Everton take on Krasnodar in their last game of Group H in the UEFA Europa League. The final rankings were all sewn up after the Blues beat VfL Wolfsburg in Germany in the last round of fixtures to clinch the group winners mantle. The twelve group winners are automatically seeded in the upcoming Round of 32 knockout round, along with the four best third-placed sides that drop down from the UEFA Champions League. The eight teams that ended up third in their Champions League groups are Olympiacos, Liverpool, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, AS Roma, Ajax Amsterdam, Sporting Lisbon & Athletic Bilbao, with Olympiacos, Zenit, Sporting and Athletic the seeded teams thanks to their superior points tallies in group play.
In the Round of 32 draw to be done on Monday, teams from the same country and in the same Europa group will be kept apart. So Everton can only play one of Anderlecht, Roma or Ajax, or one of the eleven other second-placed teams in the Europa (not counting Wolfsburg. Celtic and PSV are already confirmed second place and are potential opponents.
Back to today's game though - Roberto Martinez has already announced nine members of his starting lineup for the game. Joel Robles will be in goal, and the backline may compose of Luke Garbutt, Tyias Browning, Antolin Alcaraz and Bryan Oviedo. If he lines the side up in a traditional 4-4-2, then Steven Pienaar and Christian Atsu will be on the wings with Arouna Kone and Conor McAleny forming the strike partnership - leaving the two central midfield roles open.
For Krasnodar, they have little to play for but pride at this time. As our Russian football correspondent Saul Pope told us in our Q&A, the Russian League just went into its winter break this past weekend and players' minds will be already geared towards sunny beaches somewhere near the equator and not the banks of the Mersey.
For television information, click on our match preview. Starting lineups will be posted below once we get them, join us in the comments!