Preview - Everton vs Leicester City 01 January 19

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Match Day 21
Everton vs. Leicester City
Tuesday, January 1st 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.55
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Richarlison (9)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (6)

Tenth plays eighth in the opening fixture on Match Day 21 in the Premier League as Everton play host to Leicester City. With just one point between the sides a win for the home side will see them overhaul todays visitors.

It was honours even between the sides last season, with Everton winning this fixture 2-1 and Leicester coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse. Everton did win 2-1 at Leicester earlier in the season.

Everton look set to be at full strength for this one. Leicester must do without Daniel Amartey and Matty James.

Just when Everton seem about to go on a good run and make a move towards the top half of the table again, their results tail off and they find themselves in mediocrity once again. Just one win in their past five finds them back down in tenth spot. They have lost just twice at home this season though, to West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur. Whilst they have won five times at Goodison, they haven't really beaten anyone of note.

Leicester's good run of form has taken them up to eighth in the table, but they do arrive here on the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Cardiff City. They have already picked up wins at Southampton, Cardiff City, Newcastle United and most impressively Chelsea on the road this season.

Neither of these sides are the easiest to predict. We fancy a draw may be the most likely outcome in this one.

Prediction: Everton 2 - 2 Leicester City



Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 8
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 60% - 40%

Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne and Cenk Tosun were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Martin Atkinson also taking the name of Jonny Evans of Leicester City.

This was a very even affair on the stats, Everton on top in terms of possession but Leicester just shading the shots on target count.

It was the Toffee's who were making most of the early running here, and they did create a couple of reasonable opportunities. Jonjoe Kenny coming closest with a driven effort from the right hand side of the eighteen-yard box which clipped the angle of post and crossbar. 0-0 at the break though.

The winner came in the 58th minute and Leicester didn't really have to work very hard at all to take the lead. A long ball forward being headed back to Michael Keane by an Everton player, Keane miss-controlling and getting himself out of position in one move and allowing Riccardo Pereira to play in Jamie Vardy clean through in the left channel. Vardy making his way into the left of the area and finishing across Jordan Pickford and into the bottom right.

Everton had plenty time to get back into this but were unable to create much of any note at all. 0-1 final score.
Back to winning ways at the first time of asking for Leicester City then following that surprising loss at home to Cardiff. With this win, together with victories over Manchester City and Chelsea, it has been an excellent festive period overall for the Foxes who move up to seventh. One step forward and one step back as ever for Everton who sit in mid-table in tenth spot.

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