Eliminated clubs Apollon Limasol and Everton meet on Thursday night in Nicosia in the UEFA Europa League with each side playing for precious more than pride.
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus 07 Dec 2017 6:00 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Apollon are winless in their last six matches in European football.
Expert Verdict: Apollon have actually fought very well in this competition so far, and the only match that has truly been out of hand for them has been at Lyon. At home, they are a very good team and have yet to lose this season, but a reinvigorated and likely to be changed Everton are going to cause problems and could win out in Cyprus.
Sokratis Sokratous looks set to have a full side as they look to end on a high note.
Apollon have had one clear leader this season in the Europa League, and it has been Malta international Andre Schembri. The attacking midfielder has a total of five goals to his name so far, and that has helped them put up the kind of fight they have done for most of the group. If they want a first win in the tournament, they will need him to lift his team up a little to give them hope.
Apollon have three wins, a loss, and a draw in their last five matches:
6-0 home win vs Paphos
3-0 home win vs Ethnikos Achna
4-0 loss at Lyon (UEL)
1-4 win at Alki Oroklini
1-1 draw at AEK Larnaca
Defenders:Joao Pedro, Yuste, Roberge, Jander
Defensive Midfielders:Alef, Sachetti
Attacking Midfielders:Jakolis, Schembri, Sardinero
Sam Allardyce continues to be without center back Ramiro Funes Mori, right back Seamus Coleman, attacking midfielder Ross Barkley, and winger Yannick Bolasie due to injuries. Look for lots of rotation from Big Sam as he will know his side are out of the running and will want to keep focus on the league fixtures, including the Merseyside Derby to come at the weekend.
When the Toffees were at their very lowest of form, one man was stepping up for them and that was striker Oumar Niasse. The unwanted Senegalese man scored some big goals for them to put them in situations where they could have got wins, and he could be set to impress once more in Cyprus as he's likely to get a nod to lead the line.
Everton have two wins, two losses, and a draw in their last five matches:
2-0 home win vs Huddersfield Town
4-0 home win vs West Ham
4-1 loss at Southampton
1-5 home loss vs Atalanta (UEL)
2-2 draw at Crystal Palace
Defenders:Kenny, Keane, Holgate, Martina
Midfielders:Lookman, Davies, Schneiderlin, Banigime, Vlasic
Everton and Apollon played for the first time in September, and the match ended 2-2 in Merseyside. Adrian Sardinero scored to give Apollon a shock lead before Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlasic turned it around. But a late sting in the tale occurred when Hector Yuste equalized.
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Apollon Limasol are at 19/10 to win, a draw is at 9/4, and an Everton win is at 7/5.
Permutations are simple for this match as neither side have a chance of progressing any further after a horrendous group stage. Everton, though, could jump over Apollon with a victory here in this match. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but each win and group place does bring additional revenue, so it's not as if this match can be completely forgotten.
Apollon won all three home legs in the qualification rounds to get here, and they have drawn both of their group matches so far. Overall this season, they have ten wins, two draws, and no losses at home. Everton had to go through two rounds of qualification to get here, and they had a win and a draw in those matches. In the group, they have lost 3-0 in both away matches thus far. Overall, the Toffees have one lone win, three draws, and seven losses away from Goodison Park.
Apollon would have had a bit of a fitness edge, but Everton's need for rotation is likely to cancel out that advantage.
A no for both teams to score is set at 5/4 on Ladbrokes.
Apollon started out the group on a bit of a high, but it's proven tough for them to sustain that. While Everton aren't going to make this match a priority, we can see them winning here against a shattered opponent.