Our football match prediction:
Even though many people expected that Everton would crush Ruzomberok at their Goodison Park in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, the Toffees recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Slovakian side. Full-back Leighton Baines scored the winner for Everton in the first leg, whilst Wayne Rooney failed to impress on his return to Goodison Park. However, the former Manchester United star is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in Thursday’s football game at Futbalovy stadion MFK. Ruzomberok need to record a big win over Everton if they are to advance to the Europa League play-offs, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp in the double-header against the Premier League club. It is well known that Everton chiefs reinforced the squad in the summer transfer window and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the horizon.
Highligted Player (Davy Klaassen):
Davy Klaassen is a product of Ajax’s youth academy. He played for the Amsterdammers at youth level from 2004 to 2012 and he made his debut for the senior team against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League group stages. Klaassen was born on 22 February, 1993 in Hilversum, Netherlands and he plays as an attacking midfielder. He is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well and it has to be noted that the Dutch footballer scored 13 goals in 31 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign. Klaassen has four caps for Netherlands U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly against France. The Dutch midfielder scored his first goal for the national team against Spain on 31 March, 2015 and, no doubt, that was one of the brightest moments of his career. The Ajax footballer won his third Eredivisie trophy with the Amsterdammers in the 2013/2014 campaign.
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.