Everton play Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday in the second game back since the international break. Leicester, currently sat at 2nd in the Premier League, will provide a tough test for a struggling Everton side. Make sure to check out the Toffee TV YouTube channel for more Everton news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUQBTGg24ZI
With regards to form, Everton’s last five games consist of two wins, two losses, and a draw. Silva’s side have scored seven and conceded seven during these games. This form is the 8th best in the league, whilst Leicester’s is the best. The Foxes have won five out of their last five league games, as well as conceding one and scoring seventeen in these games. Their last three results consist of three 2-0 wins against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, and Brighton.
Furthermore, Leicester’s home record is the third best in the Premier League, with Rodgers’s side playing six, winning five, and drawing one. Meanwhile, Everton’s away record is very poor (the 4th worst in the league). Away from Goodison, Everton have played six, won one, drawn one, and lost four. This form, combined with Leicester’s league position, suggests that Everton could struggle at the weekend.
In addition to this, confidence at Everton is at a low following the awful performance and result at the weekend. A miserable display against Norwich led to Silva’s side losing 2-0 against (at the time) 20th placed Norwich City. Marco Silva is under huge pressure, with many fans expecting a new manager very soon.
As well as the home form beginning to deteriorate, Everton’s away form has been poor for a while. This season they’ve lost to Aston Villa, Burnley, Bournemouth, and Brighton all away from home.
Despite the recent form of both sides, Everton have won two out of the last three league games at Leicester, including a 2-1 win last season, featuring goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
With good performances recently, Davies and Holgate should continue to play. The energy and positivity of Iwobi and Davies should help with the lacking intensity that Everton have experienced this season. With Schneiderlin (if Delph isn’t available) having the defensive responsibilities, Davies and Iwobi should be free to make progressive runs and passes
If Bernard isn’t back, it’s likely that Richarlison and Walcott will play out wide, or Silva may just go with Sigurdsson centrally, with Iwobi and Richarlison as the wide forwards. Silva may make big changes in this game, with his future seriously in doubt.
Score Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Everton
It’s likely that Everton will struggle in this game, but could earn a result if the manager and players appropriately respond to last weekend’s awful result.
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