KRC Genk v Everton

After a convincing 3-0 triumph over FC Twente on Dutch soil on Wednesday, the Blues’ mini preseason ‘tour’ gathers pace.

Everton are off to Belgium to face native side KRC Genk at their home stadium, the Luminus Arena, fit to hold just shy of 25,000.

It’s a perfect fit to get a feel of the type of stadiums the Toffees will hopefully be lining up in throughout the Europa League campaign.

A mid table side in the Jupiler Pro League, they finished 8th last term, they will prove a decent test.

With the countdown to the opener of our European adventure getting ever so close the blues will be looking to step up the pace.

The squad is the same as last time out, none of those nightmare pre-season injuries so far, fingers crossed.

With Evertonians already getting to feast their eyes on new signings Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Cuco Martina this preseason, they’ll be hoping it’s Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez’s turn to get a run out.

The last of a trilogy of live streams on Everton’s website, here’s to hoping three is the lucky number… and blues at home can actually tune in this time around.

This clash is the final chance for players to prove to boss Ronald Koeman they’re fit enough to get a place in the side for the season’s competitive opener against MFK Ruzomberok of Slovakia on Thursday.

Friendlies may not be the prettiest of games, but the way in which they help new signings gel into the squad is priceless.

Not to mention the aid in the match fitness they build up. Professionals can train all they want, but nothing gets the body more ready for matches than actually playing games.

Up the Toffees.

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