Minnesota and Everton square off in a summer friendly match at the Allianz Field on Thursday morning (1am, UK time).
How to watch Minnesota vs Everton:
The game is available to watch in the UK on Everton’s streaming service, Everton TV.
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Minnesota team news
Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath enjoyed a six-year spell at Everton in the 1980s where he made 226 appearances subsequently netting 71 goals and winning two league titles. He goes into this game against his former club without midfielder Wil Trapp after he sustained a hamstring injury in their meeting with DC United last time out. He joins Kervin Arriaga, Hassani Dotson, Niko Hansen, Patrick Weah, Tanitoluwa Oluwaseyi and Romain Metanire in Minnesota’s physioroom. That being said, Heath is excited for the challange. “It’s a real coup for the club to get a club of that magnitude to come and play preseason. Obviously with my history there, it’s going to be a special night for me and my family and everybody who is connected not only with this club, but with Everton,” he told reporters.
Everton team news
Frank Lampard will be hoping Asmir Begovic’s injury is not too serious. Everton’s back-up ‘keeper sustained a twisted ankle in training ahead of their pre-season friendly with Arsenal last time out. Elsewhere there’s doubt over Allan’s availability while Seamus Coleman and Andros Townsend could also miss out. Summer recruit James Tarkowski, who came off the bench against Mikel Arteta’s side, could make his first start as an Everton player as part of Lampard’s back-three. His professionalism is something the ex-Chelsea midfielder feels will benefit the Merseyside club. “You want good people,” he told The Athletic. “Selfish characters can be the downfall of any team. James Tarkowski is a well-spoken leader and straight away gives off a professional tone. Character in the dressing room is huge and the main attribute for me.”
Scoreline prediction: Minnesota 1-2 Everton
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