Everton could move back into the Premier League’s top three when Leeds United visit Goodison Park this weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees ended a run of three defeats with a win over Fulham last weekend, and the Blues will hope to get the better of another newly promoted team in Leeds this Saturday.
Everton will have justified confidence going into this weekend’s game. Leeds United have not won at Goodison Park in more than 30 years, and there has been just one away win in 24 previous Premier League meetings between these sides.
That said, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have been fairly strong away from Elland Road this season, scoring eight goals in their four Premier League away games so far – and the Whites will be encouraged that Everton have not kept a Premier League clean sheet at home this season. In fact, Everton have conceded two or more goals in each of their last six Premier League games.
The size of the task facing Bielsa’s men this weekend is momentous, however. Everton have gone a year without losing successive home matches. Ancelotti will be particularly keen to move on from their home defeat to Manchester United, with the Italian coach not losing consecutive home matches since managing PSG more than eight years ago.
A huge part of Everton’s success this season has been their ability to score goals freely. If the Toffees find the back of the net this Saturday, they’ll have scored 20 or more goals in their opening ten league games for the first time since 1980.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been a huge influence on Everton’s attacking exploits with 13 goals in 11 appearances in all competitions this season. Leeds United have their own dangerman in Patrick Bamford, who could equal Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of scoring in five consecutive away games.
Everton were dealt a set-back this week, when Lucas Digne had to undergo surgery on his ankle. The French international has created more chances than any other Premier League defender since he signed for Everton in 2018.
Both teams to score seems like a banker for this one, but Everton should have too much class in the final third for this spirited Leeds side.