Everton v Apollon

Everton will be aiming for their first win in the Europa League group stages when they play host to Cypriot side Apollon on Thursday night.

The Toffees lost their opening game of the competition 3-0 at Atalanta, who scored three goals before the half-time break to sink Ronald Koeman's charges at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Stadium.

However, the Merseysiders have hit some form following that defeat, beating Sunderland 3-0 in the EFL Cup before a 2-1 win against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Apollon drew 1-1 in their Group E opener against Lyon, thanks to a stoppage-time equaliser from Adrian Sardinero.

The visitors are unbeaten in their last seven games across all competitions, but have drawn four and won three. Their most recent outing was a 1-1 draw away at AEL Limassol in the Cypriot First Division.

The two teams have never before met in a competitive fixture.

In team news, Koeman revealed that defenders Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka will be unavailable for the clash due to injury, which also kept them out of contention against the Cherries.

"Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are not available for tomorrow and they are doubtful for the weekend. The rest is the same, there are seven players not available,” the Dutchman was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

Looking ahead to the Apollon fixture, Koeman added: "I believe we have to improve our attacking. One (element) is creating chances, one is the confidence of players and that's all about football.

"I'm not worried because I know and I believe in the qualities of our strikers but yes in the beginning of the season we had some new players and injuries and then you try and find the best way to attack.

"Maybe we know now what we need to change to create more but it's a factor that we have difficulties."

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