Everton 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Without Jamie Vardy we are all a bit uncertain of the outfall but again the best selection possible was done by Brendan Rodgers as we got as excited as we could be in front of a very difficult away game v. Everton at Goodison Park.

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Leicester never managed to get out of the starting blocks as well as we would have liked and Everton were the better team for the first period of the game, and after 30 minutes James Rodriguez scored from a clinical shot and out of reach for Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester came a bit more into the action in the late stages of first half but all in all a disappointing first half, but a bit of the action had been seen, so not surprisingly Brendan Rodgers never did any big moves before 2nd half.

Papy Mendy had early on replaced Wilfred Ndidi, who had to leave with an injury, but the change really didn’t upset much with Mendy playing brilliantly after coming on, seeing Youri Tielemans and James Maddison both contributing well offensively.

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Watching Leicester City in this 2nd half was a delight and when Youri Tielemans hammered in the equalizer after 67 minutes, it was well deserved and great to see this team as it battles on even with a few setbacks, it’s something in the air.

Chengiz Under entered the field and he was also giving something extra to the team as his direct and speedy playing style really made the Everton defenders struggle with Under being unpredictable and great to watch his way of dealing with a situation that really isn’t the best for the player who has had limited game time.

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Brendan Rodgers also gave much needed minutes to Caglar Soyuncu, who replaced Jonny Evans, who might have also picked up an injury. All in all, playing away and against a top team, getting a point after being a goal under is always seen as good, but with a bit of more luck all 3 could have been possible. Leicester are third in the Premier League table, we are soon in February and this looks very promising.

  • Positives
    • Getting back after being a goal down
    • Mendy, Soyuncu and Under showing that the depth in the squad is there
    • Tielemans growing to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League
    • Looks like Brendan Rodgers is able to balance everything correctly
  • Negatives:
    • The start of the game, first half not good at all
    • Losing Ndidi and Evans to injuries
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 6, James 6, Evans 6, Fofana 7, Tielemans 8, Maddison 6, Ndidi 6, Albrighton 5, Perez 6, Barnes 7 Subs: Mendy 7, Under, Soyuncu
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Youri Tielemans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 35 / 65
  • Corners: 5 / 11
  • Shots on target: 2 / 6
  • Fouls: 12 / 10

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