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Everton vs. Leicester City: FA Cup Third Round – Match Preview

by hisham

Two Premier League sides meet in the Third Round of the FA Cup on Saturday as Everton entertain Leicester City.

Everton are in decent form and thrashed Southampton 3-0 last time out to cement seventh in the Premier League.

Enner Valencia ended a long goal drought in the win, with Leighton Baines also among the scorers.

Leicester City started 2017 with a goalless draw away at Middlesbrough in a match of few chances.

2016 was an amazing year for the Foxes as they secured the most remarkable of Premier League successes.

Form in all comps: Everton W3 D1 L1; Leicester City W1 D2 L2
2016/17 Top scorers:
Everton – Romelu Lukaku 11 goals
Leicester City – Riyad Mahrez 7 goals

Match history
Everton recorded a 2-0 success away to Leicester just last month in the Premier League, with Romelu Lukaku sealing the win.

Leicester did win both fixtures last term though, including a 3-2 victory at Goodison Park.

Last five Premier League meetings
Leicester City 0 Everton 2 – 26/12/16
Leicester City 3 Everton 1 – 07/05/16
Everton 2 Leicester City 3 – 19/12/15
Everton 2 Leicester City 2 – 22/02/15
Leicester City 2 Everton 2 – 16/08/14

Both teams to score – 5/6 with Betfair

Team news
Luke Garbutt has returned from a loan spell and could be given a chance here with Everton likely to rotate.

Mason Holgate, Gareth Barry and Valencia could start after being named on the bench last time out.

The Leicester trio of Daniel Amartey, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani will miss the fixture due to AFCON representation.

Jamie Vardy returns from a three ban and is likely to start due to a prolonged absence.

Expected starting XI’s
Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles; Holgate, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Garbutt; Barry, Cleverley; Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon; Valencia
Leicester City (4-4-2): Zieler; Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Chilwell; Gray, Mendy, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Vardy, Ulloa

Predictions

Result: Everton (10/11 with William Hill)

Correct Score: 2-1 (8/1 with William Hill)

Anytime Goalscorer: Enner Valencia (21/10 with Betfair)

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