Everton vs Leicester by Luke
Everton comes from two difficult matches away from home, as the team previous had a local derby game against Liverpool and lost it, while the side took a point also on the road last Tuesday evening when they had a 1:1 draw against much more favorites Manchester United.
They even had the lead for the most of the game, as Jagielka brought them into the lead in 22nd minute and players of Everton stood really well on the field and were defending mostly with United not having proper chances, but still managed to equalize from a penalty kick (rightfull completely in fourth minute of additional time) when Ibrahimovic scored and Williams got red carded due handling. Everton is now at seventh position, but more importantly they are now just three points behind fifth placed Arsenal and seven behind Champions League placed Manchester City, meaning that they need a victory in this one.
Lukaku should lead attack of the home team, together with Mirallas, Lookman and Barkley as offensive midfielders. Central defender Ashley Williams (30/1) is suspended now, while injured remain right back Seamus Coleman (26/4), central back Ramiro Funes Mori (23/0), midfielder Aaron Lennon (11/0) and offensive Yannick Bolasie (13/1). Defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic is unfit after long injury.
Leicester improved strongly after sacking Claudio Ranieri few weeks ago, as the team now counts six consecutive victories in all competitions. There is no doubt that in case they continue close to the similar level, they will be able to forget their relegation worries way before the end of the season.
Most recently, they took a professional and conving victory in front of own fans against Sunderland on Tuesday evening, as the side got the correct score once they improved the team in the second halftime. It was taken with goals from Slimani in 69th and Vardy in 78th minute, while the players of Sunderland were limited to a very passive role overall. The Foxes are now at eleventh position, having eight points more than relegating worried Swansea and need to continue in the same level.
The Foxes will be playing in their typical 4-4-2 formation with Vardy and Slimani most likely as forwards. Central defender Molla Wague remains injured, without performing for now. Also out are central back Wes Morgan (27/1) and midfielder Nampalys Mendy (4/0).
- Everton have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 7 home matches against Leicester.
I expect very open and attacking game from both sides. Everton is in decent form and always a power in home matches, but the Foxes are now in a great form and I would think they will be very dangerous even against much more stronger side than what Everton currently is. Over shouldn't be that questionable here.