By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson believes that Everton will suffer a defeat against Leicester on Boxing Day.
The Toffees travel to the King Power Stadium on Monday for a Premier League match and will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 Merseyside loss against Liverpool.
Ronald Koeman’s side are currently ninth-placed in the table and will still have aspirations of qualifying for Europe this season, but will need a significant increase in form.
BBC pundit Lawrenson claims that Everton were lacking attacking quality in their last game and has tipped them to lose 2-1 against reigning Premier League champions Leicester.
“You could not fault Everton’s effort or application in their derby defeat against Liverpool, it was just their lack of quality in the final third that let them down,” Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport’s website. “They need to give Romelu Lukaku more chances this weekend, but I still fancy the Foxes to come out on top.”
Everton have shown great form at Goodison Park this season, but have struggled away from home.
The Merseyside club have lost five of their eight away games in the Premier League this campaign and that has kept them at mid-table.
In comparison, Leicester’s home form has been one of their positive notes during a disappointing season.
Claudio Ranieri’s side have lost just one of their eight home games in the league and dispatched Manchester City 4-2 in their last game.
Koeman was expected to help Everton climb the table and challenge the big sides in the division, but is still settling at his new club.
In other Everton news, this key forward has been ruled out of the upcoming clash with Leicester.