Third-placed Leicester lost to Chelsea in the quarter finals of the FA Cup on Sunday. They return to Premier League action with a trip to trip to twelfth placed Everton. Leicester are having their best season since their title winning campaign of 2015-2016 and with seven matches left the play they could just make a second place finish but are eight points behind Manchester City. Still, even maintaining their third place is going to be tough with only a point lead over Chelsea. However, finishing in the top four will be an admirable achievement, their highest place since that title win., as it will be their first time in the top quarter in four years.
Everton need just one win to break into the top ten and with a strong push in the remaining matches they could well make the European positions, subject to the outcomes of the games by the teams above them. The Toffees had to wait until the second half of their game at Norwich City FC last Wednesday for their first victory since the league resumed from the break as they won 1-0 . They had earlier drawn 0-0 at home to Champions Liverpool.
The win over Norwich was Everton's first in five matches and their fourth in ten games since January. Carlo Ancelotti's side will now be hoping to capitalize on their home advantage for a win, and this is fairly possible for a team that has only lost once in 10 league matches at the Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Leicester will be eyeing their first win since the league resumed after they registered a 1-1 draw at Watford before being held to a goalless draw at home by Brighton and Hove Albion. Overall, Leicester's recent performance has destabilized their point-collection plans as they have only just won twice in ten games, although four were drawn. Manager Brendan Rodgers has seen his team win seven away league games but have only two points from their last four. The fact that the Foxes have won their last three league and cup games against Everton is a good sign, though City have only won twice at Goodison in the last 35 years.
Even with Leicester being better ranked than Everton, the Toffees are bound to give them a tough time as they seek the success they have had in half of their last six matches against the East Midlanders. Of course the Foxes are no pushovers and they have confirmed this time and again with a string of good away wins this season. We do not expect them to easily yield at Goodison Park. Goals will be hard to come by, though, and we see the final outcome being a total of under 2.5 goals.