One of the biggest matches of this weekend sees Everton host league leaders Leicester City. The Foxes have had an unexpected and a remarkable season this term, and they would be looking to remain at the top of the Premier League table at Christmas. However, in Everton, they face a team capable enough to give them a challenge. The Merseyside outfit is currently at the 10th position in the Premier League with 23 points. The premier league table is very tight at this moment, and a win could take Everton as high as 5th.
Leicester, on the other hand, faces a tough challenge on the top of the table by Manchester City and Arsenal. Favourable results could see the two big clubs overtake them anytime. However, Leicester fans are confident after a convincing 2-1 win over Chelsea last Monday. The dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were once again on the score sheet as they continued their great campaign. The Foxes are flying high in the sky at this moment. However, they need to monitor the following three players to win this away match and enjoy a perfect Christmas.
Ross Barkley has been one of the most productive and the most consistent player in the Premier League this season. The Englishman has scored seven goals and assisted another five this season. He has been the perfect number 10 for the Merseyside outfit. Leicester must be wary of his deadly through balls and inch-perfect crosses. Moreover, Kasper Schmeichel must be very careful as the Everton midfielder is not shy to score from a distance. He could be one of the biggest threat to Leicester’s hopes of this match. However, Leicester must overcome his defensive weaknesses and utilise their chances during counter attacks.
Romelu Lukaku has been on fire this season. The Belgian star has scored 15 goals this season in all competitions. Moreover, he has also bagged four assists. His stats speak volumes of the threat that he poses to the Leicester defence for the next match. The former Chelsea man will pose an incredible physical threat to the Leicester defence. The defensive duo of Kante and Wes Morgan will stay close to him to reduce his risk. Moreover, they must find a way to neutralise his aerial threats. The Leicester defence must prepare themselves for a tough night ahead.
John Stones has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season, and he will be one player who Mahrez and Co. must counter to win this match. He has been crucial to Everton’s defence this season. His presence at the heart of the Everton defence has helped them stay in touch with the Europa League positions. His stats this season speaks about his brilliance. The 21-year-old English striker has maintained an incredible 3.6 clearances every game this season. Leicester needs to find a way to break his defensive line effectively in order score in this match.