Everton v Krasnodar preview

The Blues qualified as Group H winners after their 2-0 win in Wolfsburg and Martinez is ready to rest his first team stars by fielding a team of fringe players and exciting youngsters in the Goodison Park clash.

“It’s a game that is a celebration,” said Martinez.”With one game to go we are top of the group and Krasnodar have no opportunity to go through. That allows us to experiment with the line-up without devaluing the competition.???

Martinez revealed several likely starters in his pre-match press conference with Joel Robles, Steven Pienaar and returning stars Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone, who is set to make his first comeptitive start in over a year, getting the chance to impress.

They will be joined by a number of exciting young talents, most likely 17-year-olds Ryan Ledson and Kieran Dowell, as Everton look to make it six games unbeaten in this season???s competition.

“Joel Robles will play in goal and we’re going to have Christian Atsu, Steven Pienaar, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Conor McAleny, Antolin Alcaraz, Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt playing because they have been working extremely well,??? Martinez added.

“And then we’re going to have a couple of youngsters that are really, really exciting. I don’t want to mention their names just yet. It’s exciting for us as a Club to show another two diamonds of our development system to show the good work being done in a fantastic environment.

“It’s a really exciting game that I’m sure every Evertonian is looking forward to. We’ll feel extremely proud of the individuals on the pitch.”

John Stones (ankle), Steven Naismith, James McCarthy (both hamstring) and Darron Gibson (knee) remain sidelined.

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