Our prediction for this match:
Everton and Lille face each other at Estadio Do Algavre in their Algarve Football Cup opener. Everton smashed 133-year-old record with astonishing 22-0 win over Irdning and, no doubt, the Toffees are brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s football match. The Premier League side aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but beating Lille is easier said than done. Turkish attacker Tosun, who scored four goals in the triumph over the lower-league side at the weekend, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Les Dogues aim to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Reims, but seeing that the Premier League side impressed in their first warm-up game of the pre-season, we are tempted to put our money on the Toffees. Kevin Mirallas, who scored five goals in the 22-0 triumph over Irdning, will be yet another man to watch in the English team.
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 (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.