Leicester will be up against at home and we should be favourites in this battle, and as we are saying that we have again a new recruit in the England squad. In form James Maddison is included in a squad of much young English talent.
Everton is an interesting team with a manager that in a way has his exam this season. Marco Silva has been getting a lot of credit both as Hull City boss and later at Watford, were he was maybe laying the foundation we can see at Vicarage Road.
So far it’s been up’s and down’s at Everton, and his team is not yet settled a number of troublesome injuries and a group of young players who are not yet on the level to compete with the best.
Among players to look out for are Tom Davies, Richarlison and Idrissa Gueye. They are a trio that can destroy the opponent, but this team is far from a finished article and a number of players must see their chance or it they can all be out when January arrives.
in goal of course, England international, Jason Pickford, one that Jamie Vardy has to beat with clinical finishing and more accurate directions than before this season, we all trust in Vardy to be the one settling the goals.
Leicester have no special injury worries if you count out long term injured Matty James and Demarai Gray who is out a while. Everton will be without a group of players, one of them newly signed defender Yerri Mina, another is Andre Gomes and a third is James McCarthy.
Everton is an opponent to respect, but everything else than a win will be a dissappointment. Tcf is not happy with all doings in team selections done by Claude Puel, and believe that Marc Albrighton always should be in the team, Puel thinks not.
The right back problem is one also to address with central defender / midfielder Daniel Amartey is a preferred choice by Puel. We don’t have anything against Amartey in person, but to see money flushed out on right back Ricardo Pereira and not being able to convince anyone he is a defensive alternative in the Premier League is a bit shocking.
But hopefully playing with an offensive Ben Chilwell and a more defensive orientated Amartey will be the preferred choice, but I would be terrified to see a battle between Richarlison and Amartey, if the Ghanaian is up to that and makes the best out of this battle, then Tcf is convinced he can continue, but if Amartey becomes “cone” against one of the top flank midfielders in the league, then Puel has a job to do.
To play Pereira at right back against Richarlison, who might think what could happen, so this is a crucial key in the game, maybe the most important part.
Andre Marriner, will be in charge at King Power
Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 29.10.17, 2-0, Win, Premier League
Away: 31.01.18, 1-2, Defeat, Premier League
Our prediction is a 3-2 win to Leicester
Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Amartey, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy, Pereira, Albrighton – Maddison – Vardy
Former Leicester and Everton forward Gary Lineker made his first full league appearance for Everton at Filbert Street, just a few weeks after leaving. This was the opening game of the 1985/86 season. Ironically his successor in the Leicester attack Mark Bright, scores two as Leicester wins 3-1. Lineker did not score in that opening game, but the season in total is in a way a bit of success ending as the top goalscorer in the league and picking up two runners-up titles in the league and the FA Cup. Later that summer he becomes the top scorer in the World Cup in Mexico and settles a move to Barcelona. What started a bit difficult at Filbert Street, ends on a high with probably two of Lineker’s best memories of a great career, scoring most in a World Cup and signing for Barcelona in just weeks between.
In Both Camps,
Gary Lineker is of course the big name of those in both camps, but also Tony Cottee must be mentioned as an important fellow at both places. Other names to remember are Kevin Campbell, Danny Cadamarteri, Kevin Ball, Marcus Bent, Michael Keane, Ian Marshall and Martin Keown.
The big duel,
Richarlison v. Amartey, the big test for the Ghanaian defender who could make the right back position his if he can win this battle with the Brazilian wonder. We just have to wait and see what Puel will do, but it’s time to give Amartey a real challenge.