Everton and Dinamo Kiev could not be in more different form on the domestic front, with the Toffees ailing and the Bilo-Syni sailing off into the sunset.
Roberto Martinez’s men have won once in their last 12 Premier League games, while the Ukrainians are unbeaten in 16 outings in their own top tier, winning 13 times.
However, despite their struggles there’s evidence to suggest the Merseysiders are rightful favourites to prevail on home turf at 27/20, with Kiev and the draw both worth swerving at 9/4.
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Everton have won three of their four Europa League home games
The arrival of continental opposition has routinely shaken the Toffees from the draw-laden torpor of their domestic league form this season.
Were it not for a scratch squad losing the group stage dead rubber with Krasnodar, they would likely have a perfect home record in the competition.
Dinamo’s two defeats this term have both come away in the Europa League
The importance of downing Serhiy Rebrov’s men at Goodison Park is underlined by the fact that they have conceded just three goals in 12 games at NSC Olimpiyskiy during 2014/15.
Away from home they have been a little more vulnerable, losing 3-0 to Danish also-rans Aalborg and 2-1 to En Avant Guingamp.
Leon Osman is likely to play a part if passing a late fitness test
James McCarthy’s absence from the fold was bemoaned as Everton’s main issue in the early part of the campaign but his return has not precipitated an upturn in league form.
Osman will be welcomed back to the starting XI with open arms as they’ve lost just 14 per cent of games he’s been in from the off this term, as opposed to 41 per cent without him.
The visitors arrive without Dutch international winger Jeremain Lens
Rebrov’s side will be without Lens, who has “a serious injury” and are plenty less threatening because of it – he’s contributed seven goals and six assists to the cause so far in 2014/15.