Everton vs Leicester predictions: Preview & likely line-ups

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Everton welcome the 2015/16 Premier League champions, Leicester, to Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.

The Toffees have transformed into a completely different side under Sam Allardyce but will face a Leicester side who are in fantastic form.

Leicester are having a brilliant side and are perhaps the better side on paper but Everton have lost just once at home, since Sam Allardyce took over.

Everton may have improved under Allardyce but their recent form would indicate that they will have a very difficult game on Wednesday evening.

Everton vs Leicester: Who will win?

The bookies see Leicester as favourites for the win, at 6/4. Everton are rated at 15/8 to claim victory.

Draw at half-time and Leicester to win at full time looks an attractive 9/2.

Riyad Mahrez is 7/2 to score anytime. Jamie Vardy is 4/1 to score the first goal.

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Everton vs Leicester Premier League preview

After a spending spree in the summer, most people expected Everton to be challenging for a European position at this stage in the season.

After a difficult start to the campaign, Everton find themselves in 9th position, six points above the relegation zone.

In recent weeks, Everton have been defeated by the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Bournemouth.

Everton’s only game that hasn’t ended in defeat thus far in 2018, was last week’s 1-1 draw at home to relegation favourites, West Brom.

Leicester are in a rich vein of form

Leicester, on the other hand, haven’t lost a match this calendar year and will hope to keep up their fine form with a win on Wednesday.

The Foxes were victorious in the FA Cup on Saturday against Peterborough despite fielding a second string side.

This means that the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are fit and ready to face Everton.

Leicester ran out 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture earlier in the season with Vardy and Demarai Gray scoring a goal apiece.

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Everton teams news vs Leicester

Everton will be without the injured James McCarthy who broke his leg in Everton’s 1-1 draw against West Brom last Saturday.

Idrissa Gueye is likely to replace the Scotsman in central midfield.

The Toffees have a real lack of options in centre midfield, which explains their interest in Steven N’Zonzi. And, means it would be a surprise if Morgan Schneiderlin was to join West Ham.

Sam Allardyce has revealed that Seamus Coleman will return to the Everton squad for the first time since March 2017 after his own leg break which he sustained whist playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Coleman’s absence has led to a first team breakthrough for young academy graduate, Jonjoe Kenny, who is expected to start at right back on Wednesday.

Theo Walcott should make his second appearance for the club whilst Cenk Tosun will be searching for his first goal for The Toffees.

Tosun and Walcott both signed for Everton during the January transfer window for a combined total of over £40 million.

Everton fans have no major injury concerns to worry about but will be fearful of Leicester’s strong attacking options.

Leicester team news vs Everton

Both Danny Simpson and Robert Huth are fit and ready to make their Leicester comebacks after spells on the sidelines but Claude Puel’s new look defence will not be ready to surrender their first team spots.

Leicester’s back four has completely changed since their title winning season of two years ago with Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Aleksandar Dragović and Daniel Amartey all earning their positions as regular starters for The Foxes.

Kelechi Iheanacho was back on the scoresheet yet again during Leicester’s 5-1 demolition of Peterborough in the FA Cup but the Nigerian is unlikely to start against Everton.

Fousseni Diabaté announced himself to English football with two goals during the same fixture and it is likely that he will make his first Premier League appearance on Wednesday evening, perhaps off the bench.

Adrien Silva and Vincente Iborra are both available but are unlikely to start ahead of Wilfred Ndidi and Matty James.

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Everton predicted line up vs Leicester

Everton predicted line up vs Leicester

Everton predicted line up vs Leicester

Leicester predicted line up vs Everton

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