As it happened: Leicester’s slump continues as Everton keep European dreams alive 
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FULL-TIME: Everton 2-1 Leicester City

Carlo Ancelotti’s side manage to hold on for a valuable three points to keep their European dreams alive. Their home record under the Italian has been outstanding since he arrived at Goodison Park.

Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the hosts an early lead and despite Kelechi Iheanacho pulling a goal back early in the second-half, Brendan Rodgers’ side we’re unable to find an equaliser.

Leicester’s worries deepen and they are still winless since the restart. They could slip to fourth in the table if Chelsea win later on, while Manchester United and Wolves are also breathing down their necks in pursuit of a Champions League spot.

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90+4’ Everton 2-1 Leicester City

Time is running out for the visitors. James Maddison clips a pass over the back line, which runs all the way to Pickford, who dives on the ball to waste some more seconds.
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90+2’ CLOSE!!!

Jamie Vardy gets past Michael Keane on the right side and breaks forward into the penalty area before pulling the ball across.
Substitute Ayoze Pérez strikes at goal, but the shot takes a deflection and goes narrowly behind. The resulting corner is cleared by the hosts.
19:52a day ago

90’ Six minutes of additional time

There will be six minutes of additional time at the end of the second-half. Six minutes for Leicester to try and pick up an important point, this period will be agonising for Ancelotti, watching on from the sideline.
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87’ Everton 2-1 Leicester City

The change from Ancelotti, putting an extra body in the central position of the pitch, has ensured the Leicester pressure has died right off.

The Foxes are still controlling the possession, as expected, but the hosts are standing strong as they look to protect their one-goal lead.

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83’ CHANCE!

Another nervous moment for the home side as Leicester break forward and work the ball quickly on the edge of the area.

Maddison has time to pick his spot, but curls over the crossbar. The visitors are pressing hard for an equaliser.

19:43a day ago

82’ Double substitution for Leicester

Another roll of the dice from Brendan Rodgers, double change for the visitors. Demarai Gray and Ayoze Pérez come on for Youri Tielemans and Marc Albrighton.
19:41a day ago

79’ Everton substitution

Ancelotti makes a substitution as we enter the final stages of this game. Anthony Gordon, who has had another good game in an Everton shirt, comes off for Bernard
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78’ This is the longest Everton have been in Leicester’s half this second-half. It’s been one-way traffic this half and the visitors are looking for an equaliser.
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75’ CLOSE!

Terrific passing on the right, which allows James Maddison to break into the penalty area. The playmaker crosses to the back post, but Chilwell strikes high over the bar.
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74’ Pickford shown a yellow card

Pickford takes his time with the goal kick to try and waste time. It’s all one way at the moment, but the referee books the Everton goalkeeper.
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72’ CHANCE!

Iheanacho gathers a pass and drives inside before striking low at goal, but Pickford makes a comfortable save.
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67’ Everton substitution

Everton make a substitution as they look to try get a foothold in this second-half. Yerry Mina  makes his first appearance since the restart and comes on for Alex Iwobi.

The players have also stopped to have a drinks break.

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64’ CHANCE!!!

Leicester close to equalising at Goodison Park and the visitors have been on top in this second-half.

Icheanacho capitalises on Pickford's mistake and flicks the ball over the head of the defender in the penalty area, but misjudges the bounce and strikes high over the bar.

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63’ CLOSE!!

James Maddison’s effort takes a deflection and goes just over the bar for a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, the visitors go close once again as Ben Chilwell heads over.

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62’ OFF THE LINE!!!!!

Marc Albrighton’s cross causes real confusion at the near post. Michael Keane goes for the ball, which causes Jordan Pickford to fumble.

The ball comes off Keane, who scrambles back to make a last-ditch clearance off the line. Everton fortunate to still be ahead at Goodison Park.

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58’ Everton substitution

Carlo Ancelotti makes his first substitution of the game. Tom Davies comes on for the injured Richarlison, who was caught by a late tackle by Ndidi just before.
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54’ Ndidi goes into the book

Late challenge from Wilfred Ndidi on Richarlison and the referee has shown a yellow card to the Leicester midfielder, the first one of the game.
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51’ GOOOAAAALLLLL LEICESTER!!!!!

One of Brendan Rodgers’’ half-time substitutes has made an immediate impact. Youri Tielemans dinks a pass over the top, which is flicked on by Jamie Vardy ahead of the defender.

Mason Holgate goes to clear the ball, but ends up striking it off Kelechi Iheanacho and the back goes into of the net. Leicester are right back into this one.

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49’ SAVE!!!

Lucas Digne goes for goal with a rasping drive, which takes a wicked deflection off James Justin. Kasper Schmeichel has to change direction quickly to scramble across and make a crucial save at his near post.
19:09a day ago

46’ The second-half is underway

The second-half is underway at Goodison Park. Could be a season-defining half of football for both teams.
19:06a day ago

H/T: Substitutions for Leicester

Double substitution made by Brendan Rodgers at half-time as his side look to get back into the game

James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho replace Harvey Barnes and Dennis Praet. Big half of football ahead for the Foxes, who look to snap their poor run of form.

