Everton hosts Leeds United in round 25 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 12th at Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Everton lost to Newcastle in the last round (3-1). It was the fourth consecutive defeat for the Toffees in the Premier League. In general, the winless streak in the championship already amounts to six rounds (five losses and one draw). Of course, such results could not have a positive impact on the standings of the team. Now Everton is in 16th place with 19 points, and the gap from the relegation zone was reduced to two points. The Toffees have huge defensive problems in the current season. They have already conceded 38 goals. Only Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, and Watford concede more in the Premier League. Even native stands don’t help the team much. This is how all the results at Goodison Park look like: four victories, one draw, and five defeats with a goal difference of 15-17.
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Leeds took part in a goal shootout with Aston Villa in the last round. The teams exchanged three goals and shared points. Daniel James scored a brace for the Peacocks. The winger has already scored four goals in the current Premier League season. Now Leeds is in 15th place in the standings. The Whites managed to earn 23 points in 22 matches. The gap from the three outsiders is six points. Like Everton, Leeds has obvious problems in defense. The Peacocks have already conceded 43 goals. On average, they concede two goals per game. Away matches are very difficult for Leeds United. The team earned only ten points in 11 away games: two victories, four draws, and five defeats with a goal difference of 14-26.
In the first round, Everton and Leeds were able to please the fans with quite bright football. They scored four goals for two, and the final whistle recorded a 2-2 draw. In the previous season, Everton lost to the Peacocks at home (0-1). So far, Lampard’s appointment hasn’t worked out well for the Toffees. But this is not surprising because the coach simply cannot use all of his strongest players. I think the results will improve only after the epidemic of injuries ends. The Whites try to attack themselves and always let their opponents do it. Most likely, the teams will delight us with another goal show.