Everton vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Everton and Leicester are both hoping to bounce back from surprise defeats when they meet at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day.

The Toffees ended 2018 by losing 1-0 to Brighton, while Leicester were stunned at Cardiff in stoppage time to lose by the same scoreline.

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Everton ran out 2-1 winner in the last meeting between the two sides

Leicester’s defeat was particularly unexpected as it followed back-to-back victories over Chelsea and Manchester City.

Nonetheless, both teams remain in the top half of the Premier League table ahead of their clash and just one point separates them as they chase the Europa League spots.

What the players are saying

Jordan Pickford (Everton): “I think we are playing well, we’re gelling well, we just need to start getting that consistency.

“If you can’t win, don’t lose the game but Brighton scored and we couldn’t break them down.

“Leicester are a tough side. We won at their place (2-1 in October) so they will be trying to get a bit of revenge but we’ve just got to bring our A-game, recover well and hopefully get three points.

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Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire have been speaking to the media ahead of the game

Harry Maguire (Leicester): “That is the best thing about the Christmas period. Once you get a defeat you only have to wait two or three days before you are playing again.

“It’s nice to have another game in three days and it’s a big game for us now at Everton.

“We will look forward to that one, try to rest and recover and hopefully get the three points up there.”

Team news

Everton forward Richarlison suffered a knock during the weekend defeat at Brighton but is expected to be in contention.

Ademola Lookman, who has missed the last three games with an ankle problem, will be assessed.

Leicester will assess Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan ahead of the trip to Merseyside.

The pair missed the defeat to Cardiff due to illness while Hamza Choudhury was rested and is expected to return to the squad.

Daniel Amartey (broken ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) remain out for manager Claude Puel.

Predicted line-ups

Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Sigurdsson, Gueye, Gomez; Walcott, Richarlison, Bernard.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mendy, Ndidi; Albrighton, Maddison, Gray; Vardy.

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