Leicester City could end the Premier League matchday top of the table if they can beat Everton at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.
A 3-0 victory over Brighton at the weekend and indifferent results for Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side just a point off top spot heading in to the midweek game with Everton.
Incidentally, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees beating Chelsea 1-0 last time out which allowed the Foxes to rise up to third in the table.
The Merseysiders can take confidence in that win at Goodison Park, as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike was the first goal anyone had scored past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy in 5 consecutive games.
Everton’s sensational start to the campaign has no doubt tailed off, but Ancelotti will be hoping the three points at the weekend will kickstart a good patch of form heading in to a tricky looking festive fixture schedule.
After Wednesday’s game with Leicester, the Blues face Arsenal in the Premier League and then Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter finals, before welcoming Manchester City to Goodison in the last game of 2020.
Leicester meanwhile will be hoping to end the year in strong fashion after a recent rocky patch of form – it was at a similar stage last season that the Foxes’ momentum stalled in their hunt for a Champions League place.
In terms of team news, Brendan Rodgers remains without several first team defenders including Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans.
Summer signing Timothy Castagne is approaching a return and will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game at the King Power.
Everton fans haven’t seen much of Jean-Philippe Gbamin in a Blue shirt and that looks set to be the case until 2021 as he is still recovering from injury – James Rodriguez has been a far more impressive signing but he too is out with a calf issue.
Lucas Digne remains in the treatment room too and won’t be involved until the new year, but Seamus Coleman is said to be making good progress on a return – don’t be surprised if he is involved against Leicester.
Leicester City v Everton is an 8pm kick off on Wednesday 16th December.