Everton vs Leicester City

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Everton play their final home game before the Premier League goes on hiatus for the 2022 World Cup and it will be under the lights in L4 as improving Leicester City come to Goodison Park.

The Foxes appeared to be in crisis a few short weeks ago with Brendan Rodgers looking defeated and seemingly on the brink of losing his job following their 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham at the end of September.

However, a 4-0 hammering of Nottingham Forest to start October, back-to-back wins over Leeds and Wolves later in the month and a creditable performance in defeat to Manchester City last time out have dramatically improved the outlook at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester still occupy one of the three relegation places coming into the weekend but it’s hard to conceive they will be there come the end of the season and no one in the Everton camp will be underestimating Rodgers’s men.

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They still boast dangerous players in the form of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans and while Jamie Vardy isn’t as prolific as he used to be, he carries an ever-present goal threat that will keep the Blues’ in-form central defensive pairing of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady focused.

Everton’s defensive options look likely to be boosted by the return to fitness of Yerry Mina after more than two months out through injury while Ben Godfrey is also back full training. The latter is unlikely to feature this weekend but Mina could well be in the matchday squad where he faces an uphill battle to reclaim what used to be an automatic starting role when fit.

The Colombian has long been regarded as the Toffees’ best centre half and while there may still be merit to that assessment, Coady and Tarkowski have struck up such an effective partnership that it seems unthinkable that Frank Lampard might break it up unless forced to. Mina may have to wait until the trip to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday to get a spot in the starting XI.

One change to the line-up from the one named against Fulham that is expected, however, is Nathan Patterson coming in for Seamus Coleman. The young Scot made his much-anticipated return last week as a second-half substitute at Craven Cottage and is assumed to be fit enough to start for the first time since 18th September.

Otherwise, Lampard could elect to keep faith with the players that played the majority of the impressive win over Crystal Palace and the draw against Fulham.

If Everton can channel that performance against the Eagles, easily their best since the win over Leeds by the same 3-0 scoreline in February, then they should be able to register a second successive home win and put them on the threshold of the top half ahead of their second visit of the week to Bournemouth next weekend.

Leicester have shown themselves to be defensively fallible at various times this season and as long as the defensive and goalkeeping strength that has underpinned their decent showing so far this season continues, the ingredients are there for three home points against the Foxes for the first time in three seasons.

Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 5 November 2022
Referee: David Coote
VAR: Paul Tierney
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Leicester City

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gordon, Gray, Calvert-Lewin


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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 04/11/2022 at 06:32:26
Come on, lads. Let's get some consistency going now and send this lot home firmly back in their place.


Tony Hill
2 Posted 04/11/2022 at 06:49:56
We never seem to find it easy against Leicester at our place. 1-0 will be fine.

I would play Garner instead of Onana and McNeil instead of Gray.

Danny Baily
3 Posted 04/11/2022 at 07:26:27
I put this down as a win on our path to Premier League survival. That was before Leicester's fortunes improved, but the same could have been said about the visit of Newcastle last season. Really important that we get the 3 points.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 04/11/2022 at 07:44:49
We were going to struggle against Palace and Fulham would apparently beat us. This is not a criticism, I know there are many out there who've had their expectation virtually beaten out of them over the years.

We're Everton and playing at Goodison. Two clean sheets and 4 points from the last 2 games against tricky opponents. We're tough to beat and they won't be looking forward to this one. There's no reason we shouldn't go into this expecting the 3 points.

I am.

I understand everyone's nervousness and apprehension given last season's traumatic experience, but come on.

I don't get this talk of survival. Win our next 2 winnable league matches and we're right up that table before the World Cup. This league is wide open. We're 2 points behind Liverpool and only 5 off 7th place. Without insulting anyone's intelligence, that's 2 games away. A lot to play for and I'm looking up, not down.

And we can be in the next round of the League Cup by next Tuesday night. A step closer to Wembley.

I know everyone likes to predict or suggest the team, which I enjoy reading and getting insights into different views. Personally I don't care who's playing. That one is for the manager and his staff.

