Title Contenders vs Relegation Candidates

Last updated: November 27, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Everton 0 – 1 Leicester City
Competition: EPL

This season’s wonder team, Leicester City, welcome struggling Everton in what could be a classic encounter. A match that could intensify Leicester City’s title-winning credentials can also be a lifeline for Marco Silva managerial position that is under jeopardy at Everton.

Leicester City has surpassed expectations with a fantasy-filled best-ever start to a Premier League and sit comfortably in second place with nine wins from first 13 games. They beat Brighton 2 – 0 to replicate their record of five consecutive wins that they achieved during the title-winning 2015-16 season under Claudio Ranieri. The upgrade is the aggregate of 17 – 1 that includes including a 9 – 0 win against Southampton. They could go even further and better this season because of the kind fixture schedule including two consecutive home games against Everton, Watford, then away clash at Villa Park, Norwich at home before the big one against Manchester City.

Wilfred Ndidi is the lynchpin of the side with 62 tackles and 37 interceptions, the best numbers for a midfielder in the league. The departure of Harry Maguire on a record-breaking £85m gave rise to a new sensation, Caglar Soyuncu, who has played a considerable part in the four consecutive clean sheets run the side is on. Rodgers is known as an attack-minded coach with the fourth-best in the number of shots (147) and chances created (139). The 31 goals they have bagged keeps them at second best only eclipsed by Manchester City 37 goals, but the two are tied with the best goal difference in the league with 23. The Foxes have the best shot conversion rate with 21.09% with Jamie Vardy leading the individual brilliance in conversion with 41.38%. The 32-year old Englishman is the record holder for netting 11 straight games, Vardy could be looking at increasing his numbers, having scored in 5 consecutive games so far. It’s still early days, but surely there couldn’t be another ‘once in a lifetime’ title win for Leicester?

Everton manager Marco Silva is skating on thin ice, losing 7 of the first 13 games, sitting two places and four points above the drop zone. Boos and jeers were the sounds echoing around Goodison Park after their 2 – 0 embarrassment against Norwich City in their last Premier League game. Goals are in short supply for The Toffees, managing just 13 goals, one more than Vardy’s tally for Leicester this season. Goals win games, and The Blues need to sort their goal-scoring numbers immediately for their results to improve. Gylifi Sigurdsson and Richarlison, who both scored 13 goals each last season, have just managed a combined total of 4. They hope the return of Brazilian Bernard will give the team more flair and improve the attack that is needed to stop Everton plunging deeper into crisis.

The signs do look worrying for Everton, and they face a nightmare fixture list. December is a slow ride in hell for the side that sits 16th on the table, facing five of the top six in the including a New Year party at the Etihad. The December’s fixtures read; Leicester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea in a run of seven days, followed by Manchester United, Leicester (EFL Cup) and Arsenal. And Everton fans will be aware that their 42-year-old Portuguese manager was in charge of Hull City when they were relegated.

Team News

Second-placed Leicester City are flying high with nine wins out of the 13 matches played including five consecutive wins only Liverpool have more wins (12).

Vardy is the Premier League top goal-scorer with 12 just one goal short of matching the entire Everton team tally of 13.

Marco Silva’s side is just four points and two positions above the drop zone and is being led by the manager who was in charge of Hull city when they were relegated.

Tough times ahead for the Toffees who face; Leicester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United, Leicester City (EFL Cup), Arsenal, and Man City in that order.

Expected Line-Ups:

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Perez, Barnes, Vardy
Subs: Ward, Justin, Praet, Choudhury, Morgan, Albrighton, Gray, Iheanacho
Injured: Matthew
Not available:
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Davies, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Tosun
Subs: Lossi, Keane, Delph, Iwobi, Kean, Coleman, Calvert-Lewin
Injured: Martina, Gomes, Gbamin
Doubtful: Bernard
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Leicester This Season Everton This Season
2nd League Position 15th
9 (4) Wins (away) 4 (1)
9 – 0 v Southampton Biggest Win 2 – 0 v West Ham
2 (1) Draws (away) 2 (1)
1 – 2 v Liverpool Biggest Defeat 1 – 3 v Bournemouth
Vardy (12) Top Goal Scorer Richarlison (3) Calvert-Lewin (3)
Y12, R0 Discipline Y23, R2
2 Failures to Score 5
46.2% Clean Sheets 23.1%
46.2% Both Teams to Score Games 46.2%
53.8% Over 2.5 Goals 38.5%
46.2% Under 2.5 Goals 61.5%
  • Leicester and Everton have faced off 26 times, half of the matches (13) have ended as a draw. Everton has a slight advantage of eight wins against Leicester’s five wins.
  • Jamie Vardy is the Premier League top scorer with 12 goals just one less than the entire Everton team that has scored only 13 goals.
  • An even fixture with the last ten games giving Leicester a slight five wins advantage against Everton’s four wins with just one draw.
  • City average 2.38 goals per match, averaging 1.92 chances per game. The Toffees have an average of just one goal per match and have created 1.69 opportunities per match.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/01/2019 EPL Everton 0 – 1 Leicester City Vardy 58’
06/10/2018 EPL Leicester City 1 – 2 Everton Richarlison 7′
31/01/2018 EPL Everton 2 – 1 Leicester City Walcott 25’
29/10/2017 EPL Leicester City 2 – 0 Everton Vardy 18’
09/04/2017 EPL Everton 4 – 2 Leicester City Davies 1’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

The stakes are incredibly high for both teams. A Leicester win keeps them in the title hunt and keeps the pressure on leaders Liverpool and a win for Everton would ease the immense pressure on under-fire Marco Silva. A loss for Everton, however, is likely to see Silva depart with his p45.

All things considered, we can’t see Leicester losing this one. They are playing attractive football and have a togetherness that is reminiscent of the Leicester side that shocked the world with their Premier League title. We fancy Vardy to score at least one and Leicester to emerge as 3-1 winners. Ladbrokes are offering 11/1 for that scoreline with the both teams to score market priced @ 3/4.