Premier League Match Preview: Leicester City vs. Everton

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Updated: August 12, 2014
Leicester City 2014

Match Date: 16 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: King Power Stadium

(Featured image: Leicester City | Source: dailymail.co.uk)

 

Leicester City were the Football League Championship winners last season while Everton made it to the top five of the English top-flight league. This battle will be an interesting one and an exchange of impressive stunts should be expected.

 

Leicester City

Apparently, The Foxes had a tremendously triumphant run last season in the second division, winning 31 times out of 46 appearances. They were the only team in the tournament to earn more than 100 points in overall score as well as posted the highest goal difference (+40) of any club. By the season’s conclusion, two of the team’s players—David Nugent and Jamie Vardy—were declared as among the top scorers of the entire competition.

 

In preparation to their top-flight re-entry, Leicester City engaged in numerous friendlies and have so far been very successful. They are unbeaten for seven consecutive matches, of which six have been victorious and one finished in a draw. They trounced clubs such as Ilkeston, Walsall, Milton Keynes Dons, Rotherham United, Werder Bremen, and their first opponents in the top-flight, Everton.

 

Everton

The Toffees may have failed to clinch their very first Premier League title but at least they managed to end the season as one of the top contenders for the honors. They ranked fifth overall and were therefore given berth in the UEFA Europa League group stage. They won 21 times in 38 appearances, held their rivals in a draw nine times, and were beaten eight times.

 

Everton’s preparation for the new season, meanwhile, is not materializing based on what they have envisioned. In the past five club friendlies they engaged, they have so far earned only two points. They were twice held in a draw by their opponents (Tranmere Rovers and Porto) and were also defeated three times (by Leicester City, Celta Vigo, and Paderborn).

 

Online betting tip: It does seem that Leicester City are the dominant side in this face-off, but Everton’s top-flight experience could be enough to keep their rivals’ attack at bay. A draw is a more reasonable and believable result.