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Former table toppers Leicester and Everton go head to head in exciting clash
Leicester to win 2-1
Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021 | Venue: Leicester, King Power StadiumBet Now
Both Leicester and Everton have spent three weeks at the top of the table so far this season, accounting for more than any other side apart from Tottenham.
Leicester come into this match in slightly better form, having won their last two fixtures and sit 3rd in the table, just a point below joint-leaders Spurs and Liverpool.
They’ve made short work of relegation strugglers Sheffield United and Brighton in the last two matches, though suffered back-to-back defeats prior to that.
Everton’s form dipped rather dramatically since topping the table, slipping all the way to 9th following just one win from six matches, including four defeats. They bounced back strongly at the weekend, however, beating Chelsea in their best performance of late.
Both teams possess fantastic forward players but have suffered several injuries to key defensive individuals, meaning that this could be an entertaining fixture.
Form Guide (all comps): LLWWW
Reasons to be cheerful:
Their 8 wins is the highest in the league
Only Harry Kane has scored more goals than Vardy since 2015
Reasons to be fearful:
Still inconsistencies in the team
Everton can be a dangerous team
Leicester have won three of the last four games against Everton and, at home, will be confident of finding another stirring performance under Brendan Rodgers which has typified their season so far.
Although they still rely on Jamie Vardy for his goals, others are also chipping in, with James Maddison returning from injury to score his first-ever league double for the club in their win over Sheffield United.
In one of the strangest ever Premier League seasons so far, Leicester fully deserve to be just a point off the top of the table, though they have not been without their own inconsistencies. With 8 wins and 4 defeats from 12 matches, there is no in between for The Foxes – they have either been brilliant or poor.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
Is the league’s 2nd top scorer over the past five seasons with 108 goals, just behind Harry Kane with 128.
Form Guide (all comps): LWLDW
Reasons to be cheerful
Showing signs of recovery after dip in form
Still only one win off the top four despite four defeats
Reasons to be fearful
Leicester’s attacking style could cause Everton issues
Have conceded the joint-highest number of goals in the top 13 sides
Everton returned to form with a bang at the weekend as they intelligently beat Chelsea 1-0 in an engaging fixture.
Despite having just 28% of the possession, Everton battled hard to earn three points for only the second time in eight matches. Injuries have not helped their form of late, particularly at the back with Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne still absent.
They have conceded a fair number of goals this season, the joint-highest among the top 13 teams in the league, though have been strong enough in front of goal to pick up the points.
Victory this weekend will take them within one point of Leicester and, depending on other results, lift them back into the Champions League places.
Star Man – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Didn’t get much service with his side seeing only 28% possession, but will be hopeful of more action against Leicester.
An exciting fixture with goals likely at both ends
Jamie Vardy and/or Calvert-Lewin likely to score
Leicester are slight favourites
In Vardy and Calvert-Lewin we have the top two goalscorers in the league going head-to-head, in what should be a fascinating battle.
Jamie Vardy is a better contributor for his team, but there is no denying the scoring quality Calvert-Lewin possesses and has been deadly in front of goal so far this season.
Leicester will be slight favourites due to their recent form and home advantage, but this could end up being a tight match.
Leicester to win 2-1
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