There’ll be a party going on at the King Power this weekend after the Foxes made the impossible reality last weekend. A fine point at Old Trafford proved enough to complete the Cinderella story when Spurs fell short at Chelsea on Monday. So after a week of partying how will the Foxes fare when asked to get back to reality?
One defeat in 21 home games tells you all you need to know about how hard they’ve been to beat for over a year now but trying to maintain their focus won’t be easy here. Everton have had a dismal campaign at home but on the road only the top two have suffered fewer than their three defeats. Those losses have come against Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool, while they’ve gone W2-D4-L0 at the rest of the top half. The Toffees have nothing left to play for of course, after a disappointing FA Cup semi-final loss against Man Utd a couple of weeks ago but they responded to beat Bournemouth last weekend. As in that game they will be missing some important defenders as Funes Mori, Coleman and Jagielka all miss out while Barry is also unlikely to be fit. They’ve kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 matches so it looks like they’ll be relying on their attack here and that could mean we’re in for more entertainment from these sides. The three meetings since the Foxes were promoted have finished 2-2, 2-2 and most recently 2-3 as Leicester won at Goodison in December.
Jamie Vardy should return for the champions but Danny Drinkwater is suspended following his red card at Old Trafford. The England midfielder has failed to start just two games this season and those were the 1-0 loss at Liverpool and the 3-2 win at Everton. His absence should certainly afford Ross Barkley a little extra space while Vardy will no doubt enjoy running at the Toffees inexperienced backline, further increasing our expectation of goals.
Everton’s defensive problems make Leicester look a decent price but given all the celebrations and distractions of this week we’ll give them a miss at odds-on. However, with the party atmosphere likely to extend to the pitch Over 3.5 Goals looks a great bet at 2.55. In terms of a long shot, Everton to Win and Both Teams to Score probably won’t spoil the mood too much and at 6.5 it’s a tempting price if you think the Toffees are good enough to win while all sorts of scores look possible and the 3-3 at 45/1 is worth a couple of quid.
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