Eliminated from the Europa League 2017/2018 with two rounds of anticipation and without having a victory even in the tournament, Everton meet table on Thursday, November 23. At Goodinson Park in Liverpool, they host Italy’s Atalanta, who leads the group E.
The Italian team accumulated eight points, the same number from Lyon, France. However, it takes advantage of the tiebreaker criteria. Third place is for Cyprus’s Apollon, who still has a chance to take one of two key spots in the next round of the continental tournament. The English managed only one point of the 12 disputed.
Everton’s recent performance
After heavy investments in signings, the Blues perform a disastrous performance early in the season, eventually causing the resignation of coach Ronald Koeman.
The early elimination in the Europa League, however, is not the worst situation. In the English Premier League, Everton waged a battle against relegation. On Saturday, November 18, only draw, as a visitor, with Crystal Palace, lantern of the tournament, by 2 to 2.
He thus achieved 12 points (three wins, three draws and six losses). It occupies the sixteenth place with three points of advantage in comparison with West Ham, eighteenth placed and first in the region of the sticking.
Coach David Unswort can take advantage of Thursday’s game to test some options for a performance improvement in the Premier League. He has all his main players at his disposal.
The current form of Atalanta
Although the results are not so bad, Atalanta is in a similar situation to Everton. The previous season, achieved a performance above expectations. With this, he invested in a large number of hirings. He hoped to take a step forward in the dispute with his Italian rivals. The effect was just the opposite.
On Sunday, November 19, in Milan, the Bergamo team was beaten by Internazionale to achieve a fast of victories that lasts four matches (two draws and two losses). With 16 points (four wins, four draws and five losses). It occupies the eleventh place.
The fight for a place in the Champions League is out of the question. Roma, which closes the block of the top four, has already 14 points more. Even the goal of securing more participation in the Europa League has become a difficult goal. Sixth, Sampdoria accumulated ten points more than Atalanta.
Thus, coach Gian Piero Gasperini should even focus his efforts in the fight for the Europa League. To try to secure the qualification with a round of anticipation, you can also count on practically all of your cast. The only question is regarding midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola (six matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship, no goal). He is injured and depends on a new evaluation from the medical department to see if he can be available to the coach.
History of the bouts between Everton and Atalanta
The first match of the Europa League in Bergamo was the first encounter between the teams. Atalanta scored 3 to 0.
Having a draw as a result, Atalanta must close in defense against an Everton who has been presenting serious offensive difficulties. Thus, the draw is a good bet for a bet of 3.30 on Bet365. Victory of the British has the same price. Italian success earns 2.20 per invested real.