Everton’s quest to avoid relegation from the Premier League continues on Wednesday as they welcome mid-table Leicester City to Goodison Park.
Inspired by a confidence-boosting 1-0 home triumph over Manchester United last time out, Frank Lampard’s side will be looking to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time since September.
However, they are not off the hook yet, even though the English manager hailed his men’s all-important victory over Champions League hopefuls.
“I’ve got to give the lads a lot of credit, it’s not easy after two defeats in a week,” he said in the aftermath, as relayed by the Manchester Evening News.
“To go again Saturday morning against a team that are fresh and full of quality and show that level of spirit and desire, to get the fans involved, they put the effort in and got what they deserve.”
The Toffees languish just three points clear of 18th-placed Burnley ahead of this round. But with a game in hand, they are in firm control of their fate.
With Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal some of the sides awaiting Everton down the final stretch, Leicester’s visit to Goodison could be considered a must-win clash.
Luckily for Lampard’s team, the Foxes are experiencing an equally disappointing Premier League season.
Brendan Rodgers’ men fell to a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat away to Newcastle United last time out, throwing their hopes of landing another top-half finish into doubt.
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Despite keeping just one clean sheet in their 15 Premier League home meetings with Leicester, Everton have suffered just two defeats during that sequence (W5, D8).
Keeping things tight at the back will be crucial, though, as the Toffees have lost 18 of their last 21 Premier League fixtures in which they failed to hold their opposition at bay (W1, D2).
However, Goodison has been the leading source of points for Everton this season, with 79% of their total Premier League points arriving at home (22/29).
Before the abovementioned loss to Newcastle, Leicester had gone unbeaten in three consecutive league matches beforehand (W2, D1) despite conceding on each occasion.
The Foxes have lost six of their last eight Premier League away games (W1, D1), letting in 2+ goals in each defeat, suggesting Everton forwards could have a field day.
Even if they open the scoring at Goodison, Leicester cannot take anything for granted, as they have dropped the league’s fourth-most 18 points from winning positions this season.
What’s going on with Richralison?
Like Everton, Richarlison has endured a sub-par season by his standards, racking up just six goals from 23 Premier League appearances.
Despite underperforming for most of the season, the Brazilian forward still has a host of admirers, as per the Everton transfer news.
Unfortunately for the Goodison faithful, he seems to have run out of patience with the club’s lack of results.
According to Football Insider, the 24-year-old has told his representatives to find him a way out of Everton in the upcoming transfer window.
Richarlison reportedly has his heart set on leaving the Toffees in the summer regardless of whether they stay in the Premier League beyond the summer.
Man United are interested in acquiring the forward’s signature as they look to sign a long-term replacement for evergreen goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo.
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