In this match, these two teams will meet for the first time in their history, with the Toffees hosting the Slovaks of Ruzomberok at Goodison Park on the 1st leg of this 3rd qualifying round for the Europa League
Everton really can’t complain about their draw, since they were lucky to get a team with little no none European experience, and they probably shouldn’t have much trouble getting through this round.
This will be Everton’s first official match this season, while Ruzomberok already played 5 official matches, split between their domestic league and the Europa League qualification.
After a season with good results, this team from Liverpool were able to return to European competitions, after a drought that lasted several seasons (last time they qualified was when David Moyes was in charge).
So this will be a good test to their squad and to their coach Ronald Koeman, to see if he can apply a proper rotation in order to keep their players at a good level both physically and mentally, because the Premier League can be tough, especially when you add Thursday night matches every week.
The Toffees have lost a couple of key players from last season like Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu, but they also snatched some quality players to replace them, like Sandro Ramírez from Málaga and Davy Klaasen from Ajax.
There is also high anticipation regarding the return of Wayne Rooney to Everton, which was his first club.
Everton vs Ruzomberok Pick:
Despite the players who left, Koeman has already proved to be really good in terms of their squad management (mainly on Southampton), being used to lose key players and having to replace them with others and reinventing his model of play.
With that said, and since they are facing a team with little European experience and with a lower quality when compared to Everton.
I believe we can see a rout, with Everton winning very comfortably.