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Apollon Limassol v Everton: Match preview
Sam Allardyce has been brought in at Goodison Park to rescue an ailing Premier League campaign, but sadly there is no hope for their Europa League efforts this season.
Everton head to Cyprus for their final game of a forgettable crack at Group E of the Europa League but the former England boss will be looking to build on back-to-back Premier League wins in the last week.
The Toffees have lost four and drawn one of their first five games in Europe this year as the combined efforts of Ronald Koeman and then caretaker David Unsworth have failed to rustle up a victory.
Their sole point in Europe came back in September on matchday two against Thursday’s opponents Apollon Limassol, as goals from Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlasic earned a 2-2 draw.
Last time out in Europe they were hit for five at Goodison Park by Atalanta and Allardyce’s first job is to shore up a defence that has been leaking goals all season.
The ex-Crystal Palace manager, along with a backroom staff of Sammy Lee and Craig Shakespeare, must turn the ship around, and a victory would go a long way to building momentum in the blue half of Merseyside.
Apollon meanwhile are also out of the Europa League after a winless group stage so far, but they have impressed in holding each of Everton, Lyon and Atalanta to a draw.
Victory for the Cypriots would be their first in seven UEFA games and leave Allardyce – now in charge of his seventh Premier League club – with much to ponder ahead of a busy Christmas period.
But it does present the manager with a chance to have a proper look at the depth of this Everton squad and the players would do well to heed the words of Unsworth after their last European humbling against Atalanta.
“I asked the players to make it difficult for me to leave them out of the team on Sunday and the majority have probably made it very easy for me. The manner we capitulated just isn't acceptable and the players know that.”
Apollon Limassol v Everton: Team news
The home side have no injury concerns and can choose from a fully fit squad as they look to pick up their first victory in this season's group stage and finish above Everton.
The Toffees could hand debuts to as many as eight players, with Sam Allardyce looking to blood some younger players and give them some invaluable first team experience.
Allardyce will not make the trip to Cyprus himself, due to a pre-arranged medical appointment, and will instead leave first-team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson in charge for the trip.
Morgan Schneiderlin is available for selection after serving a one-game ban but Sandro Ramirez and midfielder James McCarthy have not travelled.
Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane will also miss out due to injury.
Apollon Limassol v Everton: Key statistics
- Everton picked up their only point of this season’s Europa League campaign against Apollon Limassol on matchday two, drawing 2-2 at Goodison Park.
- In fact, if Everton fail to beat Apollon, they will have recorded the worst ever group stage campaign by an English side in in either the Champions League or Europa League.
- In the Europa League only, no English side have ever failed to win a group stage match in a single campaign.
- The Toffees will be just the second English side to visit Apollon Limassol in European competition after Liverpool in a first round Cup Winners’ Cup tie in September 1992, with the Reds winning 2-1.
- Apollon Limassol are without a win in their last 10 Europa League group stages matches (D3 L7), with their last victory coming at home against FC Zürich in September 2014.
- English sides are unbeaten in their seven trips to Cyprus in European competition, winning six and drawing one.
- Everton, alongside, Vardar are the only sides to concede 2+ goals in each of their five Europa League games this season.
- Only Vardar (19) and Austria Wien (16) have conceded more goals than Everton (15) in the Europa League this season.
Apollon Limassol v Everton: Match odds
Apollon Limassol: 19/10
All odds correct at the time of writing
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