PREDICTION Everton vs Hajduk Split: Take advantage of Magis Goodison Park
Everton will host Hajduk Split in the first leg of the Europa League play-off at Goodison Park Stadium on Friday (18/8) early morning hrs. Can Everton take advantage of the home moments in this match?
Everton have no trouble getting past Ruzomberok in the Europa League qualifiers and a similar story might have happened this time, though Split Hajduk may be a more classy opponent.
The Toffees won with a score of 1-0 each in a two-leg match against Ruzomberok, with Leighton Baines scoring the first-leg goal at Goodison Park and young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring in the second leg.
But it was their first competitive game of the season, and the game against Split Hajduk is likely to be a better performance. Everton have been in full fitness right now after starting their Premier League season last weekend.
With the strength of the squad on paper better than Hajduk Split, Everton are required to be able to secure a convincing victory to ease their way in the second leg match.
Key players Everton vs. Hajduk Split
Everton has been inhabited by new players this season, and Davy Klaassen is one of their new players who are able to directly inhabit the core team. The Dutchman immediately won the confidence of manager Ronald Koeman, and he will not waste it.
As an attacking midfielder, Klaassen is equipped with excellent vision to create his team’s attack. The experience as Ajax Amsterdam team leader last season also kept him focused on the crucial moment, which is very important in this European competition.
Although still 19 years old, Nikola Vlasic has made it into the main team Hajduk Split since last season. His great talent earned him the confidence to show his ability at the highest level.
And in this match, Nikola Vlasic will be tasked with dismantling the Everton defense with his dribbling ability and speed. Although his team is more likely to survive in this match, Vlasic still has an opportunity to make a big impact if he is able to take advantage of any counterattack opportunities that arise.
Prediction of Everton vs Hajduk Split
Everton XI: Pickford; Keane, Jagielka, Williams; Calvert-Lewin, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Baines; Rooney, Klaassen; Ramirez.
Hajduk Split XI: Karlo Letica; Carbonieri, Hamza Barry, Radosevic, Juranovic; Vlasic, Orhandza, Pesic, Nizic; Fomitschow, Gentsoglou.
Everton certainly try to appear to attack for a quick goal in this match. Goals early in the game is very important for the troops Ronald Koeman to avoid problems towards the end of the game. Playing at Goodison Park will also help them to achieve perfect results. The enclosure factor and the material quality difference of the players make the game result stand out.
Prediction score: Everton 3-0 Hajduk Split