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Everton FC vs Leicester City, free match prediction 28 Jan 2021

28 Jan 2021 | 01:45 | Walton, Liverpool, Goodison Park
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In form sides Everton and Leicester continue battle for the top four in an exciting match-up

  • Everton are hot on the heels on the top four, in 6th place
  • The Toffees have won five of their last six – only Man United and City can match that
  • Leicester are also in top form, sitting in 3rd after three wins on the bounce

Leicester to win 3-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Walton, Liverpool, Goodison Park

EVERTON FC vs LEICESTER CITY Match Preview & Analysis

Everton are aiming to climb back into the top four in their exciting midweek clash against Leicester. The Toffees are well-placed to do so, having won five of their last six league fixtures and are in fantastic form.

They edged past Wolves in their last league match before making short work of their FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday to secure their place in the last 16.

Everton have been one of those teams whose form has seen huge ups and downs this season, but on whole they’ve been challenging for those Champions League places for most of their 17 games so far.

Leicester are also in phenomenal form right now. The impressive way in which they swept aside Chelsea last week showed exactly why they have occupied one of the top four spots for much of the season.

This is one of the most anticipated clashes of the week.

Teams Preview

Everton FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLWWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     The likes of Lucas Digne and Iwobi have shaken off injuries

     Have only lost twice at home to Leicester from 14 meetings

Reasons to be fearful:

     Poor recent home form, losing three from last five at Goodison Park

     Dominic Calvert-Lewin has gone five league matches without a goal

Everton have had more ups and downs than most teams this season, dropping down to 9th after topping the table, before rising back up to 2nd a couple of weeks ago.

A narrow defeat to West Ham has seen them take another step back, but their current form is as good as any other side in the league and they’ll be determined to press on further. Should they win their two games in hand, they’d join Leicester and Manchester City in 2nd.

They are not without issues of course. After scoring seven goals in his opening five league matches, Calvert-Lewin has now gone five matches without netting. 

A big lift has been the return of Lucas Digne, who so often assists from that left-hand side.

Star Man – Richarlison

While his strike partner has been short of goals lately, Richarlison has stepped up with real quality.

Leicester City Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWWWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Five wins on the bounce in all competitions shows great form

     Played Chelsea off the pitch at times last week

Reasons to be fearful:

     Jamie Vardy will miss out due to injury

     Everton’s physicality will undoubtedly cause problems

The Foxes’ win over Chelsea last week really announced their credentials as title contenders, rising to the top of the table, only to fall to 3rd after the Manchester clubs won their respective fixtures.

Leicester are now so much more than just a side that revolves around Jamie Vardy, although they will of course miss him up front for this one due to an injury. The likes of Maddison and Barnes, among others, have really stepped up in recent months to propel them near the top of the table.

They must be cautious of the physicality of Everton here, with the likes of Doucoure, Gomes, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin big men who can boss the opposition when given the opportunity.

Leicester’s away form has been fantastic, however, winning nine of their 11 matches on the road.

Star Man – James Maddison

Is perhaps the best English midfielder in the league right now, scoring in each of his last four matches in all competitions.

EVERTON FC vs LEICESTER CITY Winning Prediction

     Should be a great tussle between two in form sides

     Possession will be evenly split

     Settled by a single goal margin

3rd is the lowest position in which Leicester can finish the week, but should the two Manchester clubs drop points in their matches, The Foxes could climb back to the top of the league.

Either way, they are slight favourites here, even without the injured Jamie Vardy. There is something about the way which they are playing right now which makes them so difficult to stop.

Everton will have their chances, and could find the back of the net, but it’ll take something special to beat Leicester here. 

Leicester to win 3-1

Author: Ross B.