England Premier League
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Kick off at 6pm BST
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton will be pleased to have picked up 4 points from their opening two games since the Premier League restart. The club drew against fierce rivals Liverpool becoming just the 3rd team in England to take points from the newly crowned champions this season. That game was followed up by a 1-0 away win to bottom side Norwich.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti would have been happy that his side have restarted the campaign and not conceded a goal yet. And Everton were able to reduce Norwich to just 1 shot on target. A look at the table though may just frustrate some fans, as the club are currently 12th and the feeling is that Everton are at least good enough to be a top half side.
A win over Leicester could see them climb a couple of places depending on other results, but if the Toffees want to push into the top 10 they will need to put a run of 2-3 games together. Overall form is mixed as they have earned just 5 points from their last 15. At home though Ancelotti’s team have won 7 games from 15 and have lost just three times this season.
The pressure is on for Leicester who since the restart have played 2 games and drawn them both. The problem with that is not only have they lost distance with 2nd placed Manchester City with the gap to them increased to 8 points they now have 4th placed Chelsea on their backs with the Blues just a point behind. Wolves are also a danger with 52 points and just three points behind Leicester. All of a sudden a Champions League place for next season for Brendan Rodgers side doesn’t look like a shoe in.
Whilst the Foxes have won 7 games on the road their recent form is not good with no wins in their past 4 trips. Their last away win came at Newcastle back in January.
Everton: Fabian Delph has been sidelined with a muscle injury and will likely still miss this game. Yerry Mina however could return from a thigh injury for this match. Djibril Sidibe is ruled out of this game with a foot injury. Theo Walcott won’t return until mid July and Morgan Scheiderlin has joined Nice on a permanent deal
Leicester: James Maddison has a hip injury but is 50/50 to return for this game, he may be rested though for the next game. He is the only new injury concern for the Foxes.
Everton vs Leicester Head to Head:
Earlier in the season Leicester beat Everton 2-1.
The teams have also met in the Carabao Cup this season when Leicester triumphed on penalties at Goodison Park after the game ended 2-2.
Last season Leicester won this fixture 1-0.
In league games there is a 70% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Everton vs Leicester Prediction:
You could say Everton have less to lose than Leicester who look like they are feeling the jitters as the league comes to an end. However with a good run there is no reason to not to think Everton could finish in a Europa League spot.
Most of the first team is fit and they will be able to give Leicester a game at Goodison. The Foxes have played well in recent games against the Toffees and it’s true they haven’t lost a match since the restart but they have looked jaded somewhat, as if the pressure of finishing in a top 4 position is becoming too much. With Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers being an ex-Liverpool manager this will give Everton another reason to try and beat Leicester. It should be a close game but the Toffees have enough at home to get at least a draw.
Everton vs Leicester Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (0.0 Everton) at 1.81
Anytime goalscorer: Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 2.30