Everton out to continue revival against out of form Leeds
Everton to win 3-1
Everton will have been pleased to return to winning ways last weekend, after enduring a poor spell of form which saw them take three defeats on the bounce.
Those three defeats coincided with the suspension of Brazilian striker Richarlison, who returned to help his side to victory against Fulham.
Such is the inconsistency of most teams this season, despite Everton’s poor spell of form, they only sit two points off the top four, a gap which they could make up this weekend.
Leeds’ honeymoon period at the start of the season has faded for sure of late, leading to three defeats in the past five matches and just one win out of the last six.
They battled to a point against Arsenal last weekend, but face a tough run of fixtures going in December meaning that Premier League life won’t get any easier for the Yorkshire club.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Last weekend’s win shows a welcome return to form
Richarlison’s return after suspension has improved them
Reasons to be fearful:
Lucas Digne requires surgery on his ankle
Seamus Coleman also misses out on the opposite wing
Everton’s manager Carlo Ancelotti has assured fans that their tricky spell, where they did not win in four matches and lost their last three, has ended after a win last weekend.
They certainly seemed far more assured in front of goal than they had in previous matches, scoring more than one goal for the first time in four fixtures.
The returning Richarlison also had a big impact on the game, putting in the cross for Calvert-Lewin’s opening goal early on. A win here will lift them into the top four, albeit temporarily until other teams play.
Everton face a tricky run of fixtures in December, with Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester United all facing The Toffees before Christmas.
This represents a great opportunity to further boost their confidence and take back to back victories.
Star Man – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Scored his 9th and 10th goals of the season against Fulham. When he gets the right service, he’s almost unstoppable.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Bamford has scored four in four away games
FIFA nomination for their manager
Reasons to be fearful
Third highest number of goals conceded
Inconsistency is a major problem for the team
Marcelo Bielsa was this week named on the FIFA shortlist for the Best Coach award over the past year, perhaps somewhat surprising given that he was the only coach not to have won a major trophy.
Still, it shows the respect which the football world has for the style of play which makes his sides so entertaining to watch.
Despite having an attractive style , Leeds’ form has slipped over the past month or so, meaning that they’ve only enjoyed one victory in their last six matches. They’ve also conceded more goals than they’ve scored, which is never a good sign for a newly promoted side.
They have plenty of time to turn around their form, this season is of course only 9 matches old. But with a tough Winter schedule ahead of them, they need to continue picking up points to stay comfortable.
Star Man – Patrick Bamford
Has four goals in Leeds’ four away games this season
Could be a game with lots of chances
Everton have the better players, but Leeds can cause problems
The Toffees to move into the top four with a win
Everton should use the motivation of a Champions League spot, albeit temporarily, to press home their superiority here against Leeds.
The Whites can cause any side problems, but unfortunately do not seem to be able to keep the ball out of their own net with any consistency.
With Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin reunited, Everton will fancy their chances of another three points here.
Everton to win 3-1