Everton v Dynamo Kiev – Toffees will move closer to quarter-final place

Everton will continue their fine Europa League form with a home win tonight


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Betting Tip: @ 13/10 with bet365

Everton are at their best in the Europa League this season and will be looking to move a step closer to the quarter-finals when they come face-to-face with Dynamo Kiev at Goodison tonight.

This match will provide the Toffees with a welcome diversion from domestic duties, especially with the side languishing dangerously close to the relegation zone. Indeed, much was expected of Martinez’ side this season following a relatively successful 2013/14 campaign which saw the side finish fifth in the Premier League table.

Things haven’t proven to be that simple however and Everton sit a mere six points above the drop zone following successive defeats to both Arsenal and Stoke as well as a draw with relegation-bound Leicester City.

Despite this poor domestic form, Everton have impressed in their European campaign, managing a double over Bundesliga high-fliers Wolfsburg and losing just once in what was effectively a meaningless match against Krasnodar.

The bookmakers are optimistic that the Toffees can sweep past the Ukrainian side over the two legs of this round. Betfred offer 11/8 for a home win on Merseyside tonight with 8/11 available at Paddy Power for Martinez’ side to be in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Goodison certainly isn’t the fortress that it was last season but the Toffees have been in top form in the Europa League at Goodison, recording wins of 3-1, 3-0 and 4-1 in the competition and they will come face-to-face with a Kiev side which will be missing three key players in the form of Younes Belhand, Andriy Yarmolenko and Sergiy Rybalka.

We don’t expect this to be the prettiest game to watch but we’re confident that Everton can manage a lead in the first leg. As far as goalscorers are concerned, Romelu Lukaku is in top form in this competition with six goals from his last three outings. At 19/10 with BetVictor he represents excellent value on the anytime goalscorer betting market.

Betting Tip: @ 13/10 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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