Everton and Lille played out an eventful 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture and will be desperate to get a win today to gain leverage over each other in the group.
Everton will feel they have the edge as they are at home but they have drawn their last two Europa League matches and are up against draw specialists in Lille.
Both Everton and Lille are in Group H with Wolfsburg and FK Krasnodar. Everton lead the group with 5 points; Wolfsburg are second with 4 points; Lille are third with 3 points and Krasnodar are fourth with 2.
In such a tight group where the affects of the groups other matches are felt, it is only right to have frequent updates of the Wolfsburg vs Krasnodar game.
Before we get underway, here is the link to the starting line-ups.
It has been a frantic opening five minutes as Everton nearly scored twice. In the opening 30 seconds, Lukaku spun in behind thanks to Steven Naismith's pass and let rip a powerful shot towards Victor Enyeama, though the goalkeeper was on hand to it.
In the fourth minute, Enyeama rushed out and completely missed the ball, luckily there were enough Lille defenders to deter Everton from shooting into an empty net.
15th minute: Everton have had the majority of play and came close again through a free-kick. The inswinging cross met the head of Naismith though he was crowded out and unable to really connect with the ball as he would have wanted.
18th minute: Everton's frantic start has been tempered by Lille's deep defence as the Toffees struggle, understandably, to break down the Ligue 1 side.
The stats of the game accurately reflect this as Everton have had 70% of the ball but have only created 2 chances - the same as Lille. Lille have developed a reputation for having a stern defence and are certainly living up to that today - we could be in for a long one.
23rd minute: Lille have a corner that is cleared but the ball falls down to Mendes who has a pop at goal. Tim Howard palms it out for another corner but the resulting shot is blasted into row-Z.
26th minute: GOAL! Leon Osman has broken the deadlock. The move started deep in Everton's half but gathered moment when Lukaku's flick took out a few Lille players. The move continued until it reached McGeady on the right wing who whipped in an average cross that luckily evaded everyone, everyone except Osman that is. Osman re-adjusted his body and stuck the ball sweetly in the right hand side of goal. 1-0 Everton.
31st minute: Aiden McGeady has been at centre of everything good for Everton today. The tricky winger whipped in a great cross on the left wing that planted itself on Romelu Lukaku's head. The towering striker really should have doubled Everton's lead, instead the ball skimmed off his head and out for a goal kick.
33rd minute: GOAL! Romelu Lukaku has scored an offside goal! Just to rule out all confusion the goal was correctly flagged for offside. Gareth Barry played in Lukaku who had drifted offside, though that did not stop him from finishing well.
40th minute: Everton are really purring now. After a few interceptions, Leighton Baines took control of the ball by threading in a through ball towards Naismith who fired high and low, although Enyeama helped it along the way for a corner.
41st minute: GOAL! From the resulting corner Everton have scored. An out-swinging cross from the right by McGeady found Phil Jagielka who was unmarked and headed expertly into the direction the ball came from, leaving Enyeama no chance.
A heat map of Divock Origi's performance and Aiden McGeady's highlights Lille's problems:
54 mins: Romelu Lukaku is fouled 25 yards from goal and surprisingly persuades regular free-kick taker Leighton Baines to take a free-kick. The resulting shot on goal was well taken and forced Enyeama to turn the ball behind for a corner.
Divock Origi can't win today can he?
63rd minute: Nolan Roux replaces Michael Frey and Franck Beria replaces Ryan Mendes.
66th minute: Christian Atsu replaces Aiden McGeady who has a strong shout for man of the match. Darren Gibson replaces Gareth Barry who goes off with an injury.
Wolfsburg are currently beating Krasnodar 5-1, meaning both Everton and Wolfsburg are effectively one win away from booking their passage into the next round.
Napoli are beating Young Boys 3-0 at home, while Sparta Prague have gone one better as they lead Slovan Bratislava 4-0. As the holders Sevilla, they are winning a tight contest 2-1 against Standard Liege in the Sanchez Pizjuan. That result will see Sevilla on the brink of qualification as they top Group G.