With Atalanta and Lyon streets ahead on eleven points in Group E of the Europa League, all that Apollon Limassol and Everton have to play for is pride.
And that is something that has been in short supply for the English team, who have been on a rapid downward ascent since the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
1. Apollon v Everton Preview and Odds
After losing a swathe of their early matches, Everton sacked manager Ronald Koeman and are still yet to appoint a permanent successor. Meanwhile, under caretaker boss David Unsworth, the Toffees have conceded ten goals in four Premier League outings – including the 1-4 defeat to Southampton at the weekend, and in the Europa League they have been defeated 0-3, 0-3 and 1-5 by Lyon and Atalanta (x2).
As for Apollon Limassol, they have performed admirably despite being quite comfortably the smallest club is this group. The Cypriots have struggled away from home, losing 1-3 to Atalanta, 0-4 to Lyon and drawing 2-2 with Everton, but in front of their own supporters they have truly blossomed: earning excellent 1-1 draws with the top two teams in Group E.
They’ll be quietly confident of defeating Everton in this game on December 7, so will they get the job done or can the English outfit turn around their recent poor form?
Cagey is the best way to describe the bookmakers’ pricing of this match. They have made Apollon a 2.55 shot to win, with Everton available to punters at 2.75.
The draw can be backed at 3.40.
2. Apollon Limassol vs Everton Betting Tips
It’s amazing that Everton are struggling so badly given the array of talent at their disposal. A summer recruitment drive brought in Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaasen and Sandro Ramirez, who joined the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Morgan Schneiderlin on the Toffees’ books.
That said, it was obvious that they had truly failed to replace the goals scored by the departed Romelu Lukaku, and that a midfielder-heavy recruitment policy has caused an imbalance in the Everton squad.
And that’s before we even get to their defensive woes, with goals going in left, right and centre as the Toffees’ backline seem hopelessly devoid of confidence or organisation. The supporters are starting to get on the players’ backs, and all-in-all the Merseyside club is experiencing a rather toxic atmosphere at the moment.
Everton are prone to scoring and conceding (both teams to score has been witnessed in five of their last six Premier League clashes), and so far Apollon have played their part in some end-to-end encounters too.
The Cypriots have netted in four of their five Europa League encounters, and let’s be under no illusions both Atalanta and Lyon are streets ahead of Everton in terms of their defensive work.
That suggests Apollon have an eye for goal, and while we’re reluctant to pin our flag on either team to win – Everton could click into gear at any time – we’ll certainly be backing Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals at 1.95.
There’s nothing to play for in this Europa League group game but pride: something Everton are distinctly lacking after an abject start to the season. Can Apollon pile on the misery in Limassol?