Croatian challenge for Everton

05 August 2017,

Everton will play the Croatian side Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off round after knocking out Ruzomberok on Thursday

Wayne Rooney returned to Everton this summer from Manchester United.

The Toffees, who qualified for the competition after finishing seventh in the Premier League last season, beat the Slovakian side 2-0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal in the second leg after Leighton Baines had netted at Goodison Park in the first match between the two teams.

Ronald Koeman’s side are 11/10 to earn more than 59 points in the Premier League this season while Wayne Rooney is 4/6 to be their top scorer in 2017/18.

Hajduk Split finished third in their domestic league in 2016/17 behind champions Rijeka and Dinamo Zagreb.

They have taken seven points from their first three league matches this term and have knocked Levski Sofia and Brondby out of the Europa League to reach this stage.

Apollon Limassol will play Midtjylland after beating Aberdeen in the previous round while AC Milan face Shkendija and Marseille take on the Slovenian side Domzale.

Europa League play-off draw:

Apollon (Cyprus) v Midtjylland (Denmark)
Ludogorets (Bulgaria) v Suduva (Lithuania)
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) v Skenderbeu (Albania)
Domzale (Slovenia) v Marseille (France)
PAOK (Greece) v Ostersund (Sweden)
Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) v Larnaca (Cyprus)
BATE Borisov (Belarus) v Olexandriya (Ukraine)
Utrecht (Netherlands) v Zenit (Russia)
Legia (Poland) v Sheriff (Macedonia)
Altach (Austria) v Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Ajax (Netherlands) v Rosenborg (Norway)
Partizan (Serbia) v Videoton (Hungary)
Maritimo (Portugal) v Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Vardar (FYR Macedonia) v Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Vitorul (Romania) v Salzburg (Austria)
FH (Iceland) v Braga (Portugal)
Club Brugge (Belgium v AEK Athens (Greece)
Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) v Krasnador (Russia)
Everton (England) v Hajduk Split (Croatia)
Osijek (Croatia) v Austria Wien (Austria)
Panathinaikos (Greece) v Athletic Bilbao (Spain)
Shkendija (Macedonia) v AC Milan (Italy)

The matches will be played on 17th and 24th August.



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