Everton v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 30, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Everton host Leicester City in their first game of 2019, with both sides looking to recover from surprise defeats last time out.
Everton won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium earlier this season, with Gylfi Sigurdsson's late goal sealing all three points for Marco Silva's side.
Leicester last won at Goodison Park back in 2017, in the FA Cup, and in 2015 in Premier League action.
Silva's only fitness concern ahead of this clash is over England Under-21 international Ademola Lookman, who is set to miss out due to a foot injury.
Leicester will make a late decision on skipper Wes Morgan, who missed their defeat to Cardiff at the weekend due to illness, while fellow defender Daniel Amartey is still sidelined.
Everton v Leicester City Predictions and Preview
Everton slipped up against Brighton in their last game, losing 1-0 on the south coast, and stalling the momentum of beating Burnley 5-1 on Boxing Day. That result capped a poor run of results in December for The Toffees, with just one win in their last seven games of 2018 - including four losses.
Leicester also lost 1-0 in their last game, conceding late on at home to Cardiff, in a result that left a shadow on their recent form, following wins over Chelsea and Manchester City. The Foxes impressed in those two games, and manager Claude Puel will be hopeful that the Cardiff loss was just a bump in the road for his squad.
Everton at home against a non-top six side would normally be a banker, but given Leicester's form this is far from a given, and a draw, priced at 23/10, looks a better option.
Puel's side have been quite low scorers of late, not scoring more than two goals in a Premier League match in their last 14 attempts. While Everton have scored more than two goals in a league game just twice in league action this season, so with that in mind an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 10/11.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
Everton would be more hopefully of winning this game if their recent form was more consistent, however Leicester will be confident of making something their hosts recent struggles. These two sides are likely to locked in a battle for Europa League qualification this season, and this tie could go a way to deciding who gets it.
Richarlison to score anytime at 3/2
Brazilian international Richarlison netted in the win over Burnley, to make it three goals in his last six appearances for the former Watford man. His speed and direct running will be a real concern for the visiting defence, particularly if they are without the experience of Morgan.