The defending English champions Leicester City will host Ronald Koeman’s Everton at Leicester City Stadium in the English Premier League.
The defending English champions Leicester City have not had the same start and outcome this season so far compared to last year.
They have been focusing on their first ever and perhaps the only UEFA Champions League appearance. It has been a quite impressive and great campaign for Claudio Ranieri’s side as they topped their group.
Leicester City will face the three consecutive and current UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla FC in the Round of 16 of UEFA Champions League.
Leicester City have won just twice their last five English Premier League matches. Latest match ended in a four-goal draw at Stoke City, where Leicester City had to fight back after being two-nil down with ten men.
Leicester City are located on a 15th place with 17 points in the league table, which is the same amout as Burnley FC but with a better goal difference.
Team News: Jamie Vardy will not feature in the match against Everton due to a three-match ban handed by the FA after receiving a red card in the previous match. Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs are also suspended after receiving five yellow cards. Danny Drinkwater are injured and are not available for the match on Boxing Day.
Leicester City’s Form:
Stoke City | D
Bournemouth | L
Manchester City | W
Sunderland | L
Middlesbrough | D
Since sacking their former manager Roberto Martinez and replacing him with Ronald Koeman Everton have not been looking the same and therefore been struggling a bit in the English Premier League.
In their last five English Premier League matches Everton have managed to win just one. That was against Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal at Goodison Park. Nevertheless, their last match was the Merseyside Derby, where Liverpool defeated the Toffies after a late goal by Sadio Mané.
Everton are located on a ninth place with 23 points in the league table, which is the same amount of points as West Bromwich Albion but with a worse goal difference.
Team News: Everton have eight players injured. They are Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, James McCarthy, Tyias Browning, Muhamed Besic, Matthew Pennington, Maarten Stekelenburg and Yannick Bolasie.
Liverpool | L
Arsenal | W
Watford | L
Manchester United | D
Southampton | L
Leicester City and Everton have faced each other in 95 matches. Leicester City have won 31 matches and Everton have won 34 of them. 30 matches have ended in draws.
The defending champions Leicester City won the last match they faced each other at Leicester City Stadium, when the match ended in 3 – 1 victory.
Both clubs’ forms have been quite weak. Nevertheless, the defending champions Leicester City are the favourites to win this match but missing a big piece in the form of Jamie Vardy who is suspended.
Leicester City 2 – 1 Everton
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