Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a routine 2-0 win over Hajduk Split Everton moved one step closer to securing their spot in the Europa League group stages. The Toffees have been impressive at the back at the start of the season and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Europa League qualifiers. Ronald Koeman’s men are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match against Hajduk Split and seeing that the Croatian team are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two sides are going to play out a goalless draw at Stadion Poljud. Leighton Baines impressed in the 2-0 victory over Hajduk and the pacey full-back will be one of the men to watch in the away team. Anyhow, the star-studded Premier League team are likely to advance to the group stages of the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Cuco Martina):
Cuco Martina is a Dutch-born footballer who plays for Curacao national football team. Martina was raised by his mother in the suburbs of Rotterdam and he began his youth career in his home-town club Feyenoord. In 2008 the pacey full back signed a contract with RBC Roosendaal and he made 68 appearances in the league for the club. Cuco Martina played for fellow Dutch clubs RKC and Twente as well before joining Premier League side Southampton on July 7, 2015. He signed a two-year contract with the Saints and he made his Premier League debut in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, coming as a substitute at half time. Martina scored his first goal for Southampton on December 26, 2015 in a 4-0 victory over Arsenal. The 185-cm-tall right back made his Curacao debut on August 9, 2011 against Dominican Republic. It has to be noted that the Southampton man represented Curacao in both 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four camaigns. The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987. The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955. In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.