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Everton vs Leicester: Predictions
Leicester have enjoyed a stellar first half of the Premier League season, with Brendan Rodgers keeping the Foxes very much in the title race conversation. His side are just two points adrift of front-runners Man Utd, while Everton could move level with their opponents on Wednesday if they win both of their games in hand.
The Toffees made a blistering start to the season but hit a snag in November. However, Carlo Ancelotti has got his side’s top-four aspirations very much back on track with just two points separating the Merseyside club from the final Champions League qualification place, which incidentally is held by local rivals Liverpool, who have played two games more.
This will be Everton’s first Premier League game in a fortnight and Ancelotti will hope to capitalise on a Jamie Vardy-less Leicester and follow up from that impressive 2-1 win over Wolves at Molineux earlier this month. A victory on Wednesday would temporarily move Everton into fourth, with Tottenham and Liverpool locking horns on Thursday.
Third-placed Leicester will be desperate to avoid defeat and risk Everton gaining significant ground on them, but without Vardy — who underwent a minor hernia operation last week — to spearhead the frontline, this will be a true test of the visitor’s mettle and resolve without arguably their most important player.
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Everton vs Leicester: Match Stats
Despite Leicester being a predominantly possession-based team they are not afraid to get their shorts muddy. Rodgers’ side have registered the third-most tackles in the Premier League this season (329), behind only the fervently intense Leeds United (344) and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s highly energetic Southampton (346).
One player who will look to break Leicester’s zealous midfield and industrious backline is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The England international remains the third-highest scorer in the league this season (11) and despite not scoring in the last five games, he netted in a 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend so comes into this contest with momentum and desperate to end his mini-drought.
16 December 2020 – Leicester 0-2 Everton – Premier League
01 July 2020 – Everton 2-1 Leicester – Premier League
18 December 2019 – Everton 2-2 Leicester – League Cup
01 December 2019 – Leicester 2-1 Everton – Premier League
01 January 2019 – Everton 0-1 Leicester – Premier League
Everton have won their last two Premier League games against Leicester, with the Toffees now in search of three successive triumphs against the Foxes for the first time since a run of four between 1977 and 1980. And recent history points favourably towards the hosts; Leicester have won only two of their 14 away Premier League games against Everton.