Everton sit on the cusp of Europa League progress, top of Group H with two games remaining. In their quest to advance, though, the Toffees must navigate what is, on paper at least, the toughest of their three away matches in the group phase.
Win against Wolfsburg on Thursday and the Blues will emerge as group winners with a game to spare; a draw guarantees qualification but potentially leaves the door open for Wolfsburg to snatch top spot in the final round of fixtures.
In the September meeting,...
Arouna Kone is close to putting 13 months of injury misery behind him after travelling to Germany as part of the Everton squad for Thursday's Europa League meeting with Wolfsburg.
The Ivory Coast international striker has not played for the Toffees' first team since October 2013 after suffering knee ligament damage that required surgery.
That injury came three months after the striker left Wigan to join Everton, for whom he has still not started a Premier League match.
He did appear to be close...
Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking feels Nicklas Bendtner may well be extra-motivated for Thursday's Europa League Group H home clash with Everton, as the opponents are an English side.
Striker Bendtner joined his current club over the summer after he left the Toffees' fellow Barclays Premier League outfit Arsenal, for who his performances were frequently derided.
Asked on Wednesday if he expected the 26-year-old Denmark international to be even more fired up than usual in Thursday's match, bearing in mind...