Everton hosts Leicester City in round 32 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Wednesday, July 1st at Goodison Park (Liverpool)
The Toffees added with the arrival of Ancelotti and managed to break away from the relegation zone. However, positive results were obtained by improving the game in defense; as for the attack, Everton still does not shine. Under the management of the new coach, the Toffees scored only 19 goals in 13 games. It’s quite good, but some outsiders of the Premier League have the same statistics for the indicated period. And the Toffees scored too little in matches with teams from the top six - only two goals in five games. Everton looked especially depressing at Stamford Bridge, where it had not created anything dangerous near the box of Chelsea. In the recent Merseyside derby, Ancelotti's team also did not impress with its offensive game. Now it has to play against a top-level opponent, whose defense is very reliable.
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Leicester shows terrible results in the second part of the championship. The team managed to score only 17 points in the last 15 matches, which is only the 14th result in the Premier League during this period. The main reason for the unsuccessful results of the Foxes is the decline in scoring. They managed to score only 20 goals during the above period (only 1.25 goals per game, on average). For comparison - an outsider Watford scored as many goals during this period. After the lockdown, Leicester scored only one goal in three official matches. Moreover, the only goal was sent to the net of the same Hornets, but the attack of the Foxes didn’t create many attempts in matches with stronger opponents.
In a recent Merseyside derby, the Toffees possessed the ball only 30% of the time. But this defensive game allowed Everton to concede only one goal in two matches against the strongest European team. Ancelotti will not change anything in the match with Leicester, which is not so dangerous in positional attacks. But the Foxes themselves can neutralize Everton’s attempts to score. Rogers’ team is reliable in defense, as evidenced by only four goals conceded in the last eight matches. So it turns out that it’s not worth waiting for the abundance of goals in the upcoming meeting. Actually, Under 2.5 goals scored took place in both recent matches of these teams. It is not surprising, given that Leicester and Everton scored only one goal each in the last two matches in the Premier League. The leaders of both teams do not shine in the second part of the tournament - Richarlison was noted for productive actions in only a few games, and Madison was remembered only in the match with Newcastle. The bad shape of the key players of Everton and Leicester, who could "rock" in such a difficult match, is unlikely to lead to productive football.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored