Leicester vs Everton verdict, predicted score, key stats and suggested bets

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Leicester City and Everton can seize some initiative in the Premier League relegation battle when they face each other at the King Power Stadium.

Date, KO time and TV coverage

Premier League, Monday, May 1, Kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event

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Predicted score

Leicester 1-1 Everton

Suggested bets

Both teams to score

Everton +0.5 Asian handicap

Key stats

Leicester have won four of their 16 home Premier League matches this season. The away side has scored in 21 of the last 22 matches in this fixture, going unbeaten in 10 of the last 12. Everton have won their last two visits to the King Power Stadium but have never won three in a row there. Everton are winless in 12 Premier League away matches and have conceded at least twice in eight of those.

Leicester vs Everton team news

James Justin (calf), Ricardo Pereira (thigh), Jannik Vestergaard (calf) and Ryan Bertrand (leg) are all set to miss out for the home side. Jonny Evans is edging closer to a return.

Kelechi Iheanacho is the latest concern for the Foxes. He suffered a torn adductor muscle in his last appearance and Dean Smith thinks he may be out for the season.

Andros Townsend (knee) and Ruben Vinagre (calf) are likely to miss the remainder of the season. Everton could welcome Seamus Coleman back from injury depending on how he progressed over the weekend.

Leicester vs Everton verdict

Leicester's 1-1 draw at Elland Road is starting to look like one of the more valuable points they've claimed. The Foxes dominated the ball but fell behind before Jamie Vardy rescued a point with 10 minutes to go.

Because of their superior goal difference, Leicester need just a point to leapfrog Nottingham Forest and escape the bottom three. Everton will need to win if they're to take matters back into their own hands. Their most recent game against Newcastle showed some promise early on. The Toffees started well at Goodison Park but never had the quality to keep pace with Eddie Howe's men. Newcastle ran out 4-1 winners. Scoring the first goal in games has been a major issue for both of these sides. Leicester have conceded the opener 11 times in their last 13 matches and have gone on to win only once. Everton have picked up 10 points in the last four games where they've opened the scoring, but three of those matches were at home and resulted in wins. They've fallen behind in nine of their last 12 away matches and have picked up just one point from losing positions. They did manage to win 2-1 after falling behind away to Southampton early in the season, but Dyche's side don't look like a team capable of two goals and their success has been built on clean sheets. Neither team can afford to settle for a draw at this stage of the season, but given their inability to score more than one goal in 2023, this is a game that can be lost earlier than it can be won. Despite Everton's poor record, they are unbeaten in half of their away matches. This could be a very cagey affair and both sides will want to in with a chance of knicking it late on. It wouldn't be a surprise if both of them lacked the quality to do so.

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