Marco Silva will be desperate to justify resting so many key players in Tuesday’s Cup exit to Southampton when his side face Leicester at the KP Stadium.
Despite taking the Saints to penalties at Goodison, Everton were anything but inspiring and fringe players did not grab their opportunity.
Theo Walcott cancelled out Danny Ings’ opener with a late strike but some dreadful spot kicks from the Toffees saw their Carabao Cup hopes vanish.
The Blues now have to wait until the FA Cup for another shot at ending that two decade long trophy drought, but until then, full focus is on the Premier League, starting with the Foxes.
Since Claude Puel’s side lost two on the bounce against Liverpool and Bournemouth respectively, they have gone on to win their last three games.
A 3-1 win over Huddersfield was followed by a penalty shootout success against Wolves before they downed Newcastle 2-0 at St. James’ Park last weekend.
City are sitting in a healthy eighth place after seven games and could go as high fourth with a comprehensive victory against Everton.
The Blues have faced Leicester on 108 occasions, with the Merseysiders coming away victorious 41 times, with the Foxes beating this weekend’s opponents 35 times while 32 of the games have finished in stalemate.
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James Maddison celebrated his first, well deserved, call-up to the senior England national side this week.
The 21-year-old has been in fine form this campaign, he is the Foxes’ joint top scorer alongside Jamie Vardy with three.
He also has two assists and the former Norwich attacking midfielder could prove to be a thorn in Everton’s side on Saturday.
Andre Gomes started training with the first team this week but won’t be in contention to make his debut yet.