Tight affair at Goodison Park
Everton welcome Leicester to Goodison Park during Wednesdays midweek Premier League clash. Everton will definitely be looking to improve upon their current 12th place whilst Leicester are still vying for a Champions League finish meaning important points are up for grabs.
The Toffees came back to life after lockdown with an impressive and defensively sound display during their 0-0 draw against top-dogs Liverpool and followed that up with a narrow 0-1 win at rockbottom Norwich ending a 4 game winless drought.
Serial winner and immensely popular Carlo Ancelotti was more than Everton could ever have dreamed of and his impact was instant. The Italian's stats of 6 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats is far, far better than it looks with the defeats coming against the likes of Manchester City (2-1), Arsenal (3-2) as well as Chelsea (4-0) whilst a couple of the draws came against Manchester United (0-0) and Liverpool (0-0).
Everton are unbeaten at home (6 games) and have only conceded 4 times (at home) since Ancelotti's appointment pointing towards a huge improvement in their defensive play compared to the constant haemorrhaging under Marco Silva. The perfect example being their recent fixture against Liverpool which saw a team that has scored a whopping 70 goals this season register a measly 3 shots on goal.
With Ancelotti at the helm Everton might actually have a chance of getting what they want next season. Lets be real, if not under Carlo, then who?
The Foxes have had a tough time of things since the restart continuing on an alarmingly negative trend that started around Christmas. Many thought the break would revitalise a squad that looked so depleted prior to the start of the pandemic but the turnaround is still no where to be seen.
Brendan Rogers men have only won 4 of their last 15 games with 5 ending all square and 6 in defeat which is nothing short of catastrophic for a team that were touted as title-contenders back in November. Their goal difference of 20-19 during that same period is also far from impressive.
In their own hands
Despite their torrid second half of the season Leicester can still be found as high as 3rd which is astounding given recent results but it does at the same time prove just how good they were during the first half of the season. They are 1 point above Chelsea in 4th and 2 points ahead of both Man United and Wolverhampton at 5th and 6th which is far too close for comfort but it does mean that they have everything in their own hands.
If Leicester want to feature in next years Champions League they have to start performing, very soon.
Everton have been real solid on their home turf whilst Leicester have been decent defensively but not offensively which is why i will be backing Everton to win or draw and under 2.5 goals at the fantastic odds of 2.30 with Betway.