Everton host a suddenly shaky Leicester City on Wednesday night at Goodison Park. Once a title contender, Leicester City are now just trying to hold onto a top four place. Just one point separate Leicester City and fourth-placed Chelsea and three points from fifth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Foxes are in desperate need of gaining a win which has only occurred once in their last six league games.
The Toffees head into matchday 32 in 12th place. They have picked up four points from their last six available and could move into the upper half of the table with a win against the Foxes. Carlo Ancelotti has done well at Goodison Park but the team are still very inconsistent. In spite of the spending the club have done over the last few seasons, they still need to address several areas in the offseason.
Leicester City have met Everton on two occasion this season in league and cup matches. Their Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium ended in a Leicester City 2-1 come from behind win. Their Carabao Cup match at Goodison Park saw Everton come from 2-0 down to finish the match with a 2-2 draw. Leicester City went through on penalties, however.
Can Everton finally win against Leicester City or will the visitors earn a much-needed victory?
Leicester City were defeated at the weekend in the FA Cup quarterfinals by Chelsea, 1-0. The Foxes loss in the tournament was their second cup disappointment of the campaign after losing in the semifinals of the Carabao Cup to Aston Villa. The season could turn out to be a major disappointment for Brendan Rodgers’ team if they now fall out of the top four and miss out on Champions League football.
The Foxes’ win at the King Power Stadium, Everton opened the scoring in the 23rd minute through Richarlison. Jamir Vardy pegged the Toffees back in the 68th minute and Kelechi Iheanacho scored a dramatic 90th-minute winner. The win had kept Leicester City in the title picture only for them to decline in performance post-Christmas.
Leicester City are unbeaten in six of the last 10 matches against Everton in all competitions. Five of those games ended in wins for the Foxes. The good news for Ancelotti is Everton’s recent home form. They are unbeaten in six straight home games. They have posted a 7W-5D-3L record at Goodison Park. They have only scored 19 times at home.
Rodgers’ team are winless in four straight matches on the road. Two of those four games finished in losses. They were outscored 4-2 in those four games on the road. The 2017-18 league season was the last time that Everton won at Goodison Park against Leicester City.
Ancelotti has six players on the injured list heading into matchday 32. Winger Theo Walcott, full-back Djibril Sidibe, striker Cenk Tosun, and midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all ruled out of the fixture. Ancelotti is still waiting on confirmation on the fitness of centre-back Yerry Mina and midfielder Fabian Delph. The manager will hope to get Mina and Delph back for the fixture as his options are limited due to the injuries at the club.
Rodgers has two players ruled out of the game. Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira are both out of action due to injury. Ricardo is working on his rehab and could be back in the team before the end of the season.
Midfielder James Maddison is recovering from a knock after missing Leicester City’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Maddison has been poor in recent games along with Vardy. Vardy has 19 goals this season but hasn’t found the back of the net since the Premier League season restarted. Along with Maddison, Vardy is massively out of form.
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Leicester City have struggled to get goals following the Premier League restart. They should be able to get at Everton in spite of their scoring issues. They showed positive signs against Chelsea but capitulated in the end. Seven of the last 10 matches between Everton and Leicester City ended with both teams scoring goals. That includes the team’s last two fixtures which were played this season in the league and cup.
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Seven of the last 10 matches between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Leicester City average 1.9 goals scored in league games and have the firepower to put goals past the Toffees. Three of Everton’s last six matches in the Premier League saw over 2.5 goals scored. The two clubs should end their trends of low-scoring matches since the return of the league.
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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has had a breakout season. He has scored 13 goals in 29 Premier League appearances. Although he hasn’t scored since matchday 28, Calvert-Lewin has looked dangerous in Everton’s last two matches. He nearly got a game winner in the Merseyside Derby versus Liverpool and played a strong 90 minutes last time out against Norwich City.
Ancelotti has improved Everton but they have a long way to go. The Toffees could be a top six team next season but due to the coronavirus could struggle with recruitment. Leicester City are on the verge of a season collapse. They were eliminated at the final hurdles of both cup competitions and are now in trouble of being knocked out of the top four.
Leicester City are not only in danger of finishing outside the top four, but lose several players due to rival clubs. Ben Chilwell is the most highly sought-after by other teams with Chelsea the most likely to sign him.
Everton should give Leicester City a game on Wednesday night and with the form of the visitors, don’t be surprised to see a win or draw for Ancelotti’s team.
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The match will take place at Goodison Park the home of Everton
Winger Theo Walcott, full-back Djibril Sidibe, striker Cenk Tosun, and midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all ruled out of the fixture
Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira are both out of action due to injury.
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The match kicks-off at 18:00 on 1st July.