Onside View’s resident football tipster, James Robinson, is looking to the midweek game at the King Power, involving his hometown club Leicester City. They take on a Carlo Ancelotti side, whose form has been indifferent in recent weeks. And after the Foxes’ dominant dismantling of Brighton, could the writing be on the wall for Everton’s incontinent defence?
The rich history of this game has seen 113 encounters, exclusively at the top level of English football. There’s hardly a hair between their overalls stats, with Everton shading it – 43 victories to 38. This 114th H2H is bound to be as tight as recent form and history suggest.
Leicester have won 3 out of the last 5 PL home games against Everton, both winning 5 a-piece over the last 10 home and away. You have to go back to the 2014/15 season for the last time they were involved in a draw. That season both games ended 2-2 – which is a scoreline not unusual in this encounter. 14 out of 32 draws have ended as a “Desmond”. That’s a huge 43.75%. From March 1954 – February 1958, 5 games in a row finished by that same scoreline.
Oddly or not, there’s never in the history of this fixture been a draw in December. Now, I’m a very pessimistic soul, and still believe coronavirus will wipe out civilization, so rejoice and back 2-2 Correct Score @11/1 with BetFred as a sign that the world will in fact end.
Lee Mason takes charge of Wednesday’s game, only his 5th Premier League game of the season. Mason angered City fans early in 2020, after failing to give a penalty for Rudiger’s clear handball – with the game poised at 2-2. Ancelotti also publicly criticised Mason’s performance as “not so good” in their 1-1 draw last season with Southampton. Mr Mason has kept his cards close to his chest this season, only dishing out 5 yellows in 4 PL games, but like a driving instructor who has targets to hit, this could be the game in which he chooses to rev things up – especially for Everton. Backing Everton – Most Bookings @6/5 with Bet365 is surely won’t have you seeing red.
Jonny Evans is suspended, after picking up his 5th yellow of the season. And, with no Soyuncu, they may have to slot Ndidi into central defence. Everton, unfortunately, won’t have their main source of creativity in Rodriguez available, so will have to rely on a Richarlison that bit more for this one. Luckily their Brazilian talisman loves scoring against Leicester. He’s scored in 3 in the last 4 against The Foxes. The only game he didn’t score in, Everton drew a blank.
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