Leicester City return to Premier League action after their FA Cup disappointment with a trip to mid-table Everton.
Goodison Park , Liverpool, England
Key Stat: Despite sitting third in the table, Leicester have won just four of their last 15 matches in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: After two league draws and their FA Cup defeat at the weekend, Leicester City need to get their season back on track. An away game at Everton will be tricky, but the Toffees' win last time out can not mask their own lack of goals and recent results. Another draw could be in store.
Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph are closing in on returns for Everton, but Theo Walcott and Djibril Sidibe are sidelined and Jean-Philippe Gbamin as a long-term absentee. Gylfi Sigurdsson could start after his half-time introduction last week.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Had hit some good attacking form this season before lockdown, scoring 13 league goals up front for the Toffees.
Richarlison – Scored when these teams last met in the league, and has netted ten times in the league in total this season.
Jordan Pickford – Clean sheets against Liverpool and Norwich since Everton returned to action will help as he looks to recapture his best form.
Everton got back to winning ways last time out, when Michael Keane scored the only goal of a 1-0 win at Norwich City. They have not conceded since their return, with their only other match a goalless Merseyside Derby draw.
Defenders:Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, Lucas Digne
Midfielders:Bernard, Andre Gomes, Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson
Forwards:Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
James Maddison could return, and Brendan Rodgers seemed confident that, if he doesn’t, this will be the last game he misses anyway. Ricardo Pereira is unlikely to feature this season, with James Justin having continued at right-back recently.
Jamie Vardy – Still searching for his 20th goal of the season, but one of the 19 he netted did come when these teams last met in the league.
Harvey Barnes – Signed off with two goals against Aston Villa and the young winger has enjoyed a strong breakthrough season.
Johnny Evans – Scored in the cup when these teams last met and will need to lead the defence in what could be a game of few goals looking at the form book.
Leicester have still not won since the restart, and have now claimed just four wins in their last 15 matches in all competitions. They drew 1-1 with Watford despite Ben Chilwell putting them ahead in stoppage time, before a goalless draw with Brighton in their two league games. They then lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final at the weekend.
Defenders:James Justin, Johnny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell
Defensive Midfielders:Wilfred Ndidi
Attacking Midfielders:Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes
Leicester faced Everton three times in 2019 and won all three games – one on penalties in the Carabao Cup and two in the Premier League. Their two meetings this season both happened in December. Richarlison gave Everton the lead in the league before Jamie Vardy equalised and Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed a late winner. In the Carabao Cup, meanwhile, James Maddison and Jonny Evans put Leicester 2-0 up at Goodison Park but Tom Davies pulled one back and Leighton Baines levelled in the last minute. In the shoot-out, however, Leicester won 4-2. Here are the results of their last five matches:
Dec 18, 2019: Everton 2-2(p) Leicester City
Dec 01, 2019: Leicester City 2-1 Everton
Jan 01, 2019: Everton 0-1 Leicester City
Oct 06, 2018: Leicester City 1-2 Everton
Jan 31, 2018: Everton 2-1 Leicester City
Everton have not conceded a goal since their return – drawing with Liverpool and beating Norwich – while Leicester are yet to win on their return.
They also have just one goal in three games, while Everton have on in two, which all points to another game of few goals at Goodison Park.
After defeat in the FA Cup quarter-final, Leicester City are at risk of seeing their season fizzle out into nothing.
They need to get back to winning ways to stay on course for Champions League football next season, but they are now just one point clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and three of Wolves.
Everton are slight favourites at home, but Leicester do at least have the edge of having won their last three matches against the Toffees.
Nevertheless, unless the likes of Jamie Vardy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin start scoring again, this match could be another low-scoring draw – as has typified the Premier League’s return.
Everton are favourites to win at 31/20 with 888sport, but the draw could be a good option 23/10 with Betway, 888sport and Bet365.
With neither side in goalscoring form, or conceding many, you can get 3/4 from Betfair, 10Bet, 888sport and Betway on there being under 2.5 goals in this match.
Both teams to score has been set at 5/6 with Betway for yes and evens with Betfair, 888Sport and Paddy Power for no.
If anybody does break the mould, meanwhile, Jamie Vardy is a best price of 17/10 to score at any time and Dominic Calvert-Lewin can be backed at 15/8 with Bet365.
Everton and Leicester have not seen many goals, at either end, since the Premier League’s return and this could be another low-scoring draw.