Everton and Leicester City face off at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening, both aiming to maintain their impressive Premier League form.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won five of their last six including a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium in mid-December, while the Foxes have won three in a row and are unbeaten in six games since that defeat.
Everton trail their opponents in the Premier League table by six points but have two games in hand. Win those games, and Ancelotti’s side will surely be in the run-in for the Premier League title, let alone top four.
Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in line to make their Premier League returns after injury, a major boost for Everton.
Another major plus for Ancelotti is the return to fitness and goalscoring form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin who netted in their comfortable 3-0 FA Cup fourth round triumph over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Brazillian Allan and Fabian Delph remain on the sidelines, as well long-term absentee Jean-Phillipe Gbamin.
Brendan Rodgers will be without his leading marksman Jamie Vardy for the foreseeable future, but recent surgery on the striker’s hip suggests he will only be out for a couple weeks.Embed from Getty Images
Kelechi Iheanacho will be the obvious choice to fill-in for Vardy, or Rodgers could stick with Ayoze Perez who started the win at Brentford in the FA Cup as the lone frontman.
Rodgers’ injury list is otherwise clearing up, with Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu among those back in contention.
- Leicester City have won 38 and lost 44 games against Everton in the past. In total, 32 of the 114 games between these two teams so far have ended in draws.
Leicester City: James Maddison. The midfielder has enjoyed a superb run of form, scoring six goals and assisting three in his last nine games.
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker returns from injury at the perfect time for Ancelotti as Everton aim to maintain their push for a Champions League place.
Everton: Pickford; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Gomes; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Leicester City: Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans, Fofana, Justin; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; Perez
Match Prediction: Everton 1-2 Leicester City
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