Everton will be looking to gain some away advantage when they travel to face BSC Young Boys in the first leg of their last-32 Europa League clash on Thursday.
The Swiss hosts just edged into this stage of the competition when they finished 2nd in group I behind Napoli, they do boast a strong home record in Europe with seven win in their last seven home matches at the Stade de Suisse aswell as scoring 13 goals and conceding just the one on home turf this campaign.
However their form of late has lacked consistency winning just twice in the last six games in all competitions, but a 4-2 over Grasshopper Zurich in their last game will give them a boost of confidence going into this tie.
Roberto Martinez’s side will be eager to get back in European action after a strong group campaign finishing top and losing just the once in Group H with the likes of Wolfsburg, FC Krasnodar and Lille for competition. Like their opponents Everton’s recent form has been very inconsistent with just the one victory in their last six, they suffered late heartache in their last outing with a late Willian goal denying them a point in the 1-0 defeat away to Chelsea.
The hosts have no fresh injury concerns going into this tie, the same cannot be said for Everton as; Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar and Aiden McGeady all doubtful for the trip to Switzerland and will be missing new signing Aaron Lennon who is cup-tied.
Written by Danial Kennedy [@danialkennedy95]