In their Premier League match on Saturday at Goodison Park, Everton and Leicester City will look to make amends for their respective failures to win three points or score a goal the previous weekend.
Last time out, the Toffees battled to a scoreless draw against Fulham, while Brendan Rodgers’ team suffered a loss to reigning champions Manchester City.
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Jordan Pickford was outstanding to keep Fulham at bay last weekend as Everton kept a second straight clean sheet and made it back-to-back unbeaten games in a goalless draw with the Cottagers. It wasn’t the first time Jordan Pickford had played in an Everton shirt, and it likely won’t be the last either.
Although only three points separate them from the bottom of the table, Frank Lampard’s team has recovered admirably from consecutive losses to Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Newcastle United.
As a result, they are currently 12th in the table, which is not in any way precarious. Everton hopes to end a turbulent year on a high note with a pair of matches against Bournemouth in the EFL Cup and Premier League. Lampard has worked to improve his team’s defensive tenacity, and it is beginning to pay off.
Conor Coady and James Tarkowski’s seasoned duo has done wonders to limit Everton’s goal scoring, but the Toffees have failed to score in three of their previous four games, trailing only Arsenal, Man City, and Newcastle in league play this season.
It’s not encouraging to see that Everton has only won two of their six league games played at Goodison Park, but the fact that they’ve only allowed four goals there puts them among the league leaders, and they have a chance to keep three straight league clean sheets for the first time since Carlo Ancelotti’s reign in March 2021.
One shouldn’t be faulted for losing to the Premier League champions, especially considering that Man City’s victory at the King Power Stadium was severely hampered by the absence of Erling Braut Haaland and required a little of Kevin De Bruyne magic.
Brendan Rodgers may take heart from the performance even if Danny Ward again denied Man City before De Bruyne stood over a free kick that was within striking distance in the 49th minute and the Belgian stunningly scored to shatter Leicester’s resistance.
Leicester, who are now in 18th position in the standings and are one point below Southampton in the safety of 17th place, remain in relegation danger as a result of their lack of success in gaining points.
No Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter will need reminding of how the Foxes stopped their losing streak on the road at Molineux; prior to their loss to Man City, Leicester had kept three straight clean sheets in the Premier League and had only lost twice in their last six games in the top level.
However, Everton has avoided defeat in each of their last five meetings with the Foxes in the top flight, and the most recent two meetings at Goodison Park have both ended in a 1-1 draw. Leicester, meanwhile, haven’t won back-to-back Premier League games away from home since December 2020.
Everton can be assured of earning at least a point should they score on home soil because Leicester have yet to win a game this season in which they have given up a goal.
We should expect a third straight 1-1 draw between the teams at Goodison Park because both defenses have recently shown themselves to be reliable, and Leicester cannot expect to score four goals away from home like they did at Molineux.