Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prediction: Everton vs Leicester City

Verdict: Away team to score over 1,5 goals – yes

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: 888sport

Everton and Leicester City are in the middle of the standings right now, but their form has been opposite. The Foxes are riding a six-game undefeated streak, while Everton have not won in their last seven. Both sides will put their streaks on the line when they meet at Goodison Park this Wednesday, at 19:45 BST.

Everton

Everton have been one of the biggest disappointments this season. After building a team that looked capable of fighting for a European berth, The Toffees have looked underwhelming and have not been able to become a threat. In fact, they have spent the majority of the season battling near the relegation zone, and they currently sit in ninth place of the standings with just 28 points. The Toffees are coming off a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich, and they are also riding a three-game winless run at home, so things are not looking up for them at the moment. But considering they are out of the FA Cup, they can focus entirely on ending the season as best as they can. Attacking-wise they must improve as well, since they have not scored more than once in each of their last seven games.

Team News

Everton will be quite depleted ahead of this game.

Leighton Baines (calf), James McCarthy (broken leg), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee) and Maarten Stekelenburg (groin) are all out.

Leicester City

Leicester are nowhere near the form they had when they won the Premier League, but they are going through their best stretch of the season. The Foxes are riding a six-game undefeated streak across all competitions, and in fact they went five straight games without conceding prior to their 5-1 win over Peterborough last weekend in the FA Cup. As a result, Leicester not only reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, but they also sit in seventh place of the Premier League standings with 24 points. They are still eight points behind Arsenal and 11 behind Tottenham for a UEFA Europa League berth, but they are on the right track right now. And visiting a lowly team like Everton seems like the perfect chance to keep their winning run alive.

Team News

Leicester do not have many absentees ahead of this game.

Aside from Wes Morgan, who is dealing with a thigh injury, the rest of the team has been listed as available.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Leicester are riding a six-game undefeated streak across all competitions. They have conceded just once over that span.
  • The Foxes have also scored at least two goals in four of those six games, and are coming off a 5-1 win over Peterborough in the FA Cup.
  • Everton are riding a six-game winless run in the Premier League. That same streak extends to seven matches across all competitions.
  • The Toffees have not scored more than one goal in each of their last seven games across all competitions.
  • The head-to-head record indicates three wins for Leicester and two for Everton in the past five meetings. Leicester won 2-0 the last time these two sides met.

Conclusion

Leicester have been very good over the past few weeks, and the results back them up. Their scoring has been quite efficient as well, so they are likely to escape with a solid win here.

Expect them to score at least 1,5 goals as well.

Verdict: Away team to score over 1,5 goals – yes

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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