The Blues will kick off their campaign at Goodison Park on 18 September against Wolfsburg before the trip to face Krasnodar on 2nd October.
18 Sep: Wolsfburg (h)
2 Oct: Krasnodar (a)
23 Oct: Lille (a)
27 Nov: Wolfsburg (a)
6 Nov: Lille (h)
11 Dec: Krasnodar (h)
In addition to the Ligue 1 side, the name of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg offers a challenging prospect, as will the long trip to Krasnodar near the Black Sea in Russia, if that is where the fixture ends up being played. There have been musings that the venue might be moved due to security concerns given Krasnodar's proximity to Crimea and the ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
The Blues were in pot 3 for the draw in Monaco based on their Uefa team co-efficient and were assigned Group H.
Full draw:Group A: Villarreal, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Zurich, Limassol
Group B: FC Copenhagen, Club Brugge, Torino, HJK Helsinki
Group C: Tottenham, Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade, Asteras Tripolis
Group D: Salzburg, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Astra
Group E: PSV, Panathinaikos, Estoril, Dynamo Moscow
Group F: Inter Milan, Dnipro, St Etienne, Qarabag
Group G: Sevilla, Standard Liege, Feyenoord, Rijeka
Group H: Lille, Wolfsburg, Everton, Krasnodar
Group I: Napoli, Sparta Prague, Young Boys, Slovan Bratislava
Group J: Dinamo Kiev, Steaua Bucharest, Rio Ave, Aalborg
Group K: Fiorentina, PAOK, Guingamp, Dinamo Minsk
Group L: Metalist Kharkiv, Trabsonspor, Legia Warsaw, Lokeren
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2 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:40:42
Could have been better, could have been a LOT worse.
3 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:40:31
Every chance of qualifying though ... coyb!!
4 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:41:37
5 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:43:09
6 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:44:27
That could have been easier that though.
7 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:45:14
8 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:46:52
9 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:45:25
10 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:46:45
11 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:47:26
Krasnodar is the only game we have to go to the other side of Europe for.
12 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:50:24
13 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:52:29
14 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:52:10
15 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:53:31
16 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:59:09
17 Posted 29/08/2014 at 12:47:41
Agree, no doubt there will be a few Howard's way types heading to Lille thinking "Great, train on time, nice quiet trip, arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to present a successful pitch for the new Higgins And Crint range of garden tools" only to find themselves subjected to....
"Eh mate...eh mate...eh mate...EH MATE!"
"D' you wanna bevvy lad"
"No. Thank. Y..."
(STOMP STOMP STOMP) "OH IT'S A GRAND OL' TEAM TO....." etc
18 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:03:15
I blame the red balls.
19 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:03:47
20 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:01:10
Under the Keppen climate classification Krasnodar has a humid subtropical climate climate (Cfa).
Winters are cold and damp, with unstable snow cover. The average temperature in January, the area's coldest month, is 33 Â°F (1 Â°C). Weather conditions in winter vary greatly. Temperatures can exceed 68 Â°F (20 Â°C) for a few days, but temperatures below âˆ4 Â°F (âˆ20 Â°C) are not uncommon for Krasnodar as the city is not protected by mountains from cold waves. Summers are typically hot with a July average of 75.4 Â°F (24.1 Â°C).
The city receives 28.94 inches (735 mm) of precipitation annually, fairly spread throughout the year. Extreme storms are rare in the Krasnodar area. Extreme temperatures have ranged from âˆ27.2 to 105.3 Â°F (âˆ32.9 to 40.7 Â°C), recorded on January 11, 1940 and July 30, 2000, respectively.
21 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:06:08
Home wins against Lille and Wolfsburg will provide a real injection of confidence. I hope to see a strong line-up against those two (and that means no Robles...)
Ro(u)bles might come handy in Russia. *Ahem* I will get my coat.
22 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:08:38
23 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:04:24
24 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:09:03
Eugene (#16) a few HowardÂs Way types ... Hahahaha, quality But my god, you do show your age at times.
25 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:13:44
Notice at the very beginning of the draw how Villarreal were the first team out and went into Group A. Seville came out next but went into Group G.