19:05a day ago

Premier League Update

Arsenal 2-0 Norwich City

Another sides fighting for their Premier League lives are Norwich, who also trail by the same scoreline at half-time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring on 33 minutes, while Granit Xhaka netted his first goal of the season four minutes later. The Gunners are in a good position to pick up an important three points.

19:03a day ago

Premier League Update

Bournemouth 0-2 Newcastle United

Dwight Gayle handed the Magpies an early lead, in the fifth minute, before Sean Longstaff doubled the advantage on the half-hour - Allan Saint-Maximan provided the assist for both goals.

Bournemouth’s relegation worries deepen and Eddie Howe’s side, if they go on to lose this game, will have picked up just one point from their last seven Premier League games.

19:01a day ago

HALF-TIME: Everton 2-0 Leicester City

We’ve reached half-time at Goodison Park and although the visitors finished on the front foot, it’ll be Everton that’ll be the happier of the two teams at the break.

Richarlison fired the Toffees ahead in the 10th minute before Gylfi Sigurdsson slotted home a penalty six minutes later. Carlo Ancelotti’s side deserve their lead, but the next goal is crucial in this game.

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45’ Three minutes of additional time

The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of additional time at the end of the first-half.
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45’ CLOSE!!!

Quick passage of play from the hosts. Lucas Digne fizzes a pass back across the box and it comes quickly at Richarlison, who is unable to direct the ball goalward.
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41’ CLOSE!!

Jamie Vardy has had a first-half so far, but the striker gathers the ball deep and switches the ball out wide to Barnes.

Keane heads the cross on to Albrighton, whose shot is blocked by Digne in the area. Leicester finishing strongly and on the front foot.

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37’ SAVE!!!

Youri Tieleman gathers Marc Albrighton’s corner on the edge of the area, but his shot is blocked brilliantly by Michael Keane.

The rebound falls to Johnny Evans in the area, but Jordan Pickford is quick off his line to make a stunning save to keep Everton’s two-goal lead intact. Hint of offside, but the England number one is on hand.

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34’ CLOSE!!!

Quick break forward from the home side through Calvert-Lewin and Iwobi, whose pass back is cleared behind for a corner.

The resulting set-piece is played to the back post and Michael Keane heads over the bar.

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30’ Half-an-hour played at Goodison Park and the home side have looked comfortable so far. They’ve been lively in the final third and have looked solid at the back. 
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26’ Everton 2-0 Leicester City

The Foxes start on the front foot after that brief interval. Dennis Praet swings a dangerous cross into the box, but Seamus Coleman does really well to get a crucial head to the ball at the back post.
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24’ Drinks break

Play has been stopped by the referee, with the ball out of play, for a drinks break.
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21’ NO PENALTY!!

Calls for another penalty for the home side as Calvert-Lewis breaks into the box and goes side-by-side with Soyuncu, who shrugs the striker away. The referee plays on and gets the decision right.
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16’ GOOOOAAAALLLLLL EVERTON!!!!

Gylfi Sigurdsson steps up and slots the penalty straight down the middle. Kasper Schmeichel dives to his left, but the Iceland international keeps his cool to double Everton’s lead.

It’s taken until July for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to get their first penalty of the season and they’ve taken a two-goal lead at Goodison Park.

18:18a day ago

16’ PENALTY TO EVERTON!!!

The VAR check is complete and a penalty has been awarded to Everton. Lucas Digne’s cross is heading for Michael Keane, but Wilfred Ndidi jumps ahead of the defender and the ball comes off his arm.
18:16a day ago

13’ VAR check for possible penalty

Lucas Digne swings a free-kick into the box, from the left, and  the ball strikes the arm of Wilfred Ndidi. A corner was given by the referee, but VAR is checking the incident for a penalty.
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11’ CLOSE!

Leicester go close to breaking straight back, but Dennis Praet’s shot from the edge of the area takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner.
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10’ GOOOAAAALLLLLL EVERTON!!!!!

Terrific build-up from the home side, who have taken the lead inside 10 minutes.

The first real chance for Everton. Anthony Gordon drives down the left, pulls the ball back across the box and Richarlison rifles home from inside the area.

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2’ CHANCE!!

Really good football from the visitors in the early stages. Youri Tielemans rides a tackle in the edge of the area and slips the ball through to Jamie Vardy, but his first touch gets away from him and Kasper Schmeichel comes out to collect.
18:05a day ago

Kick-off

Every single player and official takes a knee before Leicester City get the game underway at Goodison Park.
18:01a day ago

Here come the teams!

With just three minutes until kick-off, the two sides are making their way out at Goodison Park, from opposite sides of the ground.

Everton coming out through the tunnel, while Leicester are emerging from their portakabin, something which you probably would never have imagined back at the start of the year. The new normal, well, for now at least.

