Everton are set for a hostile reception when they face off against Hajduk Split in their Europa league qualifying second leg. Everton take a 2-0 aggregate lead into the game.
“Nothing to be left to chance”, where the words of Ronald Koeman in his Wednesday afternoon pre-match press conference. The Dutch boss made it clear there will be a couple of forced changes from Monday night’s game against City, but insisted the team will be the strongest available.
Everton will be without Sandro Ramirez once more, as the Spanish u21 continues his recovery from an ankle injury sustained against Stoke City. Also set to miss the tie is is Davy Klaassen who has stayed on Merseyside for some rest and rehabilitation in time for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.
Hajduk had 3/4 of their first team squad missing through injuries and suspensions in the last round. This will mean a change or two to their team for the second leg is almost certain. Split coach Joan Carillo mentioned, ahead of the game, that he believes athough Everton won the first leg comfortably in the first leg, his team found ways to attack and create chances which they will utilise in Thursday evening game.
Theres no doubting the atmosphere will be hostile and threatening from the home support. Uefa are due to take strong action on Hajduk Split for their supporters pitch invasion,which stopped the game at Goodison, after the 2nd leg has been played. With that in mind any further incidents from the Croatians would almost certainly see them jeopardise future campaigns in European football.