Matchday 18 of the Premier League is already fast approaching, just as Christmas and the New Year are… oh, and the start of the January transfer window.
Everton and Leicester City will meet each other and square off at Goodison Park when the fixture comes around on Sunday afternoon, and it would seem that the game could be one that is a rather tight affair between the two sides; at least that is how bookmakers appear to see it as Betway Sportsbook has provided the Foxes as favourites with a price of 6/4 to acquire all three points on the day.
Indeed, following Matchweek 16 (as the teams are yet to compete in Matchday 17 as of the time of writing), it would seem logical to expect the visitors to be the favourites to take the spoils that are on offer. Naturally, matchday 17 can potentially change the outcome but with Everton playing Chelsea and Leicester playing Tottenham Hotspur, it would be hard to see too much of a difference being made.
The Foxes may have been in a run of poor form at the moment, however Brendan Rodgers did witness his side return to their best last weekend when they annihilated Newcastle United 4-0. Of course, the penalty was highly controversial, but if you disregard that, Eddie Howe’s side simply could not compete on the day at the King Power Stadium on the day.
Everton, though, can not help themselves at the moment as they continue to be a little bit like a yo-yo when it comes down to the form that they are producing, whist Rafa Benitez continues to struggle to get fans on his side. Of course, his popularity level would have plummeted when he substituted the hero of the Arsenal win during the defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, with Richarlison also clearly frustrated despite the Spanish manager’s claims he knew it would happen.
The Toffees were excellent against the Gunners, but almost a week later and they back to being rather abysmal when they headed down to the capital.
Nonetheless, with both teams appearing to struggle for form at the moment, this is a game that could simply end up going in any direction, with a draw hardly out of the question, either. If you decide to place a bet on this game, maybe consider what happens on matchday 17 first, as this could provide a clear insight into what may happen when the two sides clash at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.