Lukaku and Barkley vs. Vardy and Mahrez

Last updated: December 16, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWDW
Away form: WWDWW
Last season: 2-2
Competition: The Premier League

Did you ever imagine that after 16 rounds of The Premier League, Leicester City would be lying top of the standings? Claudio Ranieri is doing amazing work motivating his team. The Foxes have won 7 of their last 10 Premiership games and haven’t recorded a defeat in 9 consecutive matches. In addition Leicester have scored at least one goal in all their matches so far. Their attack is the best in the league (34) and Jamie Vardy is the current top goal-scorer with 15 goals. They are just living the dream…

Everton have also showed a great performance recently. The Toffees are on a run of 6 matches without a defeat in The Premiership. They scored 11 goals in their last 3 home matches. Moreover, Lukaku has scored at least one goal in Everton’s last 6 matches. He has scored 12 goals in total, which makes him the second best striker in the league after Vardy.

Last season both teams met twice and these matches ended with a 2-2 draw (both). Leicester have recorded only 9 away victories from 47 visits to Goodison Park.

Team News

Danny Drinkwater went out with a hamstring injury in the 16th minute in Leicester’s last game against Chelsea on Monday.

Ritchie De Laet and Matty James are the other players on The Foxes’ injury list. The Belgian player will soon be ready to play.

McCarthy, Browning, Hibbert and Pienaar are sure to miss the match for Everton. Phil Jagielka is also sidelined, but he will be ready to play within 2 weeks.

Bryan Oviedo has recovered from his hamstring problem. However, the left back will struggle to find his place among the starting XI, because Leighton Baines has finally recovered from his injury.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “I was honest with Naismith and told him he was too important to the club to be allowed to leave.”

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “I am proud but I was also proud when I left Valencia and my players twice reached the final of the Champions League.”

Expected line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Stones, Baines, Coleman, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Naismith, Gibson, Oviedo, McGeady, Galloway, Mirallas.
Injured: Pienaar, Hibbert, Browning, Jagielka, McCarthy.
Not available:
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, King, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Ulloa.
Subs Schlupp, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Dyer, Okazaki, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James, De Laet, Drinkwater
Not available:

Key Battle

lukaku Lukaku this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
16 1405 12 3,4 4 3 2 0
vardy Vardy this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
16 1417 15 3,7 2 1 4 0

So far this season

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Everton this season Leicester this season
10 League Position 1
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (5)
6-2 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle and Swansea
3 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (0)
0-3 to Manchester United Biggest Defeat 2-5 to Arsenal
Lukaku (12) Top scorer Vardy (15)
Deulofeu (7) Assist Leader Mahrez (7)
Y22, R2 Discipline Y29, R0
4 Failures to score 0
4 Clean Sheets 3
10 Both Teams to Score Games 13
9 Over 2.5 Games 12
7 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Leicester City have won their last 3 away Premiership matches. The Foxes have scored 9 goals in these three games.
  • Everton are lying in 10th place with 23 points (only 6 away from 4th), while Leicester are top of the standings with 35 points.
  • The Toffees have won 23 of 47 home matches against The Foxes. Everton have scored 113 goals and have conceded 63, which goes to show the games between these two teams are full of goals.
  • The last time Everton lost at home in The Premiership was two months ago. The Toffees lost to Manchester United 0-3, which is their biggest defeat of the season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/02/15 The Premier League Everton 2-2 Leicester S. Naismith 57′
16/08/14 The Premier League Leicester 2-2 Everton McGeady 20′
27/07/14 Frinedly Everton 0-1 Leicester
20/03/04 The Premier League Leicester 1-1 Everton Rooney 75′
20/12/03 The Premier League Everton 3-2 Leicester