Martinez ready to experiment

10 December 2014 12:02:11 EST
Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is ready to give his fringe men a chance against Krasnodar on Thursday.

The Merseyside outfit have already qualified for the knockout stages as group winners and as such Martinez plans to give a few youngsters the chance to impress in the Europa League.

He told reporters: "I think it should be a celebration. We have one game to go, we have had an exciting time in Europe and it is ideal for us to experiment.

"We want to show a few diamonds of our development system. It is a really exciting game for us."

The likes of Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Ryan Ledson and Kieron Dowell are all expected to start against Krasnodar, who cannot qualify for the next stage of the competition.

Martinez also confirmed forward Arouna Kone will start as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury, while Bryan Oviedo could also make a return from injury in some capacity, although he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Everton are 5/6 to beat Krasnodar at Goodison Park on Thursday and 12/1 to win the Europa League outright.

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