Kick Off: 1945, 03/08/2017
Stadium: MFK Ruzomberok
Everton will only take a slender 1-0 lead to Slovakia for the second leg of their Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok but are still expected to safely progress.
Ronald Koeman will be determined not to suffer another early exit from this competition, having lost out to Midtjylland when Southampton boss a couple of years ago.
That experience should ensure the Toffees take this threat seriously and we’re snapping up 23/20 they again win to nil in our Ruzomberok vs Everton betting predictions.
A Look At Ruzomberok’s Betting Odds
Ruzomberok created few chances at Goodison Park but did issue a warning of their potential when Maarten Stekelenburg had to turn Jan Maslo’s header onto the crossbar.
However, the stats show they had just 28 per cent of the possession on Merseyside and it is asking a lot for them to bridge the gulf in class against a solid Premier League outfit.
The Slovakians have lost three of their last four European home games, including when going down 1-0 to Brann of Norway here in the previous round.
A confidence-boosting 4-0 domestic defeat of Senica on Sunday doesn’t scare us and we’re on the Toffees to prevail 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at 31/20 in our Ruzomberok vs Everton betting tips.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Wayne Rooney had a quiet game in the first encounter as he took time to find his best position in a new-look Everton line-up.
However, former Ajax striker Davy Klaassen made a good impression up front and fellow new recruit Sandro Ramirez also looked lively when coming off the bench for the last half an hour.
Koeman commented: “It’s always difficult against these kind of teams who drop back and we are not 100 per cent yet.
“We would have liked to score more and we had chances but every clean sheet in European football is a good result.
“When Sandro came on, Rooney had more freedom and we had pace up front which made the team better.”
The Toffees will be keen to assert their authority on the game a touch earlier this time, so 21/20 they lead at half-time and full-time is fair value from the Ruzomberok vs Everton odds.
EVERTON 1-0 RUZOMBEROK – Leighton Baines
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