Everton - Last 5 MatchesManchester United 2-1 Everton
Everton v Lille OSC
Thursday 6th November 20:05
Europa League Group Match #4
(Naismith)Everton 3-0 Aston Villa
(Jagielka, Lukaku, Coleman)Lille 0-0 Everton
- Europa LeagueBurnley 1-3 Everton
(Eto'o x2, Lukaku)Everton 0-0 Swansea Lille - Last 5 MatchesLyon 3-0 LilleLille 1-2 Guingamp
(Mavuba)Lille 0-0 Everton
- Europa LeagueRennes 2-0 LilleLille 1-1 St Etienne
Should Wolfsburg beat Krasnodar as expected (or draw), Everton will have the chance to open up a 5 point gap over third place with a couple of matches to spare. Everton have gone 4 matches since defeat including a couple of 0-0 draws. Everton's 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture was their first goalless draw in a European fixture for 29 matches, stretching back to 1995. Romelu Lukaku is yet to score in the Europa League for Everton but is the youngest player (16 Years 218 Days) to score in this competition since the change of format with a couple of goals for Anderlecht in a 3-1 win away to Ajax in December 2009.
This match is likely to feature two of the brightest prospects in Belgian football as Divock Origi and Romelu Lukaku each notched a goal in the World Cup for Marc Wilmot's side and as the stats show, they've been pretty similar this season. At the same age, Lukaku had scored 37 goals in the Belgian Pro League and 5 Premier League goals. By comparison, Divock Origi has 9 goals in Ligue 1. Origi has scored 2 of his 4 goals this season from the penalty spot.
Possible Line ups
Lille have now gone 6 matches without a win in all competitions (D3 L3) following their 1-1 draw at home to St Etienne at the weekend. Their 2-0 loss to Rennes resulted in their third away defeat in a row in Ligue 1 and the French side have only won one match away from home in all competitions this season (W1 D2 L3) and that came on the second weekend of the new season. Lille have scored just 11 goals in 15 matches this season.
Lille have been one of the most negative sides in Ligue 1 this season. No team have scored fewer goals (9) in the opening 12 matches of the season and only two sides have conceded fewer goals (10) this season. Although Lille seem to be able to compete with Everton in terms of creating chances and shots on goal, their conversion rate and percentage of shots on target would suggest Everton are able to provide better goal scoring opportunities.
Stats and InjuriesEverton
- Bryan Oviedo
and Arouna Kone
are expected to be fully fit after the international break. Defensive duo John Stones
and Antolin Alcaraz
aren't expected to be back any time soon whilst Kevin Mirallas
is close to a return. Lille
- Lille will be without Ronny Lopes
and probably some other people.