Rob Jones
5 Posted 04/11/2022 at 07:58:57
Recent improvement by Leicester aside, we should be winning this game.

Many rightfully thought that Crystal Palace were a tricky proposition, we beat them handily.

Continue with the 4-3-3, because their midfield is better and more creative than ours. Take Gordon out of the team, because he's very inconsistent at the moment (has he been destabilised more than we're allowing for?).

As Danny says, our season looks very different if we win these two. There's no real reason not to expect a minimum of four points from Leicester and Bournemouth.

Steve Shave
6 Posted 04/11/2022 at 08:08:57
We can win this, 2-0. I think Gray should be dropped for McNeil.
Christy Ring
7 Posted 04/11/2022 at 09:42:49
Leicester are playing with more confidence; their midfield, especially Maddison, is back to its best, and needs to be man-marked, but their defence is poor and we should play Calvert-Lewin and Maupay together, with Gordon on the bench.
Dave Cashen
8 Posted 04/11/2022 at 09:47:50
Agree, Steve.

I don't like the stick Gray and Gordon take on here, because I think the negative tactics we have employed most of the time are not conducive to great wing play. But we have paid £20M for McNeil. We need to know what he can do.

McNeil is no substitute. IMO. Yeah, I saw the goal against Palace, but he seems to me to be a lad who needs confidence like the rest of us need oxygen. He needs to be told he will be starting games rather than left sitting and hoping to get 10-15 minutes. That in itself comes with pressure.

I wouldn't mind rotating him Gray and Gordon as Frank tinkers with ideas on how to get us up the pitch. It's the only way we will know who the best two are when we do "hopefully" start going for the jugular.

Rob Halligan
9 Posted 04/11/2022 at 09:52:58
McNeil on the wing, Calvert-Lewin and Maupay up front. McNeil crosses for Calvert-Lewin to knock in or flick on for Maupay to slot. Simple!!
Geoff Lambert
10 Posted 04/11/2022 at 10:17:45
I wish I had some of Danny's optimism, I look at it both ways: we are 3 points above a Bottom 3 positions and the team occupying that place are Leciester; if they win, they move on to the same points as us.

We need to win the next two matches or it's back to a Bottom 3 fight for us and stuck there for the entirety of the World Cup break. Get stuck in early and get the old lady bouncing under the floodlights and we can have a nice relaxing break till after Crimbo.


Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 04/11/2022 at 11:40:31
Sorry, Geoff, I'm going into match-day mode. Everything else that I spout off about goes away. The family and dogs start looking at me with increasing alarm and I look back at them confused.

My 27-year-old son is away abroad so isn't here to tell his 51-year-old father to get a grip, so I'm a bit unregulated right now and in free flow. You'll have to forgive me.

I guess at this stage of life, it will never leave me.

Regardless of what we think or predict, we all want those 3 points tomorrow. Let's go and get them.

Derek Knox
12 Posted 04/11/2022 at 12:30:07
Danny @ 4, That's the sort of spirit I like to see, pity there weren't a few more on here like us, as long as we (EFC) give our all and play to our best, if we get beat by a better team, then so be it, but that will, and always has done for me. Personally, I don't think Leicester should be under-estimated, no team should, but I think they are fairly low on confidence, and that is reflected in their League position, but I think we should have enough in the tank, with the right team selection, to see them off.

COYB 💙💙👍

Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 04/11/2022 at 12:46:48
I'm just going to throw it out there: 6-0 Calvert-Lewin hat-trick.

We haven't given anyone a good thrashing in years. There's no particular reason to think we will tomorrow but sooner or later it's bound to happen right? So that's my prediction

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 04/11/2022 at 12:57:24
Kieran (13),

Yes, that's fine, any reason to think 6-0 is fine, but this is Everton, right, so make it 6-1!!

Jeff Armstrong
15 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:01:33
Regarding the line-up, I think we'll be unchanged with Coleman at right-back.

