Everton and Liverpool destroying weekend for Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez

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Leicester City faced an Everton side who had their heads right and came away with a 2-1 at King Power. Especially Brazilian duo Bernard and Richarlison gave Leicester enough trouble to upset a descent run of results lately.

A 2nd half goal from Iceland international Gulfi Sigurdsson made it possible for Everton to bring all points back to Merseyside.

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The fact that Wes Morgan had to leave the field early in 2nd half made it difficult, despite a promising display by Leicester City during most periods of the game.

A day after Leicester’s defeat to Everton, Manchester City are playing Liverpool on Anfield, and a game looking like a 0-0 draw explodes into action when Leroy Sane is brought down by Virgil Van Dijk and a penalty is given.

Gabriel Jesus is the one chosen to take the penalty, but a message from Pep Guardiola changes that and Riyad Mahrez steps forward. He has missed five penalties in his last eight attempts so why he was the “chosen one” few understands.

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Mahrez can’t convert and the ball goes straight up in the air, above the goal and into the stands, what a disgraceful penalty, badly taken and what could have been a great day for Man City bringing home their first win at Anfield under Guardiola ends in a 0-0 draw.

Not the best of weekends if you support Leicester City and have an eye for former players and how they are doing around in other clubs, this was not good at all.

Leicester 1, Everton 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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The supposed battle between Richarlison and Daniel Amartey was easily stopped by Marco Silva’s team selection, giving another Brazilian a chance to outplay the Leicester chosen right back. Bernard is a great dribbler and after just a few minutes he set up his fellow countryman Richarlison who was moved into centre attack.

A terrible defensive error by Leicester gave Bernard the chance to deliver a perfect pass to his teammate who converted easily from inside the box. As so many times before Leicester were behind almost before people had got to their seats. The rot was on again at home.

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The game was more and more changed as Leicester came forward a number of chances were missed as Jamie Vardy again never managed to convert after being close with a header and a shot alone with Jordan Pickford.

City kept momentum and especially Mendy and Ndidi made more and more impact taking over the center of midfield and heavily influenced the performance. But it was not until the 40th minute that Leicester were equal with a fantastic solo raid by Ricardo Pereira scoring a great goal dribbling himself into the penalty box and perfectly place his shot behind Pickford in the Everton goal.

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We all had great hope for a possible win as the team started to perform as they did in the last 30 minutes of the first half, and a also started 2nd half brightly. But to see Wes Morgan foolishly getting a 2nd yellow card, everyone had a great worry about how Leicester could win and also be able to keep a draw.

Everton pushed hard for that 2nd goal and with one more player it was obvious that players such as Sigurdsson, Walcott and Davies all would go for goals and try to pick up all three. The Iceland international scored a beauty from long distance as the game was settled, despite a number of attempts from Leicester.

A close header from Daniel Amartey could have given City a draw, but his attempt was not a good one as the ball never reached the goal but instead was headed outside. The highlight of the game was Ricardo Pereiras goal and as long as a captain does this type of mistakes, experienced Vardy is not able to convert missed chances and Amartey so easily gave space to Bernard it’s not easy to get points. Disappointing day at King Powers, again points that should have been in the bank is gone away up north.

  • Positives:
    • Pereira and his brilliant goal, what a finish
    • Getting to enough clear chances to kill this game off and win it
    • Mendy and Ndidi are on the path of being a blistering partnership
  • Negatives:
    • Starting badly in almost every game, concentration level looks low
    • Puel not able to get his moves from the bench correctly
    • Exposing Morgan in defense, probably could have been replaced
    • Three defenders booked in a home game, sadly that is not good enough
    • Vardy not able to convert chances that should have been goals
    • Maddison, an England international midfielder, is played on the flank
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Amartey 5, Chilwell 6, Morgan 3, Maguire 6, Mendy 7, Ndidi 7, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 4, Maddison 5, Pereira 8, Subs: Albrighton, Oakazaki, Ghezzal

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 49 / 51
  • Corners: 2 / 10
  • Shots on target: 1 / 6
  • Shots wide: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 10 / 11
  • Offsides: 5 / 0


Leicester v. Everton, Match Preview, Fans View, Who’s in, Who’s out

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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.

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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.

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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

Best Bet,
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

Fun Fact,
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.

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