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Everton vs Leicester City: Writer Prediction League

Cup optimism, or just another chance for heartbreak?

Leicester City v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

If at any point in the last three years, you told me that Mason Holgate was going to play 90 minutes in the midfield at Old Trafford, resulting in Everton getting a point, I’d have told you to seek professional help immediately.

And yet, so good are the vibes around the club right now that this pretend-sounding world is 100% real. Holgate really did play midfield, Everton really did draw at Manchester United, and Duncan Ferguson remains in charge for the next match, after overseeing his second consecutive positive result.

Ferguson and the Toffees host Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals. The Carabao Cup isn’t exactly the most prestigious of competitions, but with a trip to Anfield in the cards in the FA Cup and Everton still in the bottom half of the Premier League table, this match could represent the Toffees’ last chance to make something meaningful of this season.

But before we look ahead to our predictions for that match, let’s quickly review our surprisingly decent picks from the Manchester United match.

Manchester United Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Rashford Calvert-Lewin United 2-1 0
Brian F. Rashford Calvert-Lewin United 2-1 0
Brian L. Richarlison Bernard United 2-1 0
Calvin Rashford Sidibe United 2-1 0
Chris Iwobi Iwobi Draw 2-2 2
Geno 0
Matt A. Rashford Richarlison United 3-2 0
Matthew C. Richarlison Richarlison Draw 1-1 4
Pat Sigurdsson Richarlison Draw 2-2 2
Pete None Pickford Draw 0-0 2
Rachel Richarlison Richarlison Draw 1-1 4
Tom Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Draw 2-2 2
Zach Martial Richarlison Draw 1-1 4

It was a big day for Matthew C., Rachel, and Zach, who all picked the correct final score — a 1-1 draw. Four other writers also correctly predicted a draw.

Unsurprisingly, nobody had Victor Lindelof’s midriff opening the scoring, nor midfielder Mason Holgate as man of the match.

Those results have given us a new leader in our prediction league standings.

2019-20 RBM Prediction League Table

Writer Points
Writer Points
Adam B. 43
Matthew C. 43
Rachel 42
Matt A. 40
Brian F. 38
Tom 35
Pete 34
Calvin 34
Zach 32
Brian L. 31
Chris 26
Pat 26
Geno 17

Rachel’s big week moved her to the top of the table, with Matthew C. moving into a tie for second place.

Everton’s match against the Foxes is up next, with a still injury-riddled Toffees’ side taking on second-placed Leicester in the League Cup. But, Everton nearly got a result against Leicester just a few weeks ago with similar injury troubles, so it certainly isn’t outlandish to suggest that the Toffees could grab a result here. Several of our writers certainly think so.

Leicester City Predictions (Carabao Cup)

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Iheanacho Sidibe Leicester 2-1 2
Brian F. Vardy Holgate Leicester 2-1 2
Brian L. Calvert-Lewin Richarlison Everton 2-1 0
Calvin Vardy Richarlison Everton 2-1 0
Chris Vardy Richarlison Leicester 2-1 2
Geno Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-1 0
Matt A. Vardy Richarlison Leicester 3-1 2
Matthew C. Calvert-Lewin Mina Everton 2-1 0
Pat Calvert-Lewin Davies Everton 3-1 0
Pete Calvert-Lewin Holgate Everton 2-0 0
Rachel Vardy Davies Leicester 1-0 2
Tom Richarlison Holgate Everton 2-1 0
Zach Vardy Richarlison Leicester 3-2 2

2-1 is the scoreline of choice, with eight writers picking it overall — three a Leicester win and five an Everton win. Overall, our writers slightly favor Everton, with the Toffees earning seven votes to Leicester’s six. Naturally, no draw predictions this week with the cup outcome requiring a winner on the day.

First scorer voting is pretty evenly split as well. Jamie Vardy got six votes to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s five, with Richarlison and Kelechi Iheanacho splitting the final two votes. Man of the Match voting is a little more varied. Richarlison leads the way with five picks, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, and Djibril Sidibe all got one vote or more.