Early Premier League title challengers Leicester City face another big test when they host Everton on Wednesday at 6pm (UK time).
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Justin, Fofana, Ndidi, Fuchs; Mendy, Tielemans, Maddison, Under, Barnes; Vardy.
Everton XI: Olsen; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Allan, Sigurdsson, Doucoure; Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Where to watch Leicester vs Everton on TV:
- UK: This game is available to watch on Amazon Prime
- US: Universo
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Scoreline prediction: Leicester 1-1 Everton
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Leicester vs Everton build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The Foxes have won back-to-back games to climb to third in the table, just one point behind joint-leaders Tottenham and Liverpool. With the leading pair playing each other later on Wednesday, this match presents a good opportunity for Leicester to get ahead in the title race.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored the joint-third highest number of goals (24) among Premier League sides so far this season, putting the likes of Manchester City, Wolves and Leeds to the sword, often in emphatic fashion. However, with the busy festive period now upon us, the real test of Leicester’s title challenge begins.
In Everton, they face an opponent with renewed confidence after the Toffees recovered from disappointing results against Leeds (0-1) and Burnley (1-1) to beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday in their first game in front of fans at Goodison Park this season. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are eighth in the table and can move to within just a single point of Leicester with a win at the King Power Stadium.
- Leicester (vs Brighton): Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans*, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Justin; Perez, Maddison; Vardy.
- Everton (vs Chelsea): Pickford; Holgate, Keane, Mina, Godfrey; Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi.
Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira are both out until after Christmas, while Timothy Castagne and Caglar Soyuncu are both doubts for this one. Jonny Evans is also suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Brighton.
Ancelotti has confirmed James Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph will all be unavailable once again for the trip to Leicester, while Lucas Digne remains sidelined. Long-term absentee Jean-Philippe Gbamin is set to return to training but is still some way off first-team action.
Players to watch:
- Leicester: With 10 goals and four assists, Jamie Vardy has understandably been stealing most of the plaudits for Leicester this season, but another forward who deserves some credit is fellow Englishman, Harvey Barnes. The now fully-fledged senior England international has become a key piece in Rodgers’ attacking puzzle since returning from his loan spell at West Brom in 2019 and this season alone, Barnes has registered three goals and an assist in the Premier League. No Leicester player has completed more take-ons than Barnes’ 15 and that trickery will come in handy as the 23-year-old looks to fight his way back into Rodgers’ first-team plans, having failed to start the last three Premier League games.
- Everton: With James Rodriguez out, Everton will only be able to field one player with more than three Premier League goals so far this season against Leicester. That man, of course, is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Once a hard-worker with little killer instinct, Calvert-Lewin has reinvented himself into the Premier League’s most prolific marksman so far this season, scoring 11 goals in 12 games. To put that into perspective, the former Sheffield United man is responsible for a massive 52% of Everton’s Premier League goals in 2020/21. Calvert-Lewin drew a blank against Chelsea last time out but, even so, he was still able to win a match-high seven aerial duels as he fought to hold the ball up against Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva — his aerial prowess could be called upon again as Ancelotti’s men look to relieve the pressure against an impressive Leicester side.
Premier League 2020/21 recent form:
- Leicester: WWLLW
- Everton: WDLWL
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