MATCH PREVIEW: EVERTON V/S LEICESTER CITY

Introduction

It’s been an absolute roller coaster this season in the Premier League. With more than 6 teams occupying the top spot in different time frames. Two of the teams that belong to this bracket go head to head tonight in an epic top of the league clash. We at a ball that matters predict that this would be a high-intensity match and it is our pick of the week.

Also, today when Leicester travel to the Merseyside today, they’ll have two things in mind. Thought of going joint top of the table and the thought of revenge. Everton inflicted a surprise defeat to the foxes at the beginning of the season, and they are here to settle scores.

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Build up

So a little premise on where things stand. This campaign is shaping up to be one to remember for Everton and Leicester, who are not only flying high in the Premier League but are also through to round five of the FA Cup. Everton saw off Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 on Sunday and Leicester were 3-1 winner against another Championship side in Brentford.

Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers will welcome a run deep into the world’s most famous domestic cup competition, but for now, the focus is back on the Premier League.

Managers
Managers

Teams

Everton

Everton started the season brilliantly courtesy their new star signing James Rodriguez and stalwarts like Dominic Calvert-Lewin. But things went a bit downhill for a moment with the Merseyside club losing three games in a row in the fall of October. They have looked better now but they are nowhere near the contention of a surprise title. Sitting at 7th, they do have 2 games in hand but in football we know 2 games in hand rarely materialise in a 6 point difference.

Everton Premier League form: WWWWLW
Everton form (all competitions): LWLWWW

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has set the ship sailing at Leicester. They have been unbeaten in 8 games in a row in all competitions. They sit 3rd on the table and a win today might push them to the joint top of the premier league with title favorites Manchester City.


Leicester City Premier League form: WDDWWW
Leicester City form (all competitions): DWWWWW

Team News and Lineups

Leicester City

Vardy’s hip surgery is unlikely to rule the striker out for too long, but he will sit out this trip to Goodison Park and possibly the visit of Leeds United next week.
Kelechi Iheanacho is the obvious choice to fill in for Vardy, but Ayoze Perez was selected against Brentford and may retain his place here.

Leicester City Predicted Lineup
Leicester City Predicted Lineup

Everton

Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in line to make their returns from injury in a major boost for Ancelotti.
Another major plus for the Italian coach is that Dominic Calvert-Lewin ended a six-game goal drought at the weekend and will be raring to go here.
Allan and Fabian Delph remain sidelined, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is a long-term absentee for the Toffees.

Everton Predicted Lineup
Everton Predicted Lineup

Players to watch out for

Maddison

This attacking midfielder is in some hot form, scoring in consecutive matches and being an attacking spark throughout the games. He’d be the one to watch out for in this game.

Maddison and Calvert-Lewin
Maddison and Calvert-Lewin

Calvert-Lewin

He started the season brilliantly and saw a recent dip in his form but has now ended his goal drought. Always a threat in the air, he’d look to get on the scoresheet today.

Conclusion

A win for Leicester will make them joint top of the table and a win for Everton will put them in strong contention for a top 4 finish. Both sides will give their all to get hold of this one. While Everton does look good, their home form blinks with a tinge of red, and with an opponent as formidable as the high flying foxes, It is going to be a nail-biter of a match but we here at Ball that matters, Predict a close win for Brendan Rodgers Leicester by 1 goal with scoreline of 2-1 to Leicester City.

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