Preview and Prediction
Carlo Ancelotti’s ambition to guide Everton back to the race for European spots next season is still alive, although they are stuck on the eighth of the table at the moment. With two games in hand and 33 points so far, technically they could climb to the fifth, if they could pick up maximum points. Unfortunately, their inconsistency stands in their way. This midweek they will be tested for another inconsistent team but potentially dangerous, Leeds United in an away fixture.
The teams’ previous games
Leeds managed to stun The Foxes last weekend on the road. Despite conceding first by Harvey Barnes, they made a superb comeback by scoring three goals through Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison.
The Toffees, on the other hand, lost 0-2 against Newcastle United at their home turf. Callum Wilson’s brace punished the lacklustre Everton which only had one decent chance from Calvert-Lewin’s header.
Marcelo Bielsa might have to deploy different formation as some of the key players are set to miss the match. Patrick Bamford, Raphinha and Rodrigo Moreno are likely to be ruled out due to their injuries along with Robin Koch and Diego Llorente. Thus, with limited option up front, the Argentine boss could be in favour of playing false nine instead in 4-6-0 formation. Jack Harrison is likely to be one who occupies the such role considering being the second top scorer of the club. Stuart Dallas and Helder Costa will be operating behind him while on the attacking phase. In the midfield, Kalvin Phillips is supported by Mateusz Klitch and Jamie Shackelton to cover the area.
Carlo Ancellotti will not be able to play his best starting IX as the number one goalie and England international, Jordan Pickford, is sidelined. He would not be available alongside Allan, Fabian Delph and Niels Nkounou. The former Roma man, Robin Olsen will definitely feature between the sticks. The arrival of Joshua King could boost their attack as well as threatening Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s position, if he continues being scoreless.
Players to watch
Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be putting his name back on the score sheet after only netting one in the last eleven games. Luckily, there is the Colombian star James Rodriguez who has registered four goals and three assists so far, plus Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson to rely on scoring goals, not to mention their new signing, Joshua King.
The versatile Jack Harrison and Stuart Dallas have been the key men in Leeds this season beside the top scorer Patrick Bamford. The former has bagged five goals and made four assists while the latter notched up four goals and one assist. Another notable name to watch is their French goalie Ilian Meslier.
Leeds vs Everton Prediction
The home side is in difficult situation due to missing many players for this fixture. Yet, they still have their deadly weapon to find the back of the net, swift counter attack, the one which also destroyed Ancelott’s men in the last outing. Nevertheless, the draw is the fairest result.