Everton’s caretaker boss David Unsworth has travelled to France without big names Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane for tonight’s do or die Europa league match with Lyon. Off the quartet only Keane is Injured, with Academy defender Morgan Feeney coming into the squad, the others are being rested for their premier league clash with Watford at the weekend.
The toffee’s who sit bottom of group E with a single point from their first three group games need to avoid defeat if they are to add to their extremely slim chance of qualification! “We have an uphill task, but it's not impossible. We'll give everything to win,” added Unsworth.
Should they lose and Apollon Limassol beat group leaders Atlanta then then the Premier League club will be the first English team to be eliminated from Europe this season.
Over in group H, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will look to reshullfle his squad as they welcome Crvenda Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) to the Emirates Stadium. With a win required to ensure the Gunners qualify for the final 32, or a draw should Bate Borisov draw or lose to Cologne. With this in mind Wenger has decided to rest Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez, with the trio being replaced by Jack Wilshere, Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott.
In addition to those rested, arsenal will also be without the injured quartet of Danny Welbeck, David Ospina, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac.
The gunners won the reverse match 0-1 a fortnight ago!