With Roberto Martinez prone to experimentation in pre-season fixtures, Al Hain-Cole expects his under-strength side to produce an entertaining match against the confident Foxes
The Toffees were held to a 2-2 draw against Tranmere Rovers in their pre-season opener on Tuesday but are 13/10 (2.30) favourites with bet365 to claim a win here.
Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson’s side began their warm-up for life back in the top flight with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Ilkeston Town that same evening and are available at 21/10 (3.10) to come out on top once again.
The pair shared a 1-1 draw the last time they met back in 2004, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them cancelling each other out once more.
Although the result was not ideal, Roberto Martinez would have enjoyed watching on from the sidelines at Prenton Park as he gave a number of the club’s brightest young prospects a runout.
With the likes of Luke Garbutt and Conor McAleny impressing, there is hope that one of their academy products may go to have a similar impact in the first team this season as Ross Barkley did last.
While Barkley’s return to the squad for this match should provide an extra attacking threat, the loss of Seamus Coleman to injury will prove a major loss to a backline that are already set to struggle as they adapt to the manager’s numerous substitutions, just as they did against Tranmere.
Martinez’s preference for experimentation over results in pre-season should therefore lead to an open game, ideal for an attack that just scored six in their previous encounter and that are reinvigorated by the club record £10 million signing of striker Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton.
While the Argentine may only be watching on from the sidelines, his presence in the squad is sure to put pressure on his fellow strikers to look sharp in order to stake their own claims in the team, with goal-scoring opportunities unlikely to be in short supply.
With this in mind, odds of 19/20 (1.95) are surely too good to pass up on an open match reaping over 2.5 goals for the sixth time in seven Everton friendlies, and third in a row for Leicester.
|Over 2.5 goals for a 2 point stake at 19/20 (1.95) with bet365
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