MFK Ruzomberok v Everton: Blues to build on first leg lead

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Everton make the 2,600 mile round trip in the Europa League to face MFK Ruzomberok, looking to extend their 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

The Blues narrowly avoided embarrassment at Goodison Park thanks to a Leighton Baines goal which should seal the tie.

Unsurprisingly the Premier League big boys are odds-on at 4/11 to claim victory in Slovakia, with Ruzomberok a chunky 13/2.

English sides often find it difficult in the early rounds of European competition (think West Ham United and Hull City), so it’s definitely worth considering.

The hosts have started their domestic season in a mixed vein of form, losing their opening fixture 2-1 before opening their account with a 4-0 victory at the weekend.

We think the 16/5 on offer for the draw makes appeal more than a surprise home win though.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman will not want to risk injury to his star players and may treat the game with some trepidation.

Blues legend Wayne Rooney is still likely to start though, and at 3/1 represents tremendous value to be First Goalscorer.

Leighton Baines is 14s to repeat the trick from the first leg and score first while silky England Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Calvert-Lewin makes appeal at 11/2.

We’re not expecting too many goals, especially given the tight nature of the first leg, so the Everton and Under 2.5 goals double makes sense at 23/10.

The Goodison outfit should still have enough in the tank to see off their opponents, even if we think it’ll be a close encounter.

We like the look of a repeat of the first leg scoreline with Everton to win 1-0 priced at 5/1.

If you fancy the Blues to put Ruzomberok to the sword, negotiate the further qualifier rounds, the group stage and the knockout rounds – they’re a handy 20/1 to win the Europa League outright.

They may be up against some big names, but given their investment over the summer, it looks a stunning price.

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.