By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

1st May, 2023 | 4:40pm

Everton: Sky Sports pundit delivers verdict on Toffees struggles ahead of crucial Leicester City clash

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Not scoring goals is the reason why Everton continue to struggle so badly in the Premier League ahead of the crucial trip to Leicester, says Kevin Campbell.

A goalless draw at Crystal Palace on 22 April had arrested the slide of two straight underwhelming defeats, but the 4-1 home loss to Newcastle five days later but the pressure right back on, with the Toffees going to the King Power on Monday night (1 May) in 19th place.

Three goals in five top flight outings in April lays the long-term attacking issue bare, despite the long-awaited return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin from injury, but there is a definitely opportunity in Leicester to lift some pressure with a result.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News the Sky Sports pundit said: “We know what the problem is – scoring goals. 

“And the away form hasn’t been great, so you rely so much on the home form, and you’ve played against some good sides. 

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“It’s not always going to go to plan. Everton are in that position for a reason. 

“The form has picked up but it’s not always going to be perfect, that’s for sure. 

“Because there’s an imbalance in the squad. That’s what I think it is anyway.”

Everton were given a helping hand by the combined defeats by Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton and West Ham over the weekend, meaning none of the direct rivals for the drop picked up any ground before Sean Dyche’s side were in action.

But with Dean Smith’s men a point and a place ahead of the Toffees they will be eyeing the exact same opportunity, so it promises to be a tense night.

Everton have proven they can fight to defend a narrow lead multiple times under Dyche, but they are far less accomplished at battling back from deficits when under such pressure, so if the attacking imbalance can be overcome at all it would give them a much greater chance of coming back to Merseyside with a result.