Everton vs. Leicester City: Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, February 22nd – 14:05
Match Odds: Everton 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Leicester 100/30
Both teams are underperforming this season and will see Sunday as a chance to pick up points though it is Leicester who need them more as they are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Everton come into the game off the back of a 4-1 win away at BSC Young Boys on Thursday night and so the possibility of a Europa League hangover is high.
Premier league teams notoriously struggle to replicate performances after any game in Europe, especially away from home on a Thursday night, and Roberto Martinez will be hoping that they will not fall victim to that once again.
With no win in four at Goodison Park, Everton will see this as a must win, if only to suppress the fans who are less than happy with the club’s position this season. The Toffees are a staggering eighteen points worse off this year than at the same stage last season.
Everton’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 6 – Lost 3
Nigel Pearson remains the Leicester manager after a mix up of reports that claimed he had been given the sack and he will see every game as a must win from now until the bitter end, and the game at Everton is no exception.
Leicester are in dire need of points at the foot of the table as they are five from safety going into the weekend. That figure could increase should they fail to pick up points on Sunday and teams around them do.
After exiting the FA Cup last weekend, they can set their sights primarily on top-flight survival. That loss at Aston Villa last weekend is a blessing in disguise for the Foxes.
Leicester’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 2 – Drawn 1 – Lost 10
Leicester have currently lost four on the bounce in the Premier League and have conceded at least twice in eight of their last nine away from home so their losing streak could stretch to five on Sunday.
The reverse fixture on the opening day of the season saw Leicester fight back twice to get a 2-2 draw at home to Everton and they will need to show that same fighting spirit to get anything out of this weekend’s game.
Everton’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/W/D/L
Leicester’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/L/L/L
Key Stat: Everton have won only one in their last nine Premier League fixtures. Shocking given their ability.
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian front man scored a hat-trick on Thursday night and will be leading the line for Everton on Sunday. He needs goals, and needs them fast to prove his £28m price tag right.
Score Prediction: Everton 2-0 Leicester City – Foxes to make it five defeats on the bounce as relegation looms.