26 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:17:02
27 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:20:13
28 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:20:12
29 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:23:06
30 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:17:33
31 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:25:45
We can get past the group stages, the other teams in or group will be shitting themselves when thinking about playing us.
Howard, Lukaku, Eto'o, Mirallas, Coleman, Baines.... come on the Blues
32 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:25:07
33 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:27:39
34 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:21:51
It is a top group for star international goalies: our Howard, Switzerland's Benaglio for Wolfsburg, Nigeria's Enyeama for Lille.
Howard gets a rematch with Belgian goal scorer De Bruyne when we play Wolfsburg...unless Roberto sends Robles to The Wolves, literally.
And vs. Lille we get to take on RS loaner Origi. Bring it on!
35 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:29:09
36 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:24:56
37 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:28:17
38 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:27:38
39 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:32:04
40 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:36:32
41 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:40:16
Wolfsburg and Lille are cracking teams. Going to Krasnodar will also be tough.
I think due to the nature of draw, Roberto may change his initial strategy, which seemed like he would field young players in these matches. I wouldn't expect the likes of Browning/McAleny to start.
42 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:48:38
But the competition itself is arduous and, in my opinion, should have greater financial rewards and prestige for the effort of actually winning it. (Obviously market forces go some way in determining this).
It should naturally be the smaller brother of the Champions League - but not its infant brother which is how I think it is perceived. Winning the Europa League is no mean feat.
43 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:49:45
44 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:56:44
45 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:57:59
46 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:57:41
47 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:02:42
48 Posted 29/08/2014 at 13:42:18
Think it will a shame not to play at their ground. It seems relatively short for a Russian trip and the weather may be significantly better than Moscow. Likely to be much safer on the Russian side of East Ukraine than the Ukrainian one.
49 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:10:05
50 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:02:33
51 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:00:08
Look them up.
Lille have Salomon Kalou and Liverpool's Divock Origi as well as the formerly very highly rated Simon Kjaer. Their keeper is the Nigeria World Cup keeper Enyeama, who is highly rated but seems a bit of a calamity from what I've seen. They've had two wins and a draw in the league so far and lost the Champions League play-off to FC Porto.
Wolfsburg have just signed Nicklas Bendtner but also have some very highly rated players, especially in attacking midfield with ex-Chelsea player Kevin de Bruyne, Aaron Hunt and Ivan Perisic (who I believe was one of the legions of players linked with us earlier in the summer). They also have Luiz Gustavo who played for Brazil in the World Cup and a left back in Ricardo Rodriguez who is very highly rated and rivals our own Leighton Baines in terms of goals and assists from left back. They've played one league game this season and lost 2-1 away at Bayern Munich.
The only Krasnodar player I've heard of is Marat Izmailov but if you go to transfermarkt and look them up you'll find most things you need to know. They're currently fourth in the table and unbeaten in their first five games.
52 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:09:49
Still, we're in it and that's the main thing. Really hope we get the ruskies away early, so we don't have to play them in minus 10 degrees!
53 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:15:57
54 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:18:57
If it is, it looks brilliant draw travelwise for the squad and fans.
55 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:22:56
56 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:23:51
57 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:34:52
2/10 Krasnador A
23/10 Lille A
6/11 Lille H
27/11 Wolfsburg A
11/12 Kransado H
Just confirmed, bloody typical.
59 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:42:57
I would imagine that the League cup will see very inexperienced eleven getting an outing.
60 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:45:46
2/10 Krasnador A followed by Man Utd away on 5th Oct
23/10 Lille A followed by Burnley away on 26th Oct
27/11 Wolfsburg A followed by Spurs away on 30th Oct
So every single away game in the EL is followed by an away game in the league. What are the odds on that happening??
At least Burnley and Man Utd are not too far away to travel although the Russia trip is far......
61 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:45:11
62 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:46:30
followed by 21st Sept: Everton v Crystal Palace.