That's me being frank... 😊

Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:09:14
That will be after going a goal down in the first half, Dave!!!
Dave Abrahams
17 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:11:46
Danny (16),

I don't think anyone will begrudge them that goal if the score is 6-1.

Hugh Jenkins
18 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:13:33
Rob (@9),

Calvert-Lewin & Maupay. I like the idea. Dare I say it, akin to Toshack and Keegan - across the way. When Toshack took over at Swansea City he replicated it with Waddle and Giles and it also worked out very well then!

Terry Farrell
19 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:17:11
No way drop Gray he has pace and threat although yes like many wingers is inconsistent. He put it on a plate for Dom last week. Gordon struggled badly against Fulham but id start him too with the instruction to get at them. Patterson back in sorry Seamus! Leave onana he starts every game for me as does the wobes! Hoping for an improvement from gana or garner on 60 minutes coyb!
Raymond Fox
20 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:43:33
I agree Terry 19, Gray is always a threat, in fact I agree with all your points!

We are at Goodison which should be a 1-goal start and I think we will win.

Now me saying this optimistically should throw up danger signs because I'm a champion pessimist by nature.

On the other hand, as someone else said in the thread, this is Everton and we do have a habit of nosediving when favourite.

I'll still stick with us to win though because, whichever way you look at the game, we should win.

Brian Murray
21 Posted 04/11/2022 at 13:52:22
If Pickford has a weakness, it's long-range or outside-the-box pot-shots and that's mostly Leicester's strength. They need to be shut down before that.
Nicolas Piñon
22 Posted 04/11/2022 at 14:42:54
I think this is an important week for us.
Players who don't start tomorrow now they will probably do it on tuesday so motivation will be high for everyone I believe. Lampard surely knows it and will probably also try and give minutes to those who havent played for a long time and will start on tuesday, if he can, of course. Not easy to find that balance but we have a good squad now and that is relieving.
I believe the only players that cannot be dropped are Tarkowsky, Coady, Gana and Onana. They are the teams personality and reason for us being much much much better. The others can come and go.
Great to have Godfrey and Mina(?) back as well. They are humble and hungry, they push for the team and it is only good news for us all.
Danny Broderick
23 Posted 04/11/2022 at 14:45:03
I think Leicester are there to be got at. They are awful at defending set-pieces.

I feel they overplay - if you press them, without over-committing, you can get some joy. And defending slightly deeper, like we do with Coady and Tarkowski, is the way to nullify Vardy.

It will probably be 2-0 to Leicester having said all that!

Derek Knox
24 Posted 04/11/2022 at 15:29:05
Hugh @ 18, or Sid Little and Eddie Large?

That worked out not too badly either. 😜🤔💙

Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 04/11/2022 at 15:35:52
Kieran (13),

I've just discovered a reason why should get a load of goals: it's bonfire night tomorrow, time for the team to produce a load of fireworks and throw them at Leicester.

Speaking of Leicester, it's also Lester Piggot's birthday, one of my favourite sportsmen.

Tony Abrahams
26 Posted 04/11/2022 at 16:15:11
On the Everton page right now is a video of Everton thrashing Leicester 5-1 during 1986-87, which was our last Championship-winning season. It's worth a watch.

I didn't realize Paul Wilkinson was already in double figures before the New Year, but it was Sheedy who was pulling the strings around this period, and his sublime chip still lives in my memory, even though it's nearly 36 years since he put the icing on the cake after giving a fine exhibition of how to find space whilst playing as a central midfielder.

The last time Everton played at home on Bommy night (I think) would do for me, when we came from two goals down to beat Watford during Unsworth's spell in charge

John Kavanagh
27 Posted 04/11/2022 at 16:19:29
I'd steer well clear of selecting Mina, even for the bench. There's been too many instances of him pulling up injured. Maybe use him for the cup game.

Personally, I'd take any offer that comes in January for both Mina and Keane. Keane lacks Mina's mental strength and Mina lacks Keane's basic fitness. You cannot do without either to compete in the Premier League.

