Match Preview – Everton vs MFK Ružomberok

The Europa league returns to Goodison park in tonights 3rd Qualifying round, with Everton facing opposition from Slovakian side Ružomberok.

Everton begin their Europa league campaign this evening against lowly ranked Slovakian opposition MFK Ružomberok.

The Toffees will see this as a good opportunity to leave an early mark on this particular opposition, whilst also having a sold out Goodison Park to showcase their new signings.

Ronald Koeman confirmed on Wednesday in his Prematch press conference that Wayne Rooney will start the game. Koeman also admitted he was keen for the chance to stage some of the other new players, who are chomping at the bit to show the Goodison faithful their abilities.


The opposition

MFK Ružomberok will be happy they have made it this far in the competition. They’ve already played in the 2nd qualifying round fixture and will be ecstatic at the prospect of playing a Premier League club in their own back yard.

Slovakian newspaper editor, Lukáš Vráblik, described what the Blues might expect from the travelling team

“Ružomberok don’t have real leaders or stars, they rely more on a collective effort from all of the players. The biggest name in the squad is Marek Sapara, experienced 34-year-old playmaker, who was a big star when he played for Rosenborg. There were German clubs, like Schalke, interested in him back then, but he got one long injury and he never quite came back. He played 38 games for the Slovak national team, but when he was on his top form, former national team coach Vladimír Weiss did not give him a lot of opportunities. He helped the club to their title in 2006 and then left to move abroad, and now he has returned.”

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