2 October: Krasnodar v Everton.
followed by Sun 5th Oct: Man United v Everton
23 October: Lille v Everton.
followed by Sun 26th Oct: Burnley v Everton
6 November: Everton v Lille
followed by Sun 9th Nov: Sunderland v Everton
27 November: Wolfsburg v Everton.
followed by Sun 30th Nov: Tottenham v Everton (they will have played home vs Partizan Belgrade)
11 December: Everton v Krasnodar
followed by Sun 14th Dec: Everton v QPR
So not great then, all three away fixtures are followed by away Premier League games including Tottenham and Man United, and only twice are we at home after a Thursday game at all.
Still, not much point whingeing about details like that anyway, but this campaign will need some careful squad management and some big decisions from Roberto.
63 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:47:57
64 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:50:44
Message to Roberto ; Roy Hodgson and Steve McClaren took Fulham & Middlesborough to the final of this competition. We can win this!
65 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:02:46
66 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:11:19
67 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:12:17
68 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:11:14
What do we reckon our second string team is currently (assuming the first XI that started vs Arsenal)? Something like:
Browning Stones Alcaraz Garbutt
Atsu Osman Mcgeady
With maybe the likes of Oviedo and Kone to feature? And some of the kids who are not on loan to come in.
Will be interesting to see what Roberto prioritises.
69 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:16:02
70 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:05:08
71 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:29:48
72 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:21:16
We need to take this comp seriously and not simply an opportunity to blood younger players. If we had a piss easy group then that would be fine but Wolfsburg at home first game needs to be 3 points and we probably need to beat the russians home and away to stand a chance of winning the group - so need to look to get 6 points from the first two EL games to set the tone. I.e. no messing about with the team, play a strong side.
7 games between 13th Sept to 5th Oct but we only have one game between now and then so there should not be the need for massive rotation (also the 4th game in the sequence is the LC). 7 games in 3 weeks is not that much of a load, its two games a week at the end of the day and we're at the start of the season. We'll probably rest a couple of players away to Swansea in the LC as we have the rs away after that.
On the Eurpean road again and 6 games guaranteed - can't ask for much more than that, am really looking forward to it.
73 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:35:59
74 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:37:26
75 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:17:52
Lille and Wolfsburg are two of the better teams in their respective leagues and Krasnoder are an unknown quantity.
The way we played against european competition in pre-season is a worry, but I'll be optimistic and say that these games weren't really competitive and were just fitness building.
76 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:40:04
77 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:54:46
I just hope Roberto names his strongest team and actually tries to win this competition. I actually think the Europa Cup is Everton's best chance of silverware this season.
78 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:56:25
Good to KO at home against the toughest in the bunch and then finish at home to see it to bed
MATCHDAY ONE: Everton v Wolfsburg, Thursday 18 September, 8.05pm (UK)
MATCHDAY TWO: FC Krasnodar v Everton, Thursday 2 October, 5pm (UK)
MATCHDAY THREE: Lille v Everton, Thursday 23 October, 6pm (UK)
MATCHDAY FOUR: Everton v Lille, Thursday 6 November, 8.05pm (UK)
MATCHDAY FIVE: Wolfsburg v Everton, Thursday 27 November, 6pm (UK)
MATCHDAY SIX: Everton v FC Krasnodar, Thursday 11 December, 8.05pm (UK)
79 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:55:23
80 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:58:57
How kind of you to offer us all a stay over on the 22nd!
What's your address?
81 Posted 29/08/2014 at 16:09:45
82 Posted 29/08/2014 at 16:38:17
I think we can forget about blooding the youngsters unless we have qualified with a game or two to spare. Samuel Eto's' experience could be our secret weapon. I agree with the post that said we are the team the others will fear in this group! Bring it on!!
83 Posted 29/08/2014 at 17:16:09
84 Posted 29/08/2014 at 15:39:02
WonÂt be easy but we should be able to get through.
85 Posted 29/08/2014 at 17:10:41
Whatever happens, the comp. is bound to cause plenty of controversy on here!
I think Martinez has to prioritise the Prem. then the Europa followed by the FA Cup, lastly the League cup.
Some very tricky decisions to be made!
86 Posted 29/08/2014 at 17:24:24
87 Posted 29/08/2014 at 17:34:20
Wolfsburg are an open team and there for the taking, despite the addition of Bendtner instead of Lukaku.
Lille are the opposite but we should out-match them man for man, let alone being the superior team.
