The Toffees continue their European odyssey as they gear up for their group opener against last season’s Serie A upstarts
Everton are into the group stage of the Europa League and they begin with a clash Serie A side Atalanta at the Citta del Tricolore on Thursday night.
Atalanta have not been in a European competion for 27 years and this is the first time they have come up against an English side.
The Toffees, meanwhile, will be hoping to secure their first ever win in Italy to get life off to a good start in Group E.
|Game||Atalanta vs Everton|
|Date||Thursday, September 14|
|Time||18:00 BST / 13:00 EST|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and by stream via the BT Sport app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2||BT Sport app|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on a number of regional networks listed below and nationally via Fox Sports Go and ESPN3 live streams.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FS West, FS Arizona, FS Midwest, FS Carolinas, FS Ohio, FS Tennessee, FS Southwest, FS South, MASN, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh||Fox Sports Go / ESPN3|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Pickford, Stekelenburg, Robles|
|Defenders||Baines, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Martina, Coleman, Holgate, Connolly, Kenny|
|Midfielders||Schneiderlin, Barkley, Mirallas, Lennon, McCarthy, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Besic, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman|
|Forwards||Ramirez, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin|
Seamus Coleman isn’t expected to return until the end of the year after breaking his leg during an international match for the Republic of Ireland in March.
After a failed deadline day transfer to Chelsea, Ross Barkley has since suffered a hamstring injury and is due to be out for a number of weeks.
Potential starting XI: Pickford; Keane, Jagielka, Willaims; Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Davies; Ramirez, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin.
|Goalkeepers||Berisha, Rossi, Gollini.|
|Defenders||Toloi, Masiello, Palomino, Gosens, Caldara, Castagne, Mancini, Hateboer, Bastoni, Spinazzola|
|Midfielders||Christante, Orsolini, Freuler, de Roon, Melegoni, Kurtic, Haas, Spinazzola, Ilicic|
|Forwards||Cornelius, Gomez, Vido, Petagna|
Spinazzola missed Atalanta’s previous game against Sassuolo due to injury and is likely to miss out on the first game of the group stage.
Potential starting XI: Berisha; Toloi, Masiello, Caldara; Mancini Freuler, Melegoni, Kurtic; Gomez, Vido, Petagna.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Everton are 2/1 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Atalanta priced at 13/10 defeat the Blues and a draw is available at 11/5.
Toffees striker Wayne Rooney is priced at 15/8 to score any time during the game.
Everton haven’t had the strongest start to the season, securing just four points in four games and losing their last Premier League match 3-0 against Tottenham.
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However, with top-scorer Wayne Rooney on hand having been part of the reigning Europa League champions squad with Manchester United, Ronald Koeman hopes the Toffees will be able to progress from Group E.
Koeman’s men came through two qualifying rounds against MFK Ruzomberok and Hajduk Split and will be aiming to maintain their form in the competition with a what would be a historic win in Italy.
Home side Atalanta are returning to Europe for the first time in 27 years after a successful previous season finishing in fourth place in Serie A and coach Gian Piero Gasperini will be hoping to use their 3-4-3 formation to secure a win.