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Everton v Leicester City Previews, Betting Tips and Predictions

January 29, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Goodison Park – Premier League

Leicester travel to Everton, with the home side in significantly worse form than their visitors going into Wednesday's match. The Toffees are without a win in six league games, whilst the Foxes are unbeaten in five, in all competitions.

Past Meetings

Honours have been shared relatively evenly in this match-up over the past few years, with Leicester coming out on top in the most recent edition. Unsurprisingly, the win at the King Power Stadium opened with a goal from Jamie Vardy, assisted by Riyad Mahrez, with Demarai Gray adding a second.

Team News

James McCarthy has joined Seamus Coleman on the sidelines with a broken leg, although the Irishman is nearing a return. Ramiro Founes-Mori remains out following a knee operation, and Sam Allardyce’s defensive shortage is worsened due to Leighton Baines’ calf problem, which may count him out against Leicester.

Danny Simpson and Robert Huth are back to full fitness for Claude Puel’s side, both of whom played alongside new signing Fosseni Diabate at the weekend. Captain Wes Morgan is still a doubt, following a hamstring issue, although his injury is not as bad as first feared.

Everton v Leicester Preview and Predictions

Following their resurgence after signing Sam Allardyce, it appeared that Everton were finally out of the woods, with their season back on track. However, recent matches have seen them lose to Bournemouth, and draw twice with West Brom, not to mention a morale-sapping Merseyside derby defeat.

Although they can hardly be blamed for not winning against Tottenham and United, Sam Allardyce will have to make sure that his players’ heads don’t drop, without a win in well over a month. New signing Theo Walcott may go some way to achieving this, as he will be keen to impress, and high on confidence after providing an assist in his debut.

Leicester have no such problem, and will be riding the wave of an unbeaten start to the year. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have been key to this, as they were during the Foxes title winning season. With a goal apiece in their win over Watford, they have eleven goals and assists between them in their last seven games.

Claude Puel will be delighted that both look likely to stay at the club, following transfer speculation, and especially as he has them playing at their best. On Tuesday, Everton’s weakened defense will have a tough time dealing with the duo, with the pace of Gray likely to be key against slow centre-backs.

Recommended Bets

Vardy to score first at 6/1

The forward has been in great form of late and has the pace to trouble the Everton back line.

Leicester to win and both teams to score at 4/1

Everton have a good chance of getting at Leicester's defence, but the Foxes should have enough firepower to win them the game.

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