Things haven’t picked up at Leicester since boss Nigel Pearson was granted a stay of execution following his odd grapple with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur, a former transfer target, in the Foxes’ 1-0 loss at home to the Eagles.
Ahead of their Premier League visit to Everton, parallels will be drawn with the last time the Toffees won 4-1 in the Europa League against Wolfsburg, as they did away to Young Boys in midweek, as Palace were the beneficiaries of a 3-2 win at Goodison Park three days later.
However, the last time Roberto Martinez’s charges won by three goals in the competition was six weeks later against Lille, in a 3-0 win, before going on to record a respectable 1-1 draw at Sunderland, a 2-1 home triumph over West Ham and a 2-0 victory in their next three fixtures.
Everton’s current form is hard to read, as they managed just one win in 17 attempts between the ends of November and January, plunging them into bottom-half trouble, but the last four fixtures in that run contribute to a run of one defeat (in normal time) from their last eight outings.
Martinez’s men have won two of their past four, and that sole loss since New Year’s Day came last time out on the road at league leaders Chelsea, by just a single goal in a 1-0 reverse.
They should be far too good for rock-bottom Leicester, who have racked up 16 defeats in 25 matches since they returned to the top flight, claiming just four victories, which are divisional highest and lowest figures.
That being said, Everton have been breached in each of their last couple of matches, and 14 of their past 17 all told, so the home win with both teams finding the net looks the best bet at 13/4 with bwin.com.
For a side bet, it’s tough to look beyond Romelu Lukaka at 6/4 to get on the scoresheet, and 4/1 to bag the opener, after the Belgium striker nabbed a hat-trick in Switzerland