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.

Leicester pay tributes to former Chairman Khun Vichai

Khun Vichai was on board as the helicopter crashed shortly after take-off on Filbert Way in 2018, an accident which also claimed the lives of staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, proceedings on Tuesday morning were modestly staged at Khun Vichai’s Memorial Garden, just behind the East Stand at the King Power Stadium. Brendan Rodgers, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy were on hand to pay their respects.

Under the dedicated guidance of Khun Vichai, Leicester City were transformed from a side which had recently competed in League 1 to Premier League champions in just six years.

Over his entire Chairmanship, Khun Vichai personally donated in excess of £4M to local causes, while often also dedicating his time to more modest causes, away from the public eye.

Premier League Preview: Leeds United v Leicester City

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have lost just once at home this season and their visitors have won all three Premier League away games so far.

Leeds overpowered Aston Villa on their last outing and Bielsa is only expected to make a few changes against the Foxes.

Captain Liam Cooper is back fit and should replace Pascal Struijk in defence, but key midfielder Kalvin Phillips remains sidelined.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will wait on late fitness tests for Jonny Evans and Christian Fuchs with Wes Morgan and Luke Thomas on standby to fill in.

James Justin is expected to start at right back in place of Timothy Castagne but Harvey Barnes it fit to play.

Kick Off will be 8pm on Monday night at Elland Road.

Leicester pay tributes to former Chairman Khun Vichai

Khun Vichai was on board as the helicopter crashed shortly after take-off on Filbert Way in 2018, an accident which also claimed the lives of staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, proceedings on Tuesday morning were modestly staged at Khun Vichai’s Memorial Garden, just behind the East Stand at the King Power Stadium. Brendan Rodgers, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy were on hand to pay their respects.

Under the dedicated guidance of Khun Vichai, Leicester City were transformed from a side which had recently competed in League 1 to Premier League champions in just six years.

Over his entire Chairmanship, Khun Vichai personally donated in excess of £4M to local causes, while often also dedicating his time to more modest causes, away from the public eye.

Top Four chasing Leicester City face Tottenham test

Jose Mourinho’s side are right back in the running for a Europa League spot, while the Foxes are determined to hang on to their Top Four place.

Mourinho was impressed with his team in their 3-1 win at Newcastle last time out, and he is not expected to rotate too much.

Lucas Moura was taken off with a minor knock at St. James, and Steven Bergwijn could come in as the hosts only change.

For Leicester, Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the fight his side have shown in the last week, with a crucial win against Sheffield United.

Skipper Wes Morgan will fill in for Caglar Soyuncu at centre back, with teenager Luke Thomas at left back.

Ben Chilwell and James Maddison out for the rest of the campaign, and Rodgers will be relying on Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez to score the goals and get them over line in their final two games.

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