Leicester will be a very tough opponent to beat as they are now back on their best form. I want us to start Patterson as his pace will be needed and he's more of a threat going forward, even though Seamus can do a capable job.

I want us to get to a nice comfy top-half 20 points before the Blatter Bribefest in Qatar. This will be a great opportunity to demonstrate just how much we've improved as a team. Calvert-Lewin and Gordon to score.

Dale Self
28 Posted 04/11/2022 at 16:32:34
I like it Rob 9, been waiting for that all season. Iwobi helping McNeil get free for the cross obviously.
Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 04/11/2022 at 16:42:06

Fireworks! There you go, I knew there was a reason for my confidence. I think the last time we won 6-0 was under Walter Smith against WHU if the old memory is holding up.

Brian Wilkinson
30 Posted 04/11/2022 at 16:54:00
I would tweak the team, I would start with Patterson for Coleman if fit, switch Gray for McNeil, and bring Garner or Doucouré in for Gueye, give the three dropped some respite.

Probably start with the same starting 11 though from previous games.

Joe McMahon
31 Posted 04/11/2022 at 17:00:30
Kieran, it was, I was at the match with a West Ham fan from work, wasn't his best day. Super Kev got a hat-trick.

On thrashings yes they are rare for us blues. Moyes 7-1 v Fulham, Yakubu hat-trick and didn't a Marco Silva Everton beat Man Utd by 4 or 5? I'm sure we must have given someone a hiding with Lukaku.

Christy Ring
32 Posted 04/11/2022 at 17:35:48
Gray doesn't deserve to be dropped in my opinion, he's a more attacking threat than Gordon at the moment, and Calvert-Lewin should have buried his cross against Fulham.

Tony #26,

Imagine having Sheedy pulling the strings in midfield now, didn't get the chance in his prime, with Reid & Bracewell a superb combination, commanding the centre. His accuracy with a heavy wet ball back then, what would he do with the light ball now, orchestrating from the middle.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
33 Posted 04/11/2022 at 17:51:41
Kieran, correct. End of season game. There with the kids.

Best laugh was 5 minutes from the end the West Ham fans started imagining goals and celebrating. We eventually worked out what they were on about when they were chanting "We want 4, we want 4."

Wish all games were watched in that spirit.

Days of Campbell and Jeffers.

Danny O’Neill
34 Posted 04/11/2022 at 17:56:11
Just watched the Lampard interview as well as the training footage on YouTube. Good to see Godfrey back in training so soon and Mina back also. Great session on a small pitch playing in tight spaces. All about keeping possession under pressure but then pressing when not on the ball.

I get the impression Frank doesn't like the media. His body language gives the impression that he doesn't want to be there and gets irritated by them. They do his head in. His questioning the the quote that Leicester haven't conceded 26 goals from set pieces this season. Quality; they've conceded 25 total in the Premier League.

Tony Abrahams, you've only gone and dropped the Sheedy bomb. Now I'm off. Not just that delightful chip, but that looped pass against Norwich when he literally stood still, waited for the run of Heath and lifted an unconventional pass right over the heads the defence for Inchy to run onto. I can still see it now as I did from the Gwladys Street.

A player that could make time stand still whilst everyone around him ran like they were on duracel batteries. He slowed the game down and made his decisions.

Nick Page
35 Posted 04/11/2022 at 18:06:12
Started playing well this lot. Maddison looking good again. But we can't let them play as they're quick and skilful. False league position for Leicester. But we desperately need the points here.

Watched a George Best doc yesterday. Was decent. Lots of 60's footage. Then I found this….

Second best team of the '60s. Then 5th '70s. Then 3rd '80s. Then 9th. Then Kenwright. Hardly saw the shite until the '70s.

Kieran Kinsella
36 Posted 04/11/2022 at 18:29:03

Haha, nice anecdote!

