Leicester City v Everton Cheat Sheet
Leicester City v Everton
This is a massive match at the bottom of the league, a win for either team will lift them out of the relegation zone but a loss will only drop them further away. Leicester looked like they may drop off and be relegated without a fight when Rodgers was sacked but 4 points in their last 2 matches have lifted them to within touching distance of getting out of the relegation zone. Leicester are still without a lot of key players so no new players will be available here that were missing for the Leeds match. In that Leeds match, Iheanacho picked up an injury that will keep him out for around a month. Luckily for Leicester they have a great replacement available in the form of Jamie Vardy, who came on against Leeds to score the equaliser.
Everton were hammered by Newcastle in their last match and have really struggled for results lately. They have picked up just 3 points in their last 6 matches and are in real danger of relegation now. With 5 games to go, Everton still have to play Brighton and Manchester City, but also have 3 massive matches against Wolves, Bournemouth, and here at Leicester. Everton have struggled away from home, they have drawn three and lost three under Dyche so far and another poor result may be the start of the end for Everton. Everton may have Seamus Coleman available for this match but the return of Calvert-Lewin in Everton’s last chance may be their best news, he is a Sean Dyche type of striker.
Everton may be struggling to get results but they are creating a lot of chances. Everton have created at least 0.9 xG in 11 of his last 13 matches. Everton have a lot of chances under Dyche and create plenty of shooting opportunities. Leicester are very open defensively, they have conceded at least one goal in 14 consecutive matches. Everton should have plenty of shooting chances in this match leading to Everton players having shots on target. One of Everton’s best players under Dyche has been Dwight McNeil.
McNeil has only averaged 0.48 shots on target per 90 so far this season but under Dyche he has a lot more. McNeil has had at least 1 shot on target in 6 of his last 9 matches, only failing to do so against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. McNeil had 3 shots on target against Newcastle in his last match as well as 2 on target against Crystal Palace in the match before.
Leicester have some great technical players which will make a great match-up against Everton’s hard-working midfield. Players such as James Maddison draw a lot of fouls in the centre of the pitch and will be a handful for Everton’s midfield. Maddison draws 2.81 fouls per 90 this season and has been fouled in 14 consecutive matches for club and country. In midfield for Everton are three technically strong players with very high work rates, this includes Idrissa Gueye.
Gueye averages 1.4 fouls per 90 and has committed a foul in 10 of the 13 matches he has played under Dyche. Gueye will also be expected to step up onto Tielemans and Soumare in the middle of the pitch who draw 0.84 and 1.05 fouls per 90 respectively. Idrissa Gueye should be a banker to commit a foul here against Leicester’s technically strong midfield.
Victor Kristiansen was signed by Leicester from FC Kobenhavn in January and the Dane has cemented his starting spot in the Leicester team since. He has started in all 3 of Dean Smith’s matches in charge so far and played the full 90 in both the last two matches. Kristiansen has a very high fouling number, he averages 1.56 fouls per 90. Kristiansen has committed at least 2 fouls in 5 of his last 7 starts, including both of his previous matches. Kristiansen will be against Alex Iwobi who only draws 0.34 fouls per 90 but has been fouled in 4 of his last 6 Everton matches. Kristiansen jumps into tackles and commits fouls often, against a counter-attacking Everton team he should commit a few fouls here.
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