Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Apollon Limassol v Everton

Apollon Limassol v Everton

His assistant Craig Shakespeare manages the team tonight as Allardyce misses out due to a medical appointment.

Everton have been living in the shadow of bitter rivals Liverpool for quite some time now, and will be hoping that the switch to a larger arena will help them compete financially with the Premier League's elite clubs, and subsequently close the gap on the Reds. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gueye are among those that have remained on Merseyside, with long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman also still on the sidelines.

A youthful core of Under-23 and Under-18 regulars have also travelled, including 17-year-old defender Michael Collins and Ireland Under-21 global midfielder Harry Charsley.

"We have done that as such with some players getting their debuts".

The Toffees, already eliminated from the competition, face Apollon Limassol in Nicosia this evening.

Everton have a long way to go before they can compete with Liverpool, both on the pitch and financially.

Everton can not qualify from Group E after what has been nothing short of a disastrous European venture this season.

Fraser Hornby - Strong in the air and with a keen eye for goal, Hornby was a star performer for the Blues' Under-18s last season.

Everton finished their campaign in third position, racking up four points from six games.

'It is a chance to prove you can play. This team is doing well in the domestic competition and at home, I think they will fancy a win over Everton.

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