Everton vs Olympique Lyon: All You Need To Know About The Europa League Match
UEFA Europa League: Everton vs Olympique Lyon
Everton host French giants Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday. The Toffees go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Brighton, with Wayne Rooney sparing the Merseyside outfit’s blushes.
Ronald Koeman is under increasing pressure after a series of inconsistent matches this season in both the Premier League and Europa League.They are bottom of Group E, after losing to Atalanta away from home, and drawing with Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park.
Lyon haven’t had the best of starts to the season since losing their star striker to Arsenal in the summer, and with just a point more than Everton in Group E a win for the Toffees would likely see them move into second place and could even provide a platform for Koeman to save his Goodison Park career. While neither side are in good form, Lyon have only lost once in their last six matches and beat Ligue 1 champions Monaco at the weekend, while Everton scraped a draw against Brighton and have lost two of their last six.
Neither side have a goalscorer with more than one goal to his name in Europe this season, and if Everton are going to create more for their front men they they must get more out of huge summer signing Sigurðsson, who has so far only showed glimpses of the player that helped save Swansea from relegation last season.
The hosts are likely to go with Calvert-Lewin up front as Rooney showed once against during the Brighton match that he is no longer a striker. The former England captain failed to make the forward runs needed by a lone striker, and appears to have lost the ability to take on a man, perhaps down to a lack of pace. Calvert-Lewin is yet to win over the Goodison Park faithful but he works very hard, has decent pace and is good in the air, he just doesn’t score enough goals or get into the right positions enough during matches.
Match Details Everton vs Olympique Lyon :
Date : Thursday 19 October.
Time : 20:05 BST/ 00:35 IST(Next Day)
Venue : Goodison Park
TV Broadcast : BT Sport 2, BT Sport 4K UHD(UK) / Sony Ten Network (India)
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News Everton vs Olympique Lyon :
The Toffees entered the season with the skyrocketing expectations after they spent the historical amount of money on this summer’s acquisitions. However, Ronald Koeman’s side opened both Premier League and Europa League campaigns in a horrendous fashion.
The Ditch manager is desperate to see a serious turnaround in his team’s form shortly or else he will likely lose the job.
Ronald Koeman has a decision to make whether to rest key players with Arsenal visiting on Sunday. Everton will be is without several key players due to injury, with Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy all long-term absentees.
Aaron Lennon, Yannick Bolasie and Ross Barkley are also sidelined.
Olympique Lyon :
Lyon may have sold their top scorer from the last term Alexandre Lacazette, but they have found a phenomenal replacement in the like of Mariano Diaz.
The Dominican forward took his Ligue 1 tally to seven goals when he broke the deadlock against Monaco on Friday evening. His attacking mate, Nabil Fekir, added two more to secure a massive victory for Les Gones who have bagged three goals in three straight league outings.
Everton vs Olympique Lyon Possible Starting Lineups :
Everton : Pickford(GK), Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Holgate, Gueye, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney, Niasse.
Olympique Lyon : Lopes, Tête, Mapou , Diakhaby, Mendy, Traore, Tousart, NDombele,Aouar, Fekir, Diaz.
Everton vs Olympique Lyon: Head to head –
Interestingly, this is going to be the first ever H2H encounter between Everton and Lyon.
Important Stats :
- Everton have lost two of their last 5 home games.
- Lyon have not won any of their last four away matches.
- The Blues are yet to win a Europa League game this season.
- Lyon have lost five of their last seven Europa League away games.
- ‘Les Gones’ have scored three goals in three of their last four matches.
- Ronald Koeman’s men have only won two of their last eleven games (All competitions).
- The only other French side Everton have faced, is Lille, who they played in the 2014/15 Europa League, winning once and drawing once.
- In the league this season, Lyon have scored quadruple the amount the Blues have, scoring 20 to Everton’s 5 (Lyon have played one more game, though).