Everton v Leicester Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 01/01/19

  • 1st January 2019
Everton v Leicester Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Everton v Leicester and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Everton v Leicester Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 01/01/19
  • Time: 12:30
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event

Everton host the first Premier League game of 2019 against Leicester City looking to bounce back from a frustrating 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton. The Toffees had a torrid December picking up 5 points from a possible 21 and their last home game saw them thumped 6-2 at the hands of Tottenham. The Blues have been indifferent this season and they come up against a Leicester side that are very similar to themselves.

Leicester picked up two huge wins against Manchester City and Chelsea in December but then managed to lose against lowly Crystal Palace and Cardiff City either side of those results. It’s these defeats against lower opposition that have sparked the rumour mill into action for Claude Puel to be fired.

This game could suit Leicester and they will feel more comfortable on the road with their counter attacking style of play. The Foxes have been solid away from home; they have only lost 1 of their last 5 matches on the road.  However they’ll come up against an Everton side that have only lost once out of their last 7 home games.

Both teams to score in this fixture has landed in 5 out of the last 7 meetings and you can get 3/4 (Bet365) for that to happen again on New Year’s Day. There is an implied probability of 57% with this bet and that looks like good value to me.

Another angle I like in this game is in the card market. Everton’s Yerry Mina currently has 3 yellow cards in 9 games this season and I fancy that he may get his name taken again against a pacey counter attacking side like Leicester. He is currently 11/4 to be booked and I think he could find it difficult against a nuisance like Jamie Vardy.

There is not much between these two sides with only one point separating them in the table and they also both have a +1 goal difference. Neither side are currently in the best form and I think the score line on Tuesday could reflect that. There hasn’t been a draw between these two sides since February 2015 and odds of 5/2 (Bet365) might not be the best value based on that fact but I have a feeling these two sides could cancel each other out.

Team News         

There are no fresh injury concerns for Silva’s Everton. ​​Ademola Lookman, who missed the defeat to Brighton with an ankle injury, still remains doubtful for the upcoming fixture. James McCarthy is thought to be nearing full fitness

​Leicester have no new developments on the injury front, with long-term absentees Matty James and Daniel Amartey still unavailable.

Potential Everton Starting XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Zouma, Digne; Bernard, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin

Potential Leicester Starting XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Mendy; Choudhury, Maddison, Albrighton; Vardy​

Head To Head

  • The two sides have faced off 47 times in their history, and it is Everton who tend to come out on top. They have 18 victories to their name, whilst the match has ended level on 17 occasions.

Key Stats & Facts

  • There have been just two goalless draws between Everton and Leicester since they first met in 1964, with both teams combining for an impressive 134 goals.
  • Everton have just 1 win against the other current top-ten sides this season (W1,D3,L5)

Betting Odds

  • Everton 21/20
  • Draw 5/2
  • Leciester 31/10

The Verdict

These teams are fairly well matched which will hopefully produce a good game for the neutral. Both teams are capable of scoring goals and most certainly capable of conceding them.

Both teams to score at 3/4 (Bet365) looks like good value to me with it landing in 5 out of the last 7 meetings between two sides.

Yerry Mina has picked 3 yellow cards this season in 9 games which is 1 card every 3 games. I think the young Colombian Centre Back could find his way in to the book again and I’m happy to take on the 11/4.

Recommended Bets

  • Both Teams to score 3/4 (bet365)
  • Yerry Mina to be shown a card 11/4 (Skybet)
  • Draw 5/2 (Bet365)