Two inconsistent sides lock horns at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City host Everton in the Premier League, in a game that could be close to call. The Foxes have improved in form of late but are still short of wins this season, while Everton are also struggling to pick up points, and their meeting next week might result in the two sides taking a share of the spoils.
Last season, Leicester City took six points from their two games against Everton as they stormed to the Premier League title, but could be met with a challenge from the Toffees as Claudio Ranieri’s men are still adjusting to being defending champions.
Leicester find themselves 15th in the Premier League table with 17 points from as many games, having managed just one win and one draw from their last three. The Foxes have been more convincing on home soil, however, boasting three wins and two draws from their last six at the King Power Stadium, but their poor results to sides 10th and below suggests they’re still beatable.
Leicester have dropped points in recent weeks to the likes of Watford, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Stoke City since November so Everton might fancy their chances of getting a result in the Midlands. As for the Toffees, visitors Everton are ninth in the Premier League with 23 points, having managed only two wins from their last 12.
Three defeats from their last five sees Everton in poor form of late and their results away from home has been a real worry. Ronald Koeman’s side have lost four on the bounce on the road and five of their last six, but do have a chance to arrest the slide next week.
Everton have picked up four points to Manchester United and Arsenal in recent weeks so they are no slouches, and have a decent head-to-head record in this fixture which suggests a more competitive game to come on Boxing Day. Leicester City won back-to-back games against Everton in the Premier League last season, but the Foxes had gone 17 years without a win over the Toffees.
Since 2000, the two clubs have drawn eight of their 12 head-to-heads, and their latest clash might follow the same trend given both Leicester and Everton haven’t looked convincing. The two Premier League clubs have drawn 10 games between them this season already, which may be an omen as to how Monday’s clash plays out.
Leicester and Everton will be desperate to stem to defeats and may settle for taking a share of the spoils rather than risk losing by trying to win. City and Everton have been suffering cheap defeats to relegation-threatened sides this season and haven’t had the best defensive records either, but their Boxing Day fixture will have added importance which should make for a more cautious display. Leicester and Everton could move two places up the Premier League table if either side can win, but a loss for the hosts could see them in the drop zone depending on other results, while Everton risk dropping three spots.