Everton vs Leicester City: Team news and predicted line-ups
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Everton can secure the league double over Leicester City for the first time since 1986 as they aim keep themselves in the mix for a Champions League finish.

  • Team News:

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed both Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are back available.

Fabian Delph and Allan miss out with hamstring injuries. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Niels Nkounkou are also unavailable.

Everton will be without Abdoulaye Doucoure (suspended) who accumulated his fifth yellow card of the season against Wolves.

The visitors miss Jamie Vardy who underwent a minor hernia operation last weekend. Brendan Rodgers confirmed the striker is 'sore as expected' but should be back in training by next week.

The only other absentees for the Foxes see Dennis Praet and Wes Morgan out with hamstring injuries. 

  • Predicted line-ups:           

Jordan Pickford (GK)

Despite not starting against Sheffield Wednesday, with Swedish international Robin Olsen favoured in the cup, Pickford is set to return between the sticks.

Ben Godfrey (CB)

Godfrey has become one of Everton’s most important players since his summer arrival from Norwich City. Having covered at fullback numerous times, most recently at left back against Wednesday, he may find himself on the left of a back three tonight.

Yerry Mina (CB)

The Columbian has started the last seven Premier League games and will aim to maximise his aerial threat once again to the Toffee’s advantage. The centre back was on the scoresheet last time out and has two league goals to his name- all scored at Goodison Park.

Michael Keane (CB)

Despite defensive rotation, Keane has held his starting place with only Doucoure playing more Premier League minutes this season for Everton. The Englishman has seen plenty of enjoyment in front of goal, scoring four all in competitions including the winner against Wolves.

Lucas Digne (LWB)

After missing the whole of December with an ankle ligament injury sustained in training, the Frenchman marked his return to Premier League action with an assist at Molineux- his fifth of the season. With the possibility of Ancelotti favouring three centre back’s, Digne may be given license to play further forward as a wing back.

Alex Iwobi (RWB)

Iwobi was rested ahead of Leicester’s visit and with injuries a constant occurrence for the Toffee’s this season, playing wingback isn't unusual to the former Gunner. The Nigerian scored his first league goal of the season two weeks ago and will be aiming to contribute further against the Foxes.  

Tom Davies (CM)

With Allan and Doucoure both missing, Davies looks likely to start his fourth league game in a row. Two of the midfielder’s six Everton goals have come against City.

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Andre Gomes (CM)

The Portuguese international will be hoping his recent impressive form will reward a first league start since November. The midfielder came off the bench to set up Keane’s winner against Wolves and followed up with an assist in Everton's win over Sheffield Wednesday. 

James Rodriguez (RW)

Since signing from Real Madrid, Rodriguez has established himself as a key player. The Columbian has recorded 10 goal contributions in 15 games, including two from in-swinging corners at Goodison Park last time out.

Richarlison (LW)

In terms of league goals scored this season, Richarlison only has two- one of those the opener in the reverse fixture. The Brazilian has converted in four of his five appearances against the Foxes for Everton and will be high in confidence after his goal on Sunday. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST)

It has already been a season to remember for the striker who has scored 15 goals in 20 appearances- 11 in the league. The England international returned from injury with a goal against Wednesday and will be hoping to end a five game league goal drought tonight.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Perez.

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