Everton host Leeds United at the Goodison Park on Saturday evening in the Premier League in what promises to be a mouthwatering encounter.
After a strong start to the season, Everton faced a series of early-season injuries and suspensions and they badly faded away. The dramatic Merseyside draw against Liverpool was their breaking point as the straight red that Richarlison received proved costly with Everton losing the next three straight games to Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United before ending the winless run last time out with a much-needed win away at Fulham.
That win marked the return of Richarlison to the starting lineup and he did not waste much time to show his value for this team, setting up Calvert-Lewin’s opener after just 42 seconds, with the England forward adding another before the break to reach 10 Premier League goals for the season and 13 in all competitions.
While Everton have had little trouble in finding the back of the net this term, keeping out opponents has been a far tougher task for them. They have not kept a clean sheet in the league this season and that trip to Craven Cottage was their sixth straight game in which they conceded two or more goals.
Leeds’ return to the big stage has been a mixed bag with Marcelo Bielsa’s charges blowing hot and cold to start the season. They have had some eye-catching performances particularly against the top sides but they have also had some inexplicable stinkers against lower-ranked opposition. Their tally of 11 points from their 9 outings has them sitting in 14th place.
They missed a huge opportunity against Arsenal last weekend in a match they absolutely dominated but failed to score for only the second time this season with the game ending in a goalless stalemate.
With matches against Chelsea and Manchester United lined up after this, they will need to cushion themselves with a positive result here.
This game has goals written all over it. Both teams have their lead strikers enjoying a great run of form to begin the season. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the league with 10 goals to his name so far after his brace last weekend against Fulham. Leed’s forward, Patrick Bamford, despite his blank against Arsenal, can match Thierry Henry’s record of scoring in his side’s first five away matches of a Premier League season with another goal here. Both teams’ defences have been woeful for the most part and we are going with both teams to score @ 1.54 with Betway for our initial betting prediction.
The goalscorer market certainly comes into play in a game like this. The obvious choice here has to be Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the league’s leading goalscorer. He has netted ten times in nine matches. You’d have to go back to the 1995/96 season to find a better start to the season’s first 10 games when Les Ferdinand scored 13 for Newcastle in his first 10 games. Betway betting app have Calvert-Lewin to score anytime priced @ 2.08 and we feel there is some value in snapping that up as our last shout for this game.
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