Everton will travel to the West Midlands today to continue their fight against relegation this season, and Frank Lampard will surely be hoping that his side can emulate the fighting spirit shown in their victory against Chelsea last weekend.
After Burnley lost to Aston Villa yesterday, it has given the Toffees another golden opportunity to secure their safety in the Premier League and a win today could take them out of the bottom three, one point clear of their relegation competitors.
In terms of injuries, Lampard has ruled out Donny van de Beek alongside sidelined teammates Andros Townsend, Ben Godfrey and Nathan Patterson, however, Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be in contention to start this afternoon as he returns from a minor quadriceps injury.
With that being said, this is how Football FanCast expects Everton to line up at the King Power Stadium this afternoon…
We expect the Blues boss to make just one change to his team that beat Chelsea last weekend, with a 4-3-3 formation deployed against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Despite not scoring since last August, Calvert-Lewin’s presence in the team will be hugely welcomed in the tough tie this afternoon, and his inclusion in the team allows his Brazilian strike partner Richarlison to reprise his role in his best position on the left-wing.
The £72k-per-week star who was hailed “cold” by Carlo Ancelotti has struggled with injuries throughout the season only managing 14 appearances so far, but with more goals (56) than any other player in the squad for the Toffees, the chances of the striker converting something against Leicester are higher even after an almost nine-month goal drought.
With that being said, it means that we predict Demarai Gray will lose his spot in the starting line-up to accommodate a spot for the returning centre forward.
The 25-year-old dud had a great start to the season and remains the third highest goal contributor in the squad, however, has not been able to maintain his goal-scoring form and has been unable to find the back of the net since he scored against Arsenal in December. Therefore, we expect that Lampard will drop the winger to the bench, but could easily make an appearance if the team find themselves chasing a goal.
Ultimately, there is no margin for error in the game today away from home and Lampard cannot take anything less than all three points from their trip to Leicester this afternoon if they want to maintain their chances of staying up in the Premier League next season.
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