Sky Sports pundit predicts Everton rookie to run amok against Limassol
By Abigail Withey
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Everton will be able to secure a 3-0 win over Cypriot side Apollon Limassol on Wednesday evening.
The clubs are set to face each other in the second match of the Europa League group stages at Goodison Park.
The Toffees suffered a heavy defeat in their first group clash after Atalanta secured a 3-0 victory over Ronald Koeman’s side while Apollon drew 1-1 with fellow competitors Lyon.
Although the Blues have had a somewhat turbulent season across all competitions so far this season, Charlie Nicholas believes they will come away with three points on Wednesday night.
He claimed rookie Calvert-Lewin could run amok and score at least once against the visiting side.
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“Every game is tough at the moment for Everton. Oumar Niasse has dug Ronald Koeman out of a hole but he won’t be fazed by being proved wrong,” the pundit wrote on the Sky Sports website.
“I covered them in the Carabao Cup and they looked tense, but they showed good character against Bournemouth at the weekend, recognising they are in a battle.
“Koeman has been honest admitting he was concerned with the team and I think they’ve had a good look at themselves. They’re in a similar position to Arsenal were a few weeks ago in the sense of just needing to tie a couple of wins together.
Nicholas believes that Calvert-Lewin will score Everton’s opening goal during their predicted 3-0 win.
Ronald Koeman and his squad will know how vital it will be to secure a win on Wednesday as they are currently sat at the bottom of their group without any points.
Former competitors Atalanta sit high at the summit with their three points, while Lyon and upcoming opponents Apollon Limassol have a single point each.
Their recent 2-1 win over Bournemouth, with goals courtesy of outcast Oumar Niasse, will potentially give them a new found confidence going into their Europa League clash.
In other Everton news, the club’s recent summer signing has made an admission about joining the Toffees.