A haul of four points from their last two games has catapulted Everton into mid-table safety in the Premier League and the Toffees will be determined to prolong their spike in form at Leicester’s expense at Goodison Park this evening. The Foxes are winless in five previous encounters with Everton, though Brenden Rodgers will be hoping to avoid more misery on Merseyside later today.
You can jump straight into our stats pack for the game below which is laden with info on shots, shots on target, tackles, fouls, xG and more from the sides’ Premier League campaigns to date. Hopefully, you’ll find this article and my Stats Pack Guide of use when putting your bet builders together for the clash later on.
Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey are both missing at the back for Everton while Andros Townsend’s knee injury is still keeping him out of action.
Nathan Patterson came off the bench in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Fulham and the Scottish defender will be pushing to start today.
Full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand are in the treatment room at Leicester, while Jonny Evans is still considered doubtful as he steps up his recovery from a calf issue.
Wilfred Ndidi was on the bench for the duration of the Foxes’ 1-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend and the Nigerian could be kept in reserve again this evening.
Everton failed to score for the third Premier League away game in a row when they drew 0-0 with Fulham last weekend at Craven Cottage and the Toffees’ troubles in the final third have been evident for most of the campaign.
Only Nottingham Forest and Wolves have been hitting fewer goals per 90 than Frank Lampard’s toothless outfit (0.85 p/90), while Everton also rank third-last in the division for attempts (10.00 p90)
Everton have also been conceding more corners per 90 than anyone else (8.23), while they rank joint-top for cards collected (33).
Leicester are six places below Everton in the Premier League table, though the Foxes have scored almost twice as many goals as their hosts (21 to 11).
The teams have been conceding a similar number of shots on target per 90 (4.62 to 4.85), though City have been picking up considerably fewer cards (18 to 33). Leicester matched Man City for shots on target (five each) when they were narrowly beaten by the champions last week.
Player Shots and Shots on Target
Anthony Gordon (2.09) and Demarai Gray (2.04) occupy spots one and two for Everton in the shots per 90 metrics this term, but fully fit again Dominic Calvert-Lewin should make up ground on his teammates soon.
Both Gordon (two) and Gray (two) outgunned Calvert-Lewin (one) in the shots department at Craven Cottage last weekend, however.
Centre-halves Conor Coady and James Tarkowski are adept at winning first contacts from deliveries into the box and the defenders clocked three attempts between them at Fulham last time out. Only two clubs have conceded more goals from set pieces than Leicester this term, so this might be an area worth watching.
James Maddison (2.74 p/90), Harvey Barnes (2.48) and Jamie Vardy (1.40) have been reunited as Leicester’s favoured attacking trio – for the time being at least – though perhaps only the first two of those should be considered in the shot markets today.
Maddison (five) and Barnes (two) mustered seven shots between them when Leicester last visited Goodison Park in April and they are both strong candidates today. Vardy meanwhile, didn’t muster a single attempt in either of his last two Premier League starts (vs Man City & Leeds).
Player Goals and Assists
Anthony Gordon still tops the goal-scoring charts at Everton in the Premier League this season, though the 21-year-old has only notched once in his last seven appearances in the division.
The Toffees failed to register completely in three of their last four league matches, though Gordon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dwight McNeil all found the net when Everton beat Crystal Palace 3-0 last month.
Alex Iwobi (five) continues to blossom in his new creative midfield role under Frank Lampard and only Kevin de Bruyne (nine) has lodged more Premier League assists than Iwobi since the summer.
James Maddison is enjoying a stellar individual campaign in an otherwise dire season for Leicester overall and the schemer has eight goal contributions (6G, 2A) in 11 games this term.
Harvey Barnes is the club’s next-highest scorer with four goals and the winger registered after just five minutes when Leicester last visited Everton in April. Jamie Vardy has still scored just once in the Premier League this season. The striker had already bagged seven goals by the same stage of the campaign last year.
Anthony Gordon is something of a combustible character for Everton and the fresh-faced winger has already served a ban for an accumulation of booking this season. In total, Gordon has been cautioned in 50% of his league appearances this term and the 21-year-old is overdue a card having gone two games without one.
In midfield, Amadou Onana (four cards) and Idrissa Gueye (2.00) usually take turns kicking lumps out of their counterparts and both players look like strong options in the card markets again this evening.
Full-back James Justin (2.25) has been one of Leicester’s most-fouled players in the Premier League this season which should be welcome news to card bettors today as Justin should come into regular contact with Everton’s prime caution collector, Anthony Gordon.
James Maddison (fouled 2.48 times p/90) is almost certain to have some unwanted attention from Everton’s Onana, while Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (fouled 1.27 times p/90) should face similar treatment when he shares pockets of space with Gueye.
Match-Ups to watch
Anthony Gordon vs James Justin
Amadou Onana vs James Maddison
Idrissa Gueye vs Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
James Maddison rarely tackles with venom, though he can often become frustrated enough to clip an ankle or two and the midfielder has been carded five times in the Premier League already this term for his petulance.
Boubakary Soumare (1.69 fouls per 90) carries the kind of numbers you’d expect to see with any defensive midfielder worth his salt and today, he could be carded for the fourth time this season. Summer signing Wout Faes could also be worth including this evening. Even though his numbers per 90 minutes are modest, the Belgian ranks second at Leicester for fouls committed per appearance in the league (1.3).
We’ve already picked out Amadou Onana (fouled 1.70 times p/90) as a serious card contender this evening, though his skirmish with James Maddison could just as easily produce a caution in the opposite direction at Goodison Park.
Elsewhere, Idrissa Gueye’s (fouled 2.24 times p/90) head-to-head with Leicester’s Soumare should be tasty enough to draw some intervention from referee David Coote (2.89 cards per game). On the flank, former Fox Demarai Gray (fouled 1.63 times p/90) will be keen to impress against his old club and if he can manoeuvre his way into the middle, he could put Wout Faes in a spot of bother.
Match-Ups to watch
James Maddison vs Amadou Onana
Boubakary Soumare vs Idrissa Gueye
Wout Faes vs Demarai Gray
My Stats Pack Picks
After analysing the numbers here’s a few stats that caught my eye. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration when selecting a Bet Builder.
These selections come out at 10/1 if you back it on Betfair.
Everton vs Leicester
Maddison averages 1.1 SOT per game
Maddison mustered five shots when Leicester last visited Goodison park
Despite their league position, Leicester are the 7th highest goal scorers in the Premiership (21)
Gordon has been booked in 50% of his league appearances
Overdue a card having gone two games without one
Gordon faces James Justin at full-back, who is Leicesters most fouled player and averages 2.48 fouls a game
Games played at Goodison Park average 13.17 corners – the highest in the Premier League
Games involving Leicester average 9.93 corners
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