Despite another loss in what has been a dismal opening to the campaign for Everton, Wednesday’s second-half performance at Stamford Bridge was enough to give anyone confidence with David Unsworth at the helm.
It was maybe the best performance of the season, possibly because Rhino gave the players licence to express themselves in the undeserved 2-1 Carabao Cup exit.
If it were not for a few poor decisions in the final third (down to a lack of confidence) and an inspired Willy Caballero performance, the Blues would’ve been in the draw for the next round.
The hosts will be welcoming new boss Claude Puel to the dugout on Sunday after dismissing Craig Shakespeare two weeks ago.
And on the back of two victories under caretaker Michael Appleton, the Foxes’ spirits will be high, the last thing an Everton side without a win to their name in over a month need.
A Romelu Lukaku inspired league double over the 2015/16 Champions last campaign will be a long-lost memory for the Toffees now the Belgian is gone, but Unsworth will be hoping a new hero appears at the King Power Stadium and fires his side to a much-needed victory.
Who are the dangermen for the hosts?
15/16 PFA players’ player and fans player of the year Riyad Mahrez may not have lit up the Premier League last time around like he did in the title-winning year, but the quality he has in his locker is undoubted.
His ability to take a man on is second to none and the Algerian has proved cutting in on that left foot of his is deadly.
Jamie Vardy loves playing against Sunday’s opponents, having had his hand in four goals in the four games he has featured in (two goals and two assists).
His blistering pace should rightly frighten the life out of a lacklustre Everton defence.
Team news –
Leicester have no big injury worries, with Robert Huth and Matty James the only two players out.
The visitors have Idrissa Gueye returning from suspension after his dismissal against Arsenal a fortnight ago.
Morgan Schneiderlin has missed the last two matches and is a doubt.
James McCarthy’s injury hell has returned to plague the Ireland international, after finally getting back on the pitch on Wednesday night, a hamstring injury has ruled him out for the foreseeable.
Everton are sitting a point behind City so this one is a massive game at the bottom of the table…
A win for Unsworth will go a long way to getting the club’s former centre-half what he wants, a chance at managing the team he loves.
Up the Toffees.