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Dynamo Kiev v Everton Europa League Preview

Roberto Martinez and the team will need to be at their best in order to get past the Ukrainian league leaders...

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When and Where: 18:00 GMT, the Olympics Sport Complex

Referee: Deniz Aytekin

Everton travel to Kiev with a slender 2-1 lead to protect, and a slight turn in form giving some hope of a good result.

Team News:

John Stones and Aiden McGeady are both in the squad after recovering from their respective injuries, but Kevin Mirallas, Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo, and Steven Pienaar haven't flown out. Aaron Lennon also can't play because he is cup tied.

The Opposition:

Kiev is an intimidating venue even without the current civil war going on in the country, and the Toffees will have to be at their best to get anything here. French side Guingamp won their home leg by the same scoreline only to be knocked out in the Olympic stadium. Also, the Ukrainian side haven't lost in any competition at home this season. However, they will be without attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda and defender Yevhen Makarenko. Several players, including Jermain Lens are doubts for the tie.

What To Watch For:

With a draw being enough to go through to the quarter finals, it could be that Martinez decides to play the Muhamed Besic, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry axis in midfield. We have looked unlikely to concede whenever the trio have started together, and with Darren Gibson doubtful to play twice in the same week it could be a shrewd move.

Meanwhile, Steven Naismith is likely to play having missed out on the weekend, with Aiden McGeady or Christian Atsu maybe getting a chance in the absence of Mirallas and Lennon. The Ghanaian would be interesting to see, having actually looked quite good in his cameo against Newcastle. His lightning pace would also be great as we are likely to play on the counter attack.

Lastly, despite Antolin Alcaraz not making any clangers in his last two matches it will be a relief to have Stones back. The youngster is possibly our best defender, no mean feat for a 20-year-old. This will be his toughest test yet though, and we have to hope it isn't too much for the England international.

The Final Word:

This is going to be very nervy. Goals for both sides are likely, and it will go right down to the wire with away goals perhaps coming in to play. We're a far better side than Guingamp, who lost there in a similar situation in the last round but we still shouldn't underestimate Dynamo. With that in mind I predict a loss on the night, but still going through to the next round on away goals, 3-2.