Everton v Leicester Preview And Betting Tips
A single goal for Chelsea from Ross Barkley ended Leicester hopes of an FA Cup semi-final berth on the weekend, however Brendan Rodgers will insist his team puts that behind them when they take on Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday night. The Foxes have plenty to play for in the final straight of the league season, however with Chelsea breathing down their necks a point behind in fourth place, they have their work cut out if they want to secure a remarkable top-four finish.
It hasn’t exactly been the sort of return that Brendan Rodgers’ men were hoping for, drawing two of three winless outings, with the latest seeing them exit the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage against Chelsea.
Everton on the other hand, kept the newly crowned Premier League champions and neighbours Liverpool out in their opener, while they grinded their way past Norwich on the road last time out.
That is an improvement on the 4-0 hammering the Toffees were given by Frank Lampard’s Blues outfit just before the covid-19 break and they’ll be much more confident heading back to Goodison Park.
Indeed, they’ve won half their last eight unbeaten outings here since December, including three of six since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti.
In fact, only the Reds, Man Utd, Newcastle and Arsenal have managed to come away with any points over that seven-month period to the festive season and it’ll likely be a tall order for the Foxes to become the first to change that.
Everton To Beat Leicester
The visitors have just four wins now from their last 15 league outings dating back December, as each of those victories came against teams in the bottom seven of the table.
In fact, they’ve now failed to win any of their last four road games, losing half of them as one of those came versus rock-bottom Norwich.
To make matters worse, they hold a record of three defeats from their last five winless outings when excluding the separated bottom six sides, so we’re leaning the way of the hosts for this one.
Both Teams To Score
Everton have now gone an impressive W5-D2-L1 from their last eight at Goodison Park up against the respective top six sides this season and last, netting two or more goals in half as both sides got onto the scoreboard in four of five this campaign alone.
Furthermore, although the Toffees lost this fixture here last term, they did win in Leicester that season, while they’ve won two of the three league encounters here since the start of 2016/17.
Interestingly, we can also see that four of the five clashes at Goodison Park since the start of the 2014/15 campaign have seen a minimum of three goals, with three of them featuring four or more.
Given both sides found the net in four of those five meetings as well, we’re expecting there to be a few goals too.
The Foxes have seen both sides strike in five of their last eight road games, while the same has occurred in three of the last four here for the hosts.