Raymond Fox
37 Posted 04/11/2022 at 18:39:07
6/4 Everton 2/1 draw 9/4 Leicester.
Thats skinnier odds for a draw than usual, thats what the layers will be hoping for!
Terry Farrell
38 Posted 04/11/2022 at 19:49:44
Cheers, Ray, great minds. 😁
Tony Everan
39 Posted 04/11/2022 at 20:40:32
Frank got a great response from Gray and Gordon in the last home game, I think he will stick with the pair of them and tell them to do the same again.

Leicester have a few decent players but defensively they can be got at. Maddison is their best player, snuff him out in midfield and we will have a great chance tomorrow to repeat the Crystal Palace performance. Although 6-0 would be preferable I'd settle for,

Everton 3 Leicester 1.


Andy Meighan
40 Posted 04/11/2022 at 21:30:02
Heard a little story today that Mina took McNeil out in training on Wednesday, making him a doubt for tomorrow's game. The lad said Frank was absolutely fuming.

Could be the usual rumour mill nonsense but this lad is a really good source.

Rob Halligan
41 Posted 04/11/2022 at 21:34:20
Hugh #18 & Dale #28.

Neal Maupay can be our fox in the box. He can be an annoying little shit, but he's our annoying little shit. He can take so much pressure off Calvert-Lewin in and around the penalty area, perhaps making space and chances for the likes of Anthony Gordon, Iwobi and Onana coming from deep for any loose flick-ons by Calvert-Lewin. Calvert-Lewin and Maupay will certainly get a lot of man-marking from defenders which would surely open up space for our attacking midfielders.

I'm confidently predicting an emphatic victory tomorrow, followed up by a double over Bournemouth. We should play our strongest possible team against Bournemouth on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, then the same again next Saturday.

We've then got a 7-week break before the season resumes, so any minor injuries picked up in the next week will have plenty of time to fully recover. This next week is an ideal opportunity to move up the table and progress in the Carabao Cup. Come on Everton, with a near fully fit squad, don't pass this opportunity by.

Dale Self
42 Posted 04/11/2022 at 22:02:52
Yeah, Rob, I was somewhat miffed that we didn't at least try for Troussard but Maupay is probably the better complement to Calvert-Lewin who we're stuck with for a while.

Maupay is not a super athlete but he does get in positions to put the defenders off-balance. I think he also needs to be deployed to help Iwobi with getting out of our half and distribution to the wingers.

If he and Iwobi can gain an understanding, I could see him doing a 1-2 with Iwobi, kick it out to the wing and then dash into the box to drag a defender and possibly pick up the bounce. Really hoping he can find a way to work Calvert-Lewin open and give Dom the best chance to get some dangerous touches in the box.

We can jump the shite. And if we do, I'm drinking this weekend because we'll be in good shape to stay above them for a fucking week. I'm almost sending my red shite colleagues (can't call 'em 'friends') an email warning of the vitriolic volcano I intend to spew at them if they can't manage to get a point at Spizzz.

In fact, we should get on top Saturday and pile the pressure on until the Sunday kickoff for those shit clubs.

Tony Hill
43 Posted 04/11/2022 at 22:08:34
I'm not convinced by Maupay, he looks too slow and his touch (apart from the goal against West Ham) has looked poor. Early days for him with us and we've not played to his strengths.

I agree his best chance is alongside Calvert-Lewin. i Don't think Frank agrees, he seems to want to play one or the other.

Gary Johnson
44 Posted 04/11/2022 at 23:21:56
I'd try a 3-4-1-2 tomorrow……

Mina Coady Tarkowski
Patterson Onana Garner Mykolenko
Calvert-Lewin Maupay

Patterson and Mykolenko given license to bomb, 5 massive threats from set-pieces.

Tom Bowers
45 Posted 05/11/2022 at 01:14:30
Maupay is no world beater but we had to take what was available given the circumstances.

Our offensive limitations are obvious to all and, yes, it would be nice to have gotten Trossard given the form he is showing right now.

Frank has to man-manage the squad he has and eke out results as best he can until January at least then get a couple more strike options if possible.

A good showing against the Foxes would be nice to take us in to Bournemouth next week.

