Everton take on hosts Dynamo Dresden as they continue their preseason schedule in the four-team Dresden Cup. Werder Bremen and Real Betis will face off in the other game on Friday. The Blues then take on the La Liga side on Saturday.
All four teams will play two games in less than 24-hours, a challenging scheduling quirk that will force the managers to field almost two different sides for each game. The quirky nature of the tournament doesn’t end there either, as the winners of the first game will receive three points, but a point will be awarded for each goal scored as well.
There will also be no draws in the competition, with the matches headed to a penalty shootout immediately after 90 minutes if the scores are tied. Goals in the shootout will not count towards the final points tally, and after each team has played two matches, the side with the most points will be crowned the winners.
If two teams finish level on points, then their goal difference will be used to determine the champions. In the situation where the goal difference is the same, the next separating factor will be goals scored.
There are 25 players in the Everton squad that made the flight to Germany -
Goalkeepers - Stekelenburg, Joel, Hewelt.
Defenders - Pennington, Stones, Funes Mori, Oviedo, Baines, Galloway, Holgate, Coleman.
Midfielders - Davies, Cleverley, Dowell, Bešić, McCarthy, Gibson, Barkley, Barry.
Forwards - Lukaku, Kone, Grant, Mirallas, Deulofeu, Lennon.
Oumar Niasse is reportedly close to a loan deal to Galatasaray and did not travel with the squad. Defender John Stones has been linked with a move away from the club but is in the traveling party.
Club captain Phil Jagielka is still recovering from a hamstring ailment and did not make the trip. Gareth Barry and Arouna Kone however have recovered from their knocks and traveled, as did striker Romelu Lukaku who reported back to training on Monday after an extended break.
Everton’s opponents Dresden won the third tier of the German Bundesliga, gaining promotion to the second level this season, which starts in barely eight days.
Everton at Dynamo Dresden
Date and time: Friday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m. CET / 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. PST
Stadium: Stadion Dresden, Dresden, Germany
How to Watch/Listen
Live stream: evertontv (subscription required).
Everton starting XI - Stekelenburg, Coleman, Baines (c), Stones, Funes Mori, Davies, Gibson, Lennon, Barkley, Mirallas, Deulofeu.
Everton subs - Joel, Hewelt, Holgate, Galloway, Oviedo, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Cleverley, Dowell, Kone, Lukaku.
Dresden starting XI - Wiegers - Wachs, Ballas, J. Müller, Teixeira - Hauptmann, Hartmann, Lambertz - Berko, Väyrynen, Hilßner.
Dresden subs - TBD