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.

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LiamG
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dannyboy Where's the protection for the defence with Rooney as your holding player? Rooney would constantly give the ball away as well. Like he did when United desperately tried to shoe horn him into the team. The protection for the defence comes from Gueye and Beni/Davies ahead of him. It's up to them to win the ball before it gets to our shoddy defence. I take your point but I think Rooney would work well in this setup. When top forward players age this is the position and role they normally drop back in to. Gullit, Pirlo etc Ultimately he… Read more »
Fansince1988
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davids Think by January they'll be safe in mid table at least, and can't see him coming to us for a relegation battle in a World Cup year.Which if we can't find a way to get some more points on the board is going to stop us getting anyone half decent in. That is the problem, as much as Leicester would want to keep him, I'm sure we have the funds to make a deal happen, but would he come? Maybe if we were midtable who knows. I'm sure we will become good and be up there with the better… Read more »
davids
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Fansince1988 Good point, I know who would do the job but it would cost us in the desperate position we are in. Some wouldn't agree but the striker is the one that got the first goal against us on Sunday. He would hit the ground running im Sure of that. I like Dzeko,Giroud is ok but in the prem in a struggling team I can't really see them getting to many, IMO Vardy would. Think by January they'll be safe in mid table at least, and can't see him coming to us for a relegation battle in a World Cup… Read more »
dannyboy
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LiamG

I still wouldn't mind seeing him in midfield. Currently I think he tries too hard when he drops deep because he feels it's his responsibility to make things happen but if we put legs around him I think he could dictate a game from deep. Basically doing what MS should be doing. Then we could put Gueye and Beni/Davies ahead of him.

Where's the protection for the defence with Rooney as your holding player? Rooney would constantly give the ball away as well. Like he did when United desperately tried to shoe horn him into the team.

Fansince1988
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davids My fear is it might be getting far too late by then,and I'm still waiting to hear someone put forward the name of this mythical striker who would sign for us and who will hit the ground running and score the goals we so badly need.As it stands I find it hard to see this team beating anyone,we've already had one Kevin Campbell and I can't see lightning striking twice sadly. Good point, I know who would do the job but it would cost us in the desperate position we are in. Some wouldn't agree but the striker is… Read more »
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