Preview and Prediction
In the light of world pandemic, Premier League this season has been more exciting despite being played behind closed doors. The competition and title race has never been this tight and unpredictable. Leicester and Everton are some of the seven teams fighting for the next season’s Champions League spots. The Foxes are on the third while The Toffees are on the sixth. Yet, with two games in hand, Carlo Ancelotti’s men still have potentials to climb into the top four.
The teams’ previous matches
James Rodriguez and Co were successful in progressing to the fifth round of FA Cup. Last weekend, they smashed Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. Dominic Calvert Lewin opened the scoring followed by Richarlison’s and Yerry Mina’s goal to seal an easy win at home.
Leicester also secured a win in the fourth round of FA Cup last weekend. They thumped Brentford on the road 3-1. After conceding with an early goal of Mads Sorensen, Cengiz Under equalised at the second half. The winning goals came sooner by Youri Tielemans’ penalty and James Maddison’s strike.
Carlo Ancellotti should be relief with with the return of James Rodriguez from his injury and instantly made two assists for their winning goals on the weekend. Thus, the former AC Milan boss will be employing 4-3-1-2 with the transition to 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. The Colombian international will be given a freer role to be the number ten, winger or the frontman if necessary to support Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Some names who will be sidelined are Allan, Fabian Delph and Niels Nkounkou.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is likely to employ 3-4-2-1 with the possible transformation to 4-1-4-1 or 3-5-2. Unfortunately, Jamie Vardy is ruled out here alongside Wes Morgan and Dennis Praet. Thus, Ayoze Perez or Kelechi Iheanacho will get a nod upfront in the starting IX, whereas behind them, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes will provide necessary support in the attacking and scoring process. In the midfield, Ricardo Perreira will return to the line up to operate wide along with James Justin, while in the middle, the Belgian international Youri Tielemans is the anchor accompanied by Winfried Ndidi.
Players to watch
In Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is their top scorer with eleven goals and expected to carry on scoring with the support of James Rodriguez who has notched up three goals and assists each plus the Brasilian Richarlison who has just contributed two goals plus three assists.
Without Vardy at the front, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes are the ones to rely on for scoring. Both have netted six goals and provided two assists each. Another key man to watch is the center back Wesley Fofana, who has been solid this season.
Everton vs Leicester Prediction
In this tight clash, Brendan Rodgers’s men will find a difficulty to clinch a win as the home side’s attacking lines have been complete. They will be trading decent chances instead and there could be a goal galore or thriller encounter here. Nevertheless, they will be sharing one point in the end.
The game seems to be expected to be quite even. James Maddison and Co are backed to win is at 17/10, whereas the draw result is at 12/5. Everton is projected to win at 31/16.