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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Everton rated the 47th-best club in the world

In today’s links: Koeman’s quotes, Everton linked to German defender and the global soccer ratings.

Everton v Stoke City - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

It is match day once again! The games keep on coming for Everton. They have two in the next four days and both have huge importance. The squad is fairly thin for being so early in the season, but they can take a huge leap today by earning a spot in the Europa League group stage. Come on, you Blues!

In case you missed it

Everton face a tough test on and off the pitch against Hajduk Split
The Toffees take a 2-0 lead to Croatia in the second leg of their Europa League play-off, but much of the attention will be focused on what’s happening in the stands.

Joel Robles to stay at Everton, for now
Move back to Spain looks to have fallen through.

EFC’s tactical success and failure against Manchester City was a tale of two halves
Koeman’s plan worked to perfection in the opening 45, but he failed to adjust to a changing match.

Thursday’s Bites

Koeman's Pre-Hajduk Split Press Conference - EvertonFC.com
Watch Koeman's full press conference ahead of the second leg of Everton's Europa League duel with Hajduk Split.

Rooney's England Retirement Good For Everton, Says Boss - EvertonFC.com
Ronald Koeman sees the bright side of Wayne Rooney's international retirement.

Global Club Soccer Rankings - FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight's global club soccer rankings compare hundreds of men's soccer teams across dozens of leagues. They update after every match and currently rate Everton as the 47th-best club in the world, seventh in the Premier League behind the usual suspects.

Bookies make Everton second favourites to sign Benedikt Howedes - HITC
The Blues are second only to their Red neighbors, Liverpool.

EFC and Split won't know UEFA sanctions until AFTER second leg tie - Liverpool Echo
Some extremely weak sauce here.

What to Watch

UEFA Europa League: Hajduk Split vs. Everton
Rosenborg vs. Ajax, 2:45 p.m. ET
Marseille vs. Domžale, 2:45 p.m. ET
Men’s College Soccer: UCLA vs. Santa Clara, 10 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
Women’s College Soccer: Coastal Carolina vs. NC State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky vs. Kentucky, 7: 30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
MLB: Rockies at Royals, 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Sox at Indians, 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network
Nationals at Astros, 8:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network
Little League World Series: Canada vs. Mexico, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

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