Everton v Leicester: Blues to dish out double dose defeat

Everton v Leicester: Blues to dish out double dose defeat

Kick Off: 1500, 07/01/2017

Stadium: Goodison Park

Everton are unbeaten in their last three games, drawing one and winning the other two, one of which was at Leicester. The Toffees have scored at least two goals in five of their last six matches and have netted in the last 15 minutes in six of their last seven. The Blues reached the semi-finals last year but were beaten by Manchester United.

Robert Huth’s return has seen Leicester keep two clean sheets in their last two matches, both of which have involved under 1.5 goals. One team has also failed to score in Leicester’s last three matches. Despite being yet to win on the road in the Premier League, Leicester have drawn their last two away games.

A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds

Everton face Leicester for the second time in 12 days with a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at stake. The Blues took the competition seriously last season on their way to the semis, gradually putting out better teams as their opponents became stronger. Ronald Koeman’s decision to play fringe players against Norwich in this season’s EFL Cup backfired, so don’t expect him to make that mistake again.

The Toffees won 2-0 at Leicester on Boxing Day and are 91/100 to reach round four but there is better value elsewhere. Everton have scored exactly two goals in four of their last six games and are 13/5 to do so again while a 2-0 repeat is an inviting 33/4.

Our favourite bet over the last few weeks is for Everton to score the most most goals between the 75th minute and full-time at 23/10 which has paid out in six of their last seven matches.


A Look At Leicester’s Betting Odds

Leicester are starting to show more resolve on the road, having drawn their last two away matches. A draw is 13/5 and an away win for the Foxes is priced at 3/1.

However, Claudio Ranieri will be without Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey for the duration of the African Cup of Nations, although star striker Jamie Vardy is back from suspension.

Leicester have failed to score in three of their last four matches away from the King Power Stadium and are 27/20 to fail once more.

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Last result:

EVERTON 3-0 Southampton – Enner Valencia, Leighton Baines (pen), Romelu Lukaku

Middlesbrough 0-0 LEICESTER

Head-to-head: Leicester 0-2 Everton, Leicester 3-1 Everton, Everton 2-3 Leicester

Injuries/suspensions: Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is available after serving a three-match ban but Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey are flying out to play for Algeria in the African Cup of Nations. Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is also on international duty with Senegal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is doubtful with an ankle injury.