Date: August 16, 2014
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
Kick-off time: 15:00 BST
Premier League new boys Leicester City will begin their life in the top flight of English football with a tough test as they host Everton at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. Nigel Pearson has been one of the most talked about coaches from the championship last time and he will fancy having a crack at the top level of English football now.
Leicester have some good players and if they manage to play in the manner they did in the championship last season, there is no reason why they cannot stay in the Premier League beyond the upcoming season.
Leicester City’s form
Leicester City will come into this fixture brimming with confidence after having defeated BundesLiga side Werder Bremen in a pre-season friendly at home back on August 9. They have defeated Ilkeston, Everton, Walsall, MK Dons, and Rotherham United in pre-season as well and drew against Preston North End over the course of a total of seven pre-season games. They have had a pretty decent preparation for the new season and one can expect them to come flying out of the box and brimming with confidence.
Everton have had an extremely poor pre-season in terms of the results that they have gotten during this period. They have managed to draw a couple of games against Tranmere Rovers and FC Porto, but have lost against Leicester City, Celta Vigo, and SC Paderborn 07 in their past five pre-season games.
However, Roberto Martinez will not be unduly bothered about the pre-season results because most of his stars were away on holiday after their respective world cup campaigns in Brazil. Everton have been able to assemble a quality squad for the upcoming season and things are looking pretty good for the other team from Merseyside.
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel
The Dane had his time in the Premier League with Manchester City previously. However, he could not make the most of the opportunities back then. At Leicester, Schmeichel has put in some magnificent performances which had seen his stock rise. If his team are to get some points off Everton on Saturday, this man needs to be in top form.
Everton: Ross Barkley
While Barkley’s name has been in the pipelines for a good few years now, he has only shown some of his huge potential in the last couple of seasons. He performed exceptionally well under the new manager last season and will be looking to kick on this season. Barkley has what it takes to become one of the biggest stars of the Premier League this season and will hold the key against Leicester City.
I would have liked to called this an evens-stevens but Everton appear to be just too good for Leicester. Unless the home side can produce a brilliant performance, I cannot foresee them stopping Everton going home with all three points in the bag.
BetVictor are offering 2.45 for an Everton win. There’s also an exciting offer with 888Sport who are offering money-back if a late goal (from the 88th minute onwards) changes your winner.
Everton win at 2.45 with BetVictor