Premier League Odds & Picks on Leicester City vs. Everton Game

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:49 PM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 4:49 PM GMT

The Toffees were a huge threat under Roberto Martinez last season and will be hoping for an even better campaign in 2014-15. Let's examine the soccer betting odds for their opening match at newly-promoted Leicester City.

Odds Overview
The odds may be a little closer than you would expect, as Everton is listed at +140 or so to earn the outright victory away from home.

A Leicester win is priced out in the +200 to +225 range, while a draw can be found at +240 at a majority of the standout online sportsbooks.

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Leicester City
There was no debating who the best team in the Championship was last season. Leicester cruised to the title, piling up 39 wins, nine draws and only six losses while almost scoring double as many goals (83) as they allowed (43).

By the end of the season, the Foxes had finished nine points clear of their nearest competitors (Burnley) and subsequently received a direct berth into the Premier League for the 2014-15 campaign.

Most of Leicester's goalscoring exploits came from David Nugent and Jamie Vardy, who combined for 36 league goals last season. They're obviously going to find it difficult to match that success in the top flight, however.

The Foxes were busy in the transfer market over the summer, with their highlight purchase coming in the form of Leonardo Ulloa, a striker who was previously with Brighton & Hove Albion. They also got the likes of Marc Albrighton and Matthew Upson on free transfers.

The only player of note to leave from the club over the summer was Lloyd Dyer, who had made 230 league appearances (with 30 goals) with Leicester since 2008.

 

Everton
The Toffees enjoyed a fine 2013-14 campaign, finishing fifth in the Premier League ahead of the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United. As a result, they earned a direct berth into the group stages of the Europa League.

Roberto Martinez did a fantastic job during his first season in charge of Everton and one would have to think he could fare even better now that he's had more time with the players.

Everton didn't lose of anyone of note during the summer, holding on to prized players like Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines. The Toffees also secured a transfer for Romelu Lukaku, who scored plenty of goals during a loan spell with the club in 2013-14.

In addition, Gareth Barry was signed on a free transfer, while the club also penned deals with Muhamed Besic and Brendan Galloway.

The Toffees, if you don't remember, were outstanding at Goodison Park, where they had a 13-3-3 record while scoring 38 goals and surrendering 19. Away from Merseyside, they recorded eight wins, six draws and five losses with a goal differential of only +3.

 

Premier League Pick
The Foxes couldn't have asked for a much tougher opening fixture to welcome them back to the Premier League, but they at least have the advantage of being at home. They're going to need some great support to have any chance of overcoming a strong Everton side this weekend.

It truly was a season to remember for Leicester fans in 2013-14, but we need to see how they hold up in the top flight before backing them with our sports picks.

So while the Toffees didn't exactly have the best record outside of Goodison Park last season, they still have far more quality within their side overall, and we think they should be able to do enough to open their 2014-15 account with all three points.
Free Soccer Pick: Leicester City 1 Everton 2

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