Prediction: Leicester to Win to Nil
Everton boss Marco Silva has a huge test to try and save his job as he takes his side to the King Power Stadium to play on Leicester City on Sunday evening.
The Blues have been terrible so far this season and currently sit 17th in the table and are in for a severe test against Brendan Rodgers high-flying Foxes.
With Silva under severe pressure at Goodison Park, the story could not be more different under Rodgers in the East Midlands. The Northern-Irishman has done a brilliant job so far and has them sitting third in the Premier League table. Leicester, apart from Liverpool, have arguably been the best side in the top-flight this season. Having scored the third most amount of goals in the Premier League, whilst also managing to rack up the best defensive record, it could be said that they have all of the ingredients to remain in the upper echelons of the division throughout the season. As a matter of fact, they now have a chance to make it six consecutive Premier League wins for the first time in the club’s history. Whilst that form will delight Foxes’ fans, and understandably so, it has reportedly attracted interest from other clubs. Having sacked Unai Emery in midweek, Arsenal reportedly have their eye on Rodgers for their vacant role, and should the Foxes get another victory this weekend, that noise will surely increase.
Prior to the match, there were worries surrounding the fitness of defender Jonny Evans after he was withdrawn in the recent win against Brighton & Hove Albion. However, Rodgers has confirmed that he will be fine to play. Midfielder Matty James is back in training but once again is not going to feature having not been included in the Foxes’ Premier League squad.
The Toffees head into this game on a horrendous run of form that has seen Silva come under severe pressure. Of their opening 13 Premier League games of the season, Everton have only managed to win three, instead losing seven including the 2-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Norwich City last time out. That previous loss left them 17th and only four points clear of the drop zone. One huge weakness that Silva’s troops have suffered from this season is their sheer ability, or inability thereof, is to find the back of the net. Only Watford have scored fewer than Everton’s 13 Premier League goals so far this season and considering the Hornets’ plight, that fact really is telling. However, there is some optimism that Toffees’ fans could take to the East-Midlands. Following their win against Southampton at St Mary’s a few weeks ago, the Merseysiders now have the chance to make it consecutive Premier League away wins for the first time since September 2016.
As if his job could not get anymore difficult, Silva has a few injury doubts ahead of the game. Theo Walcott, Morgan Schneiderlin, Richarlison and Fabian Delph are all set to be subjected to late fitness tests. However, Brazilian midfielder Bernard could be set to return to action. Long-term absentees Seamus Coleman, Andre Gomes, Cuco Martina and Jean-Philippe Gbamin all remain out.
Key Facts To Consider
- Everton have the better head-to-head record between the two teams (W42, D32, L36)
- Leicester won the last clash between the two 1-0 in January
- Jamie Vardy has scored in his last five Premier League games, and four of his last six against Everton
- Brendan Rodgers has only ever beaten Everton once as a manager
- Leicester City have claimed more clean sheets than any other side in the Premier League
On paper, this match should be a cruise for Leicester. The Foxes’ defence should potentially have no problem holding Everton’s struggling attack. Meanwhile, the hosts possess a brilliant attack which should see them sail through to another three points and back to second in the Premier League table.
Prediction: Leicester to Win to Nil
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