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Everton v Leicester City Predictions and Betting Tips

April 06, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday April 9 – Goodison Park – Premier League

Both sides are on form, but the three points mean much more to the home side, and with added home advantage, Everton should breeze past Leicester.

Past Meetings

Everton have only beaten Leicester on two of their past 10 attempts, but one of those was in their first Premier League meeting this season.

Sunday’s hosts also have the historical edge over the Foxes, but only just. Everton have won 35 of their 97 meetings to Leicester’s 32 victories, while there have been 30 draws.

Team News

Yannick Bolasie, Muhamed Besic, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and Aaron Lennon are all guaranteed to miss Sundays game, but the Toffees will welcome the returns of James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin. Romelu Lukaku is guaranteed to start up front, but keep an eye out for Kevin Mirallas who has recently returned to form.

As only Molla Wague and Nampalys Mendy will be out for the visitors, Craig Shakespeare’s usual first XI is untouched. However, with a massive uphill battle against Atletico Madrid coming in the Champions League, expect plenty of changes.

Everton vs Leicester Preview and Predictions

With odds of 3/4 for victory, Everton enter Sunday’s meeting as clear favourites, and rightly so. Ronald Koeman has launched a Champions League challenge in his maiden season with the Liverpool club, even if it still seems unlikely. The same can be said for Roberto Martinez, who looked destined to lead a new generation of Toffees to regular top four finishes, but it wasn’t to be as the Spaniard left in disgrace after flirting with relegation.

Leicester on the other hand can be found at odds of 5/1 to oust the home side on Sunday, and although their current run of form makes them one of the least desirable fixtures in the league, the crunch tie with Atletico just days later means it won’t be the title holders strongest side travelling to Goodison Park. But with a strong recent record against the home side and determined to press into the top half, anything could happen.

Romelu Lukaku is favourite to open the scoring and is priced at 3/1 to do so, but this should be avoided as the Belgian scores most of his goals against relegation threatened clubs while his side are already ahead, so a smarter move would be to back the on-form Mirallas at 7/1, even though he isn’t a forward.

Recommended Bets

Everton to win 2-1 at 8/1

Although the Foxes have bigger things to think about, they will refuse to be pushed over. Everton may be made to work for it, but they should claim all three points in what will be a tense encounter.

Islam Slimani to score anytime at 3/1

Leicester’s record signing has unfairly been left out of the starting XI all too often and has a point to prove. The midweek goal against Sunderland showed that a lack of time hasn’t killed his instinct.

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