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Leicester to peg Everton back on opening day among 3 best bets

| 15.08.2014

One of the chief reasons Leicester won the Championship in 2013/14 was due to a fantastic home record and the houseproud Foxes are sure to trouble a few of the Premier League establishment at the King Power Stadium this season, starting with Everton.

Below are our carefully considered three best bets for the opening day contest:

Leicester to draw with Everton @ 12/5

No one in the seond tier took more points at home than Nigel Pearson’s Foxes last term and their 17 wins from 23 games bodes well for their top-flight rebirth.

Meanwhile, a frustrating characteristic of Roberto Martinez’s Everton side last season was their failure to turn very good away day performances into wins, as they went on to record a divisional high of six draws on their travels.

Throw into the mix that these teams have also drawn seven of their previous nine meetings then a point apiece feels like the right result to back.

More goals in the second half @ 21/10

Leicester were the most prolific second-half team in the Championship last season, while Everton also found the net far more regularly in the period after the break in away games.

The Toffees scored 16 of their 23 goals (68%) away from Goodison Park after the break during 2013/14.

Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 5/4

Everton had to pay top dollar for their man in the end, but judging by his last two Premier League tallies the £28m will be money well spent.

Lukaku followed up a campaign in which he notched 17 league goals for West Brom by bagging himself 15 more for the Toffees on loan from Chelsea last season.

No one in the starting line-up has a greater case than the Belgian to get Everton off the mark in 2014/15.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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