Premier League relegation battles don’t come much bigger than Leicester versus Everton, with both teams languishing in the bottom three.
The Foxes were crowned champions just seven years ago, while the Toffees have competed in England’s top flight every season since 1954 but both teams have struggled this season and both are doing everything at their disposal to maintain their Premier League status.
Leicester went through a disastrous period which yielded just one point from nine games, with Brendan Rodgers paying the price with his job. However, the signs are encouraging that new boss Dean Smith can turn things around in time to avoid the drop. The Foxes followed up last Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Wolves by drawing 1-1 with Leeds at Elland Road on Tuesday.
Everton showed initial promise following the arrival of Sean Dyche but things are starting to look worrying for the Toffees again now. They have picked up just one point from four outings after going down 4-1 at home to high-flying Newcastle on Thursday.
Leicester have earned four points from their last two league games and won the reverse fixture 2-0. Visitors Everton on the other hand have gone 12 away league games without a win and failed to score in five of their last seven away league matches. They went ten league games without a win.
5/11/22: Everton 0-2 Leicester
8/5/22: Leicester 1-2 Everton
20/4/22: Everton 1-1 Leicester
27/1/21: Everton 1-1 Leicester
16/12/20: Leicester 0-2 Everton
Kelechi Iheanacho faces a race to be fit for Leicester’s survival run-in. The striker injured his groin in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Leeds and could miss the final five games. Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand, and James Justin are the other players expected to be out of the Monday game.
Iheanacho has scored twice in Dean Smith’s opening three matches and suffered the injury helping to set up Jamie Vardy’s leveller at Elland Road.
As for Everton, they will have to do without the services of Andros Townsend, who has been out since May 20 with a cruciate ligament injury. The 31-year-old is joined on the visitors’ injured list by Andy Lonergan and Amadou Onana, who are suffering from knee and leg injuries respectively.
Leicester XI: Iversen, Faes, Soyuncu, Kristansen, Castagne, Barnes, Tielemans, Maddison, Tete, Soumare, Iheanacho
Everton XI: Pickford, Tarkowski, Keane, Mykolenko, Godfrey, Onana, Doucoure, Gueye, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi
One of the main reasons the Foxes are in the relegation zone is their defense. By comparison, only Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, and Bournemouth have conceded more goals than Leicester in the Premier League this season.
Verdict: Both Teams to Score✅
Jamie Vardy scored his first goal in 20 Premier League appearances last time out at Leeds, earning a vital point for the Foxes. With Iheanacho limping off with a groin injury in the same game, Leicester will need Vardy to fill that goalscoring void despite scoring in back-to-back Premier League games for Leicester in May 2022. He has proved his abilities before and there is no reason why he shouldn’t score in this game too.
Everton has bagged just 25 goals this campaign and this can be attributed to the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the better part of the season due to injury. Only Chelsea (one) have scored fewer goals than Everton (three) in April.
Having missed the previous 10 Premier League games with a hamstring injury, the England forward has started the last two games. He’s taken three shots in each game and has led the side for touches in the opposition box. He needs to start making those opportunities count. This would be a perfect time to break his duck.
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