Everton will wind down an exciting Europa league group campaign with a home game against Krasnodar at Goodison Park later tonight.
The Blues have sailed through Group H picking up 11 points from five games.
The Merseysiders secured their status as group winner’s last time out with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg and with qualification already secured, Everton boss Roberto Martinez is likely to make a number of changes to their side especially with a game with QPR looming on Monday.
Speaking ahead of the game, Martinez revealed that Joel Robles, Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone, who is set to make his first competitive start in over a year, are all set to feature while exciting youngsters Ryan Ledson and Kieran Dowell were also in contention.
“It’s a game that is a celebration, with one game to go we are top of the group and Krasnodar have no opportunity to go through. That allows us to experiment with the line-up without devaluing the competition.” Martinez said.
“Joel Robles will play in goal and we’re going to have Christian Atsu, Steven Pienaar, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Conor McAleny, Antolin Alcaraz, Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt playing because they have been working extremely well,” Martinez added.
“And then we’re going to have a couple of youngsters that are really, really exciting. I don’t want to mention their names just yet. It’s exciting for us as a Club to show another two diamonds of our development system to show the good work being done in a fantastic environment.
“It’s a really exciting game that I’m sure every Evertonian is looking forward to. We’ll feel extremely proud of the individuals on the pitch.”
Definitely out of contention are injured quartet John Stones (ankle), Steven Naismith, James McCarthy (both hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee).
Krasnodar currently sit bottom of the table after picking up three points, all from draws, in their five matches. The club are currently 4th in the Russian Premier league and lost 4-0 to Zenith in their last outing.
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