Russians are a tough one outta pot 4 but we are faves for group winners and rightly so.
Looking forward to this. Pissed off as usual at this time of year about the pointless internationals coming up.
88 Posted 29/08/2014 at 17:57:44
I was hoping for something kinder so we could blood a few kiddies but we do seem to step up against better teams in Europe so letÂs have it.
90 Posted 29/08/2014 at 17:45:24
91 Posted 29/08/2014 at 18:16:29
92 Posted 29/08/2014 at 18:24:23
93 Posted 29/08/2014 at 18:34:29
WfL are a much more challenging opposition with the likes of Diego Benaglio, Naldo, Luiz Gustavo, Josuha Guilavogui, Junior Malanda, Ivan PeriÂšić, Ivica Olić, Kevin De Bruyne and er Nicklas Bendtner. Getting a result against them will make or break our group stage. Hopefully the atmosphere at Goodison will give us the boost we need. Should be very exciting!
94 Posted 29/08/2014 at 19:33:26
95 Posted 29/08/2014 at 20:25:37
There again, if we play against European teams like we did in pre-season, it may not be as exciting... I get the feeling this competition will only get better with Champions League as the main prize.
96 Posted 29/08/2014 at 20:52:26
Getting to Wolfsburg from Hanover is quite easy on the train and costs about Â€18, but getting back could be difficult as the last train leaves at 8pm... Any ideas?
We thought someone may know of a shuttle or coach, and according to Trip Advisor, a cab ride for the journey is about 𧴰.
97 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:30:29
98 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:37:36
I know that probably sounds like stating the obvious, but none of these sides should be taken lightly, and try and field the strongest side possible.
99 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:42:49
100 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:45:52
101 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:52:45
102 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:54:15
This will be our team:
Hibbert Stones Alcaraz Oviedo/Garbutt
McGeady Osman Astu
Its not a bad side but is it strong enough to see us through the group? Very debatable. It may also be conceivable that Lille and Wolfsberg won't play their strongest side either. whatever, I'm really looking forward to the games... and it will be nice to get a closer look at the likes of Besic and Astu.
103 Posted 29/08/2014 at 22:05:57
Now we have to think about how we can play these ties and we know these teams can hurt you if your wits are not about you but on the other hand these games if we use a strong squad then they are definitely win-able. COYB.
104 Posted 29/08/2014 at 22:11:47
Going to need our crowd more than ever if we are to be successful because this competition looks very difficult on paper. I sense real belief coming back into our club which hasnÂt been felt for a long, long time though, and just hope we can continue to improve. If we can sort our defence out then IÂm sure we are going to start winning cups again, and wouldnÂt it be great to start with this one!
105 Posted 29/08/2014 at 23:00:15
Of those currently not starting, Stones, Oveido, Besic, McGeedy, Atsu and Eto could arguably be in our best first 11 anyway.
I very much doubt we will see much of Hibbert. I think Martinez has kept him due to the family nature of the club.
106 Posted 29/08/2014 at 23:17:36
COYB. Now lets stuff Chelsea and Maureen first.
107 Posted 29/08/2014 at 23:26:21
108 Posted 29/08/2014 at 23:28:40
109 Posted 30/08/2014 at 00:02:24
110 Posted 30/08/2014 at 00:07:49
111 Posted 30/08/2014 at 00:25:45
112 Posted 30/08/2014 at 01:18:49
Playing two games in a week every now and then shouldn't be a problem for the players. We only have six games in the Europa League before Christmas, so it is hardly overloading them. I would expect the League Cup to be the competition that gets the lowest priority in the early rounds.
I can see maybe 4-5 players being rested / benched for Europa League games that will be followed by particularly tough Premier League games once we are a couple of months into the season, but until then I think 8-9 first team regulars will be doing double duty and they should be able to handle it. Minor injuries will obviously shake things up.
I don't think I am deluded, but I suppose we will find out. ;)
113 Posted 30/08/2014 at 08:55:54
A couple of loan deals on Monday with experience and I think we really have a chance this season of picking up some silverware.
114 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:09:16
Just sorted trains and hotel for 𧴺 from London. Unless they release more tickets, I would get your skates on.
115 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:13:43
116 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:12:28
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