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Everton's Luke Garbutt confident of Europa League progression

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Everton left-back Luke Garbutt is confident the Merseysiders can continue their quest for Europa League glory with victory over Swiss side  BSC Young Boys.

Roberto Martinez's men were drawn against Uli Forte's side on Monday morning, having topped their qualifying group with 11 points from six games. And with a favourable tie, the Toffees should be confident of progressing to the round of 16 with the plethora of talented players at their disposal. 

News

Garbutt took to his Twitter page shortly after the news broke, stating his confidence that the boys in blue have what it takes to reach the next stage.  He said, "Good draw I think against BSC Young Boys, really looking forward to prolonging our European adventure."

Meeting

The sides will meet for the first time, with Everton overwhelming favourites to oust the Swiss minnows from the tournament. They topped their qualifying group ahead of German side Wolfsburg, and lost just once to FC Krasnodar on a miserable evening on Merseyside last week.

Martinez will be aiming to emulate former Toffees manager David Moyes in guiding them through to the crunch stages of the tournament, with the Scot doing so back in 2008 before losing to Fiorentina on penalties after the sides had drawn 2-2 on aggregate. 

Former Chelsea duo Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku will be the men charged with firing them through, with the former possessing a vast amount of European experience that could prove the difference in February. 

Priorities

Much may depend on the form of the two teams going into the match, with Everton currently struggling to hit the same heights that they did last season. They are 13th in the league table at present, and may have to prioritise the league which could hand Young Boys a huge boost ahead of the crunch fixture. 

But avoiding a Champions League team was a huge bonus and everybody in and around Goodison Park should be confident of enjoying another long run in the tournament. 

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