17:57a day ago

Everton warm-up ahead of match at Goodison Park

 

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Soyuncu confident Foxes can get back on track

"We are not that concerned about that at all [dropping out of top four]," Caglar Soyuncu told Sky Sports. "We only played two games, we drew two. Yeah, it would have been better if we'd won them both but we are where we are.

"We are going to do our best to play better and I believe we will do. We are a good enough team, we are motivated and we will be going forwards with these positive ideas."

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17:37a day ago

Ancelotti hoping to challenge for the title in coming seasons

Carlo Ancelotti has lost only three of his 44 Premier League home matches as manager (W34 D7). The Italian boss spoke to Sky Sports and said he is hopeful Everton can be battling at the top of the table in seasons to come.
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Albrighton replaces Pérez for Foxes

Brendan Rodgers has made just the one change to the team that lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Marc Albrighton replaces Ayoze Pérez in the starting line-up.

 

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Leicester City Team News

Starting Line-Up: Schmeichel, Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Praet, Tielemans, Albrighton, Vardy, Barnes.

Subs: Ward, Morgan, Mendy, Fuchs, Choudhury, Gray, Maddison, Perez, Iheanacho.

17:05a day ago

Ancelotti makes two changes for Leicester clash

Carlo Ancelotti has made two changes to the team that beat Norwich City in the league last Wednesday. Anthony Gordon and Gylfi Sigurdsson come in for Tom Davies and Bernard.

 

17:04a day ago

Everton Team News

Starting Line-Up: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Gomes, Gordon, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi.

Subs: Stekelenberg, Virginia, Baines, Mina, Baningime, Branthwaite, Davies, Bernard, Kean.

17:01a day ago

Two hours until kick-off

We’re just two hours away from kick-off here at Goodison Park. Huge three points on offer today for the two teams, who both have European ambitions.

Everton have been rejuvenated under Carlo Ancelotti and are aiming for a place in next season’s Europa League, while Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City have an eye on a place among Europe’s elite, the Champions League.

Stay posted for team news around an hour before kick-off.

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Club will 'react accordingly' if local lockdown affects football, says Rodgers

 

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Rodgers unfazed after COVID-19 spike in Leicester

"It is certainly one of the areas we have been looking at. If you look from last season to this season our objective was to score more goals and that is what we have done," Rodgers said during his press conference.

"I felt that we needed a certain number of goals if we were to challenge for European football and up to now the players have surpassed that.

"The players until this point have been tremendous for me but year on year you want to keep improving and that is something that we can hopefully do in the summer."

Speaking about the local lockdown in the city, the Leicester boss added: "Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far in this situation, but I've always said we will react accordingly."

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Everton boss taken by surprise in press conference

 

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Carlo Ancelotti confident ahead of Leicester meeting

"Our moment is not bad, it is good," Ancelotti said in his press conference. "What I have seen this week in training gives me confidence that we will play a good game tomorrow."

He added: "I have confidence for the future, not for what we did, but for what we can do. We have a young squad with a lot of players that can improve their quality and confidence. This team can improve."

The Italian continued: Difficult team. They (Leicester) are really fast in front. (Jamie) Vardy is a dangerous player. They have good organisation and they are having a fantastic season."

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Form Guides

Everton: L D L D W

Last game: Won 1-0 vs Norwich City (A)

Leicester City: W W D D L

Last Game: Lost 1-0 vs Chelsea (H) - FA Cup

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Leicester City: Team News

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers spoke about the situation with James Maddison and confirmed in his press conference that the attacking midfielder is a doubt for the game at Goodison Park.

Rodgers said that there is no other injury news and he will have a full squad to choose from for the important game against Everton.

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Everton: Team News

Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference that Columbia international Yerry Mina is back from injury and is available for Wednesday's game at home to Leicester.

Djibril Sidibé, who is on loan at Goodison Park from Ligue 1 side Monaco, and Theo Walcott are nearing returns. Ancelotti said that it is "very important" to get the players back in training and have all the squad available.

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Last Premier League meeting

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Foxes battling for Champions League

After their remarkable Premier League success in 2016, Leicester City embarked on their first season in the Champions League in the fall.

The Foxes won four of their six group games and topped Group G, ahead of FC Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge. In the round of 16, Claudio Ranieri's side beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate before bowing out of the competition against Atlético Madrid.

With seven games remaining this season, Brendan Rodgers and the Foxes have their eyes set firmly on a place among Europe's elite, but there's still work to be done with Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester United breathing down their necks.

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Everton searching for European football

With a victory against Leicester, who are chasing Champions League football, Everton can move back into the top half of the table with six games remaining.

As it stands, due to Manchester City's ban in Europe, the team in seventh will enter the Europa League in the qualifying rounds. Carlo Ancelotti's side go into the game off the back of a victory at the weekend.

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Kick-off time

Everton vs Leicester City will be played at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England.

The kick-off time is scheduled at 18:00 BST.

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Hello and welcome!

Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of the 2020 English Premier League match between Everton and Leicester City.

My name is Andrew McDonnell and I'll be your host for the game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.com.

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