Everton v Leicester City Betting Preview
Back Everton to halt Leicester’s charge with a draw
Ronald Koeman’s men have been in fine form recently, and they’re still in with a chance of securing European football come the end of the season. The Toffees are currently seventh in the table with 51 points, only seven points off the top four. Their recent form has been excellent, having lost only three of their last 15 in all competitions, with those defeats coming against Liverpool, Tottenham and Sunday’s opponents Leicester.
While their general form has been good, their performances at Goodison Park have been superb. Everton have only lost one of their 15 home games in the league all season, winning ten. They have the fourth-best home record in the league, and have only conceded ten goals on home turf this campaign – the second best tally behind Tottenham. They’ve scored 23 goals in their last seven games at Goodison, so I think they’ll pose a tough test for Champions Leicester.
Any relegation fears Leicester City had have been well and truly wiped out, and the Foxes are now in search of a top-half finish. Following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester have won all their last six games, and are currently 11th in the table with 36 points. Craig Shakespeare has restored the sort of form we became so accustomed to last season, and Leicester fans will want to see the run continue on Sunday.
They’ve scored 11 goals in their last five in the league, and with players such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez getting back to their best Everton will have to solid defensively to keep them at bay. Over the course of the season Leicester’s away form has been poor, in fact it’s the third-worst record in the league. The Foxes have only won once on their travels in the Premier League, conceding 29 and scoring a mere 11 goals. In their current form, you wouldn’t want to bet against them taking all three points away from Everton tomorrow, but I think they would settle for a draw.
Everton may have the upper hand in the league this season, but Leicester have the superior head-to-head record in recent years. The Toffees have only won one of the last eight meetings, and Leicester won the most recent encounter after taking a 2-1 victory away from Goodison Park in the FA Cup in January. However, Ronald Koeman’s men won the reverse fixture 2-0 four months ago, so there’s no clear winner on form.
To score – Romelu Lukaku 8/11
The Belgian is having another fine season on Merseyside and is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals to his name so far. He has now scored 11 goals in his last six appearances at Goodison Park, including in all of those six – an incredible record. You wouldn’t want to bet against him finding the net, and I think he’s the most likely of anyone to score on Sunday. Lukaku to score at any time is priced at 8/11.
Both teams to score – Yes 3/4
There’s been plenty of goals in this fixture in recent years, with the two sides finding the net 22 times in the last six meetings. The two sides have scored in five of those six games, and with both teams showing a lot of confidence in front of goal I think it’s likely we’ll see goals at both ends on Sunday. You can back odds of 3/4 for both sides to score.
Match odds – Draw 29/10
With two teams in such fine form, I can’t see either side running away with it. Everton are a force to be reckoned with at home, but Leicester City have found a new life under their new manager and are getting back to the standards they set last season. I’m backing a draw at odds of 29/10, but you can back odds-on Everton at 3/4, or what looks like a very decent price of 4/1 for a seventh-straight Leicester City win.
Writer’s Prediction: Everton 2 – 2 Leicester City
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