Premier League: Everton v Leicester

Everton have won their last three games in all competitions, progressing to the FA Cup 5th Round in the process, as well as beating Wolves at Molineux two weeks ago, while Leicester are unbeaten in eight games, a run which stretches back to the last time these sides met, when Everton ran out 2-0 winners at the King Power.

That night, goals from Richarlison and Mason Holgate were enough for the Toffees, and the Brazilian is set to start after scoring in the 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday night. Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his first appearance since overcoming a hamstring injury in that game, and also managed to get on the score sheet.

There’s also positive news for Carlo Ancelotti in the shape of Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi being available again. Left-back Digne missed seven games through injury over the Christmas period, but played 90 minutes in the win over Wolves, while Iwobi scored the opener in that game and will be available again.

Brazilian midfielder Allan is a long-term absence but should be back in contention in February, but Jean-Philippe Gbamin has no return date yet. Fabian Delph and Niels Nkounkou will miss out with a thigh injuries.

As for Leicester, their brilliant form has seen them move up to third in the table, and could go into the weekend top of the league if other results go their way.

In order to do that though, they’ll have to cope with the absence of arguably their most important player. Jamie Vardy underwent hip surgery recently but is only expected to miss two weeks, ruling him out for this game as well as the ones against Leeds and Fulham.

Also missing are Dennis Praet and Wes Morgan, with Praet set to miss at least two more months with a thigh injury, and Morgan suffering with a back injury.

Everton take on Leicester City on Wednesday, January 27th. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.

Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace seals 3-2 Everton win at Fulham

The Blues headed into the international break on the back of a four game winless streak, but first half goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure secured a timely three points.

Ancelotti’s side have been quick starters this season, and their opener came inside just 50 seconds at Craven Cottage.

Richarlison seized on a loose ball inside the Fulham and his square ball was scrambled home by Calvert-Lewin.

But despite being an absolute disaster in defence, Fulham proved they can still carry a threat on the counter, as Bobby Reid hauled them level on 13 minutes.

Michael Keane was caught out of position by Tom Cairney clever boss and Reid’s snapshot deflected past Jordan Pickford.

However, that spark of positivity was short lived for the hosts, as Calvert-Lewin netted his 10th league of goal of the season.

Alex Iwobi’s mazy run beat three Fulham defenders out wide and Calvert-Lewin arrived on cue to bury his cross.

And with their tails up, Everton stretched their lead to 3-1 just before the break as Doucoure powered home Lucas Digne’s fine cross.

Fulham continued their plan to abandon defending after the break, as Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin could and should have made it four.

But with the Toffees unable to see the game out, Fulham were handed an unexpected way back in, as Ben Godfrey fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek inside the box.

However, Fulham’s poor luck from the spot continued as Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and ballooned his effort over the bar.

Fulham did manage to edge themselves back into as Loftus-Cheek scuffed home with 20 to go.

The hosts worked hard to force an equaliser in the closing minutes, but Everton clung on as Fulham’s misery continues.

Full Time at a goal filled Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 2 Everton 3

Manchester United secure vital 3-1 Premier League win at Everton

The Norwegian’s position at Old Trafford has come under real pressure in recent weeks, but a first half brace from Fernandes set them on the way to three important points.

Both sides looked right up for this high-stakes clash on Merseyside as Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed an early chance wide and man of the moment Marcus Rashford tested the returning Jordan Pickford.

And with the Toffees just about edging it early on, Brazilian winger Bernard found a breakthrough.

Pickford’s long punt forward was flicked on Calvert-Lewin and the former Shakhtar man drilled past David De Gea on 20 minutes.

But despite squeezing themselves in front, Everton’s poor defending was to United allow back into it just five minutes later.

Luke Shaw’s floated cross dropped in between Michael Keane and Mason Holgate and Fernandes arrived on cue to nod past Pickford.

Fernandes then took control of the game for United, testing Pickford with a fine free kick, before grabbing his second of the game before the break.

Rashford clipped a delightful ball into the box and once again Fernandes ghosted in unmarked to head home.

Everton struggled to force their way back into it after the break, and Pickford almost gifted United a goa as he slipped a corner, but Harry Maguire skewed his effort over.

The game did begin to see saw in the closing stages as Pickford denied Rashford and Maguire headed Alex Iwobi’s cross off the line.

Everton almost mustered up an equaliser in added time as Abdoulaye Doucoure miscued Seamus Coleman’s pass wide, but Fernandes was to have the final say with seconds left.

The Portuguese international led a United counter attack in the closing seconds and he laid it on a plate for substitute Edinson Cavani to tuck home his first United goal.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Manchester United 3

In form Everton overpower Brighton in 4-2 Goodison Park win

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been excellent in the opening weeks of the season, and goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez sealed a 4-2 win at home to Brighton.

The super confident hosts dominated this one right from kick off, with Seamus Coleman and Calvert-Lewin testing Matt Ryan earlier on.

And with Graham Potter’s side unable to lay a glove on their hosts in the opening stages, the Blues edged themselves in front after a quarter of an hour.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s quick thinking from a corner caught Brighton out, he swung a cross into the back post, and the on-fire Calvert-Lewin bulleted a header home.

But as the Blues struggled to find a quickfire second, Jordan Pickford gifted the Seagulls an equaliser.

Leandro Trossard’s deflected strike caused problems for the England keeper and Neil Maupay reacted quickest to tap home his mistake.

But Brighton’s parity didn’t last long, as Mina spared his keeper’s blushes before the break, nodding home Rodriguez’s free kick.

Ancelotti’s side were in no mood for complacency after the break, as Rodriguez raced onto Alex Iwobi’s pass to make it 3-1.

Brighton rallied in the final half hour, but Rodriguez punished them on the break once again as the former Real Madrid man tucked home Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass.

Yves Bissouma did bag a spectacular consolation in added time, but in the end Everton were more than good value for all three points.

FULL TIME AT GOODISON PARK IT’S EVERTON 4 BRIGHTON 2