Derek Knox
46 Posted 05/11/2022 at 01:41:40
Tom B, totally agree, with Maupay, if he was a prolific striker firstly Brighton would not have let him go and certainly not for £15M.

He can be a nuisance to defences and think he could work well with Calvert-Lewin assuming of course he stays fit. His career average is one in four, so today could be the day, if stats are to be followed to the letter.

Surely better than Rondon but, then again, cost a lot more, is nearly 10 years younger etc.

Jim Lloyd
48 Posted 05/11/2022 at 11:59:16
Tom and Derek, spot on. It's make do and mend until we can start really building a squad that are our management team's first/second choices.

We're beginning to play as a team each week. So, as long as we get away from the Bottom 3 and stay around mid-table for this season, I'll be content with that.

Robert Tressell
49 Posted 05/11/2022 at 12:15:19
I drove my son to his Under-9s match this morning an hour and a half away only to find kick-off had been put back an hour and a half.

Just returned from 3 pointless hours in the car.

Not having a great day.

Feel like I deserve a good thumping home victory against Leicester today.

Kunal Desai
50 Posted 05/11/2022 at 12:18:11
Battle of the defences today. We've been solid defensively all season and up against a Leicester side that have kept four clean sheets in there last six fixtures.

One goal will win this, hopefully that's in our favour.

Rob Hooton
51 Posted 05/11/2022 at 12:31:45
I would bring Dwight McNeil in for Anthony Gordon for this one as I spoke to a couple of Leicester fans and their biggest concern was Calvert-Lewin getting on the end of crosses into the box.

Gray seems to get a lot more decent balls into the box than Gordon and McNeil was also brought in for his ability to put decent crosses in. I think we could then bring Gordon on for the last half an hour for whichever of the two isn't having as good a game – hopefully he could be a great impact sub against a tiring defence with a bit of fire in his belly wanting to prove he should start.

Easy, this management lark! I'm plumping for 2-1 to us, with a few jangly nerves at the end that we can all laugh about after.

Geoff Lambert
52 Posted 05/11/2022 at 12:42:21
Got the makings of a tight game, this, won by the odd goal. So I will go for 5-2 to the mighty blues.

Tried a bit of the Danny O'Neill and asked my two Shar Peis what they thought the score would be. As if they could understand me, they are Chinese... COYMB.

Brian Murray
53 Posted 05/11/2022 at 12:49:36

Just googled shar pie pics. Wouldn't want to mess with one of them. Good omen – sounds like Sharpy. Any sort of win would do for me.

Danny O’Neill
54 Posted 05/11/2022 at 13:05:20
Mine are from Southern Africa, Geoff, and just look at me as I talk to them before running into the distance when they see more interesting things like squirrels and the occasional fox.

Let's go and do this, Blues. And roll into next week on a high. Into the next round and follow up with another win.

I'm getting concerned looks again.

Derek Knox
55 Posted 05/11/2022 at 13:18:21
Rob @51, good shout there regarding the swap with Dwight and Gordon, who has been very disappointing for me since his head was turned and he now thinks he is worthy of £100k / week. Apart from the odd goal he hasn't done a lot. Also think this would be a good game to give Rockford Files a run out from the start at the expense of Onana, who seems set on not getting injured for the World Cup Fiasco in Qatar.

Bread and butter football, lad, is what pays your Wonga! 100-110% or not at all, probably only be on Belgium's Bench anyway if at all, while Bobby's Shoes (Brown) are melting in the Sun. Feel Gray should come in a bit and not stay so wide, feel he is more effective from the Centre (left or right) just behind the Striker(s)

Then again, what do we know as fans? When all said and done, we don't have a say in what the team is, and I'm almost convinced that Frank doesn't have a look at TW pre-game for ideas! 😜🤔💙

Mike Gaynes
58 Posted 05/11/2022 at 15:56:37
Interesting speculation on NBC this morning that Onana and Harry Kane were two players who might be tempted to take intentional yellow cards at some point this weekend. They'd be suspended for next week's games, thus not risking injury before the World Cup.

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