Leicester City vs Everton. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more

Six-point skirmish in the relegation zone: a chance to sink the opponent to survive. Who will manage to do it?

Leicester City FC will host Everton FC in the English Premier League 34th-tour match at King Power Stadium. The fixture will take place on Tuesday, May 2, beginning at 00:30 IST.

What can we expect this Tuesday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Leicester City News & Current Form:

The 34th round meeting in the EPL is scheduled for May 2. At the King Power Stadium, local side Leicester and Everton will take on each other. The Foxes are currently in the relegation zone and sit eighteenth in the English Premier League table. The team has 29 points on their books. And this is despite the fact that in the last championship, the team finished in 8th place.

The Toffees are 1 point behind the hosts, with 28 points, which places them 19th in the table. There’s plenty of motivation between the two teams, which adds to the intrigue of the upcoming game.

Top scorer of Leicester City FC –  Harvey Barnes

Recently, Leicester have undergone a change of head coach. Dean Smith took over the position. His appointment has encouraged the team. In the first match under the guidance of the 52-year-old specialist the Foxes lost to the progressive Manchester City FC (1 – 3), away.

The opponents outclassed Smith’s charges in many ways, but they held their own and even managed to score. The players even had a chance to reduce the gap in the scoreline to a minimum in the closing stages. The pressing in the opposition half worked. James Maddison went one-on-one with the goalkeeper but failed to outwit him.

Leicester then beat Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (2 – 1) and also drew with Leeds United FC (1 – 1). The victory over the Wolves was the team’s first in their last 10 games in the English league, but it is the meeting with United that is more interesting.

What’s interesting is the attitude with which Jamie Vardy performed in the match against the Peacocks. After scoring the goal, the striker poured out some crazy emotions, thereby charging the fans and teammates alike with extra energy. It seems that he will give it his all in the remainder of the season. The goal was his first in the last 20 rounds in the English league.

Despite the positive outcome in this match, results elsewhere were against them, preventing them from leaving the relegation zone – one point from safety and one point more than today’s opponent. All this makes for a truly six-point clash, with Foxes fans finding it difficult to predict which way the encounter itself will go. 

Leicester are without right-backs Ricardo Pereira and James Justin, Ryan Bertrand and captain Jonny Evans. In addition, Danish defender Jannik Verstergaard is still being treated in the infirmary. Kelechi Iheanacho tore his drive muscle at Leeds on Tuesday and Dean Smith believes the Nigerian could miss the rest of the season. He will be replaced in the starting line-up by Patson Daka.

Everton News & Current Form: 

The team from Liverpool are also having a disappointing season and are on the verge of relegation to the Championship. At the moment, the Merseysideiders are in the penultimate, nineteenth place in the league table. Remarkably, the Toffees have won just one away game in 16 rounds in the Premier League. 

Everton also made a relatively recent change in their head coach. The position has been taken by Sean Dyche. The appointment has invigorated the  team. Thanks to the new coach, the players began to attack more frequently and sharply. However, as practice shows, this is not enough. At times, the implementation failed, and at other times the defense failed.

Top scorer of Everton FC – Demarai Gray

The coach has a huge amount of work to do in order to fine-tune the game mechanisms that were destroyed by the previous coaches. Motivated by the coach’s appointment, the team managed to beat leading Arsenal FC, Leeds and a resilient Brentford FC (1-0 on all three occasions).

Significantly, however, the Toffees played all these encounters at home and their enthusiasm was not long enough. Everton have not picked up a single win in the last six rounds. They have drawn with Chelsea FC (2 – 2), Tottenham Hotspur FC (1 – 1) and Crystal Palace FC (0 – 0).

Everton lost to Manchester United FC (0 – 2), Fulham FC (1 – 3) and Newcastle United FC (1 – 4), the home side’s rout could have been greater had it not been for the intervention of the ubiquitous VAR. Despite the efforts of Jordan Pickford, the team conceded a lot. Sean Dyche’s side conceded 50 goals in their own goal. And the Toffees scored the least in the league – they only netted 25 times.

Everton are still without winger Andros Townsend and defender Ruben Vinagre, who is in the sick bay. In addition, center-back Mason Holgate is still serving a suspension. Defender and captain Seamus Coleman, who has been absent in recent matches, could return to action on Monday. 

Ben Godfrey was to blame for several of Newcastle’s goals on Thursday but, given the injuries, there is simply no one to replace him. James Garner could be out in midfield after playing well against Crystal Palace last week.

