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Everton at Chelsea, Leicester City: Writer Prediction League

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Week of uncertainty creates dissension in the RBM ranks

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Everything in the Everton world over the past month has revolved around Ronald Koeman, his managerial shortcomings, and his future with the club — with our weekly predictions being no different!

Last week, with Everton facing a must-win match against Lyon and a tough fixture against Arsenal, we had little to no confidence in the Toffees, largely because Koeman was at the helm. With the Dutch manager out now, we’re in a bit of an uncertain situation regarding our predictions for this week.

Let’s start by reviewing our picks from last week, which were sadly quite accurate.

Lyon Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Fekir Davies Lyon 2-0 3
Brian F. Depay Pickford Lyon 2-0 2
Brian L. Fekir Davies Lyon 2-0 3
Callum Traore Vlasic Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Calvert-Lewin Vlasic Lyon 2-1 4
Chris Traore Pickford Lyon 3-1 2
Matt Fekir Gueye Lyon 3-0 3
Mike Fekir Pickford Lyon 2-0 3
Sean Depay Davies Everton 2-1 0
Tom Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 0
Tyler Traore Pickford Draw 1-1 0
Zach Fekir Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 2

Arsenal Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Lacazette Vlasic Arsenal 2-0 2
Brian F. Giroud Gueye Arsenal 2-0 2
Brian L. Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Callum Welbeck Calvert-Lewin Arsenal 1-0 2
Calvin Sanchez Rooney Arsenal 2-1 2
Chris Giroud Gueye Arsenal 2-0 2
Matt Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 0
Mike Lacazette Pickford Arsenal 2-0 3
Sean Lacazette Keane Arsenal 2-0 2
Tom Rooney Jagielka Arsenal 2-1 2
Tyler Sanchez Calvert-Lewin Arsenal 2-0 3
Zach Niasse Niasse Everton 1-0 0

Picking Everton to lose last week was the trendy thing to do, so must of us picked up a solid chunk of points. Calvin was the only writer to correct predict the scoreline of either match, calling a 2-1 Lyon victory on Thursday. Five writers also correctly predicted Lyon’s Nabil Fekir would open the scoring in that Europa League match.

Calvin’s solid week put him even further out of reach atop our prediction league standings.

Prediction League Standings

Writer Points
Writer Points
Mike 79
Calvin 75
Brian F. 56
Matt 55
Brian L. 54
Sean 54
Chris 52
Adam 50
Tyler 49
Zach 49
Tom 46

Calvin and Mike both continue to run away with the league, while the rest of our writers are forming a very clear mid-table group and bottom-table group (new writers Callum and Zach take the cake in that department).

Looking ahead to this week, uncertainty abounds for a variety of reasons. The most obvious cause is the arrival of interim coach David Unsworth, but Everton’s opponents enter this week’s matches with some big question marks as well.

Chelsea has a paper-thin squad, so it appears almost certain that Antonio Conte will use several youth players in his lineup against Everton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, making a match that should be very challenging into a potentially winnable one.

Sunday’s trip to Leicester City will be a match between two teams that recently sacked their managers, raising questions about what kind of opposition the Toffees will be facing.

Put all these factors together, and you get these picks:

Chelsea Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score
Adam Niasse Niasse Everton 2-1
Brian F. Batshuayi Kenny Chelsea 2-1
Brian L. Calvert-Lewin Rooney Everton 2-1
Callum Morata Calvert-Lewin Chelsea 2-1
Calvin Batshuayi Sigurdsson Everton 3-2
Chris Mirallas Mirallas Everton 3-1
Matt Pedro Keane Chelsea 2-1
Mike Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Chelsea 2-1
Sean Pedro Gueye Chelsea 3-0
Tom Batshuayi Davies Chelsea 3-1
Tyler Hazard Pickford Chelsea 2-0
Zach Niasse Pickford Everton 2-1

Leicester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Vardy Vlasic Draw 1-1 1
Brian F. Vardy Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-1 1
Brian L. Vardy Keane Leicester 2-1 3
Callum Vlasic Vlasic Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Okazaki Pickford Leicester 2-1 2
Chris Calvert-Lewin Gueye Draw 1-1 0
Matt Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 2-2 0
Mike Vardy Davies Draw 1-1 1
Sean Sigurdsson Mirallas Everton 2-1 0
Tom Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin Draw 2-2 0
Tyler Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Zach Rooney Pickford Draw 1-1 0

The Chelsea match is nearly evenly split among our writers — five have predicted Everton victories, seven Chelsea victories. The uncertainty surrounding both teams’ lineups is apparent, with Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alvaro Morata, and Michy Batshuayi all getting votes to open the scoring, even though likely only two of the four will start!

The Leicester match brought a bit more agreement among our writers — eight foresee a draw between the Toffees and Foxes. Jamie Vardy was a very popular pick to open the scoring, with Gylfi Sigurdsson also getting substantial votes.