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A continued trend this term has been the unpredictability of Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s men can grind out results like they did when beating Burnley 1-0 at the end of December, but more often than not we’ve seen high scoring encounters.
A 3-1 win over Leicester will undoubtedly please the gaffer, especially after going a goal down in the opening 13 minutes, although the Foxes were without both Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi that day.
Everton were undone by a Newcastle side last time out that were winless from their previous 11 games across all competitions.
Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate for them to turn that form around, especially with fixtures against Man Utd and Spurs following this one.
They will benefit from the extra day of rest than their hosts, but they’ll need to dig deep and fight against this high pressing Leeds outfit if they want to come away with anything.
Facing the 11 teams above Leeds in the table prior to Gameweek 22, the hosts have gone just W3-D2-L6 from their 11 outings, including four defeats from the most recent five.
They did beat the Toffees in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park though, and that will certainly give them confidence heading into this one, even if their form against the better sides hasn’t been great.
Everton Double Chance
Everton may be struggling at the minute, but the return of Lucas Digne and soon to be Allan can only give them a boost.
They have gone a respectable W5-D1-L2 from their eight outings since beating Chelsea back in the first half of December, and we feel there has been an overreaction to the respective sides’ forms.
Moreover, only Man Utd and Leicester have travelled better than the Toffees this term, picking up an impressive 19 points from their nine trips to date.
As we mentioned at the beginning, Leeds have been extremely volatile this term, and you only have to rewind to the start of January when they lost back-to-back matches against both Spurs (3-0) and Brighton (1-0) to see this could be anyone’s game.
That makes them W2-L2 since the turn of the year, and at the prices, we fancy Ancelotti’s side to at least earn a point.
The goals market looks well worth avoiding, considering the Whites have had more than two goals in eight of their last 10, while the visitors have seen fewer than three strikes in eight of their previous 10.