Leicester City form guide: L-L-L-L-W-D

Everton form guide: D-D-L-L-D-L

Leicester City vs Everton Head-To-Head Record: 

Leicester CityDrawEverton
  • July 1, 2020: Everton 2 – 1 Leicester City (Premier League);
  • December 16, 2020: Leicester City 0 – 2 Everton (Premier League);
  • January 27, 2021: Everton 1 – 1 Leicester City (Premier League);
  • April 20, 2022: Everton 1 – 1 Leicester City (Premier League);
  • May 8, 2022: Leicester City 1 – 2 Everton (Premier League);
  • November 5, 2022: Everton 0 – 2 Leicester City (Premier League).

Leicester City vs Everton Predicted XI:

Leicester City possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Iversen; Castagne, Faes, Soyuncu, Kristiansen; Tielemans, Soumare, Maddison; Tete, Daka, Barnes.

Everton possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, Doucoure, McNeil; Calvert-Lewin.

Statistical preview of the match Leicester City vs Everton:

  • Leicester’s First XI average age is 25.0 yrs.
  • Everton’s First XI average age is 27.4 yrs.
  • Everton are without a win in their last 6 matches.
  • Leicester have seen an exchange of goals in 7 of their last 8 encounters in EPL, while Everton – in  5 of 8.
  • Everton are without a loss in 5 of their last 7 games against this opponent.
  • Leicester are scoring an average of 1.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Leicester are conceding an average of 1.60 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Everton have conceded an average of 2.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Everton are scoring an average of 0.60 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Leicester beat Everton 2 – 0 in the first leg.
  • Leicester have been generally productive this Premier League season, averaging 3.1 goals per game.
  • Leicester’s top scorers: Harvey Barnes (10+3), James Maddison (9+7), Kelechi Iheanacho (8+4).
  • Everton’s top scorers: Demarai Gray (6+1), Dwight McNeil (5+2), Anthony Gordon (3+0).

What has been said before the match:

Boss of Leicester City, Dean Smith about his team’s mood after big games:

“You can’t ever take the pressure off. They watch football, they see the scores and the tables. They know. We can make it clear with our plan and what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it. If you do that, they go in calm and relaxed, but with the fire to win a game.”

“All you can focus on is our own performances. We’ve got four points from three games. We’ll be going all out to get a win over Everton and then Fulham. We’ll look at the table after that and see where we’re at.”

“Same approach as Leeds. It’s a big game for both teams with games running out. This time we have home advantage and we want to use that.”

“I can see players now playing with a lot more belief and confidence which will only help us now. That feeling of not losing – which has happened too frequently this season – and being tougher to beat now is going to hold us in good stead.”

Sean Dyche, coach of Everton, ahead of an important game:

“The stakes have been high since I got here. The stakes should be high, by the way. A club like Everton… the stakes should be high. That’s what the players need to remember. They need to be high at this football club.”

“A win at Leicester creates a different atmosphere. If we go down there, take on the game and win, then it creates a different atmosphere and the belief floods back in very quickly. It’s strange how quickly it can turn around.”

“The key point is you making it happen, I can’t emphasize that enough. I say it to the players constantly – you make things happen in football. Now and again you get a lucky one but even that doesn’t really build belief. The ones that build belief are when you take it on, then deliver and get a result.”

Leicester City vs Everton Prediction:

The opponents are fighting for survival in the relegation zone arena – a tough place hardening mentality, where every point is worth its weight in gold, and getting all three in any given match is perceived as a gift from above. And yet no one is giving up hope of surviving. Everton recently appointed Sean Dyche as their head coach and in the beginning, the Merseyside side looked relatively good and delivered some results under him. However, in the last four rounds, the Toffees suffered three defeats and got only one point. The Merseyside side have no memory of winning – just one win in their last 10 games is the harshest of realities for the Blue part of Liverpool. 

The Foxes, on the other hand, are slightly more positive, with four points in the last two fixtures and a greater sense of identity and cohesion. Dean Smith’s boys now seem to have a better chance of staying in the Premier League than Sean Dyche’s ‘bus’ style. 

Nevertheless, this predilection for imposing their game at all costs could play a cruel trick against a vicious and pragmatic Everton – the unbeaten streak of the hosts could be snapped. Counterattacks and set-pieces are Dyche’s real trump cards at the moment, which literally means only one fortuitous chance in the game – the ball’s rebound or mistake – could clinch the whole result. It’s worth bearing in mind that the 2015/16 champions’ defense is very shaky, having conceded in 14 consecutive games. In addition, the Toffees have won their last two away h2h games against Leicester. Despite their status as favorites, the Foxes will not take the 3 points easily, perhaps even agreeing to a draw at some point in the match.

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Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Leicester will not lose; both teams to score; match total to be less than 3.5 – Yes.