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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Vlasic potential, Silva’s setpiece targets, U23s lose

Recapping all of yesterday’s Everton news...

Bury v Everton - Pre-Season Friendly
Will we see Vlasic in royal blue again?
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Your daily dose of Everton news and rumors

The Everton Under-23s played in the Premier League International Cup yesterday at Goodison Park against Bayern Munich, but failed to convert their early domination into goals and paid the price, losing 4-1. [EFC]

Should Gylfi Sigurdsson continue to take Everton’s spotkicks? Is there someone in the squad with a better record? [RBM]

Marco Silva knows that with his trio of giant centerhalves that the Blues should be scoring more from setpieces, and he has a plan for it. [EFC]

Everton have been drawn to play against Lincoln City in the FA Cup Third Round, and their chairman is a diehard Blue - a good interview here with him. [Echo]

With the festive schedule almost upon us, here’s a strength of schedule comparison to see which clubs have the hardest fixtures during the Christmas period. [talkSPORT]

Nikola Vlasic continues to go from strength to strength at CSKA Moscow - we take a look at his stats and whether he could be Gyfli Sigurdsson’s heir apparent. [RBM]

While Vlasic’s CSKA side ended up fourth in their group and are out of European action for the season, another Evertonian Henry Onyekuru saw his Galatasaray side squeak into third place and continue their adventure in the Europa League. [Football Live]

Speaking of the Champions League, here are the sides that will go into the Round of 16 draw to be held on Monday. [UEFA]

What To Watch

It’s the Europa League’s turn today, with the final group games before we find out which 12 group winners and which 12 runners-up make it into the hat for the knockout rounds.

Full schedule here.

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