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Let’s go into this with absolutely zero expectations, okay?

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Live Blog

Fulltime Thoughts: The gutless way in which Everton threw away this game is what will remain as Marco Silva’s legacy, can’t come from behind and can’t hold a lead.

Fulltime Stats
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90+3’ - Davies and Sigurdsson contrive to lose the ball and Iheanacho scores!! Ref says offside, VAR looking at it.. and VAR overturns it, it’s the winner for the Foxes.

90+2’ - Sidibe is down but Leicester continue to play on with Davies at right back. Eventually it goes out of play and he can get medical attention.

90’ - It’s going to be three minutes added on here at King Power. The Blues are just trying to run out the clock right now. And pass it to Kean if you can.

88’ - Kean very willing to throw his body around and is frustrating the home fans. It’s been ten minutes since he’s come on, and surely everyone can see he needs to be starting.

83’ - That Iheanacho sub has made all the difference for the Foxes, and they continue to be in the ascendancy in these late stages of the game.

78’ - Moise Kean and Morgan Schneiderlin now on, with Iwobi and DCL going off, still a 5-3-2 formation it looks like.
The young Italian almost makes an immediate difference, firing in a shot from distance to surprise Schmeichel, and it hits the outside of the right post.

75’ - Beautiful cross into the box, and Sidibe now loses Vardy, his header skims just over the bar. Blues’ concentration is all shot now.

73’ - Davies’ poor challenge led to the equalizer and now another one almost gets the Foxes another goal. Vardy’s cross into the box is met with a deft touch from Maddison, put Pickford gathers. All Leicester now.

68’ - And there’s the equalizer. It’s been coming for some time of course, Ndidi finds Iheanacho and his ball across the box is met by Vardy who has been quiet until now, and he bangs it in, no chance for Pickford. Holgate completely lost his man Vardy, which was poor.

62’ - Foxes make the first change, with Perez going off for Kelechi Iheanacho.
A Digne freekick comes into the box and Holgate has a whack at it, but it’s blocked. He wins a freekick out on the right now.
Another cross into the box from Iwobi and at least two Everton players get a touch on it before it goes wide.

59’ - Sidibe once again wide open as if the Foxes don’t even have a left back, his cross is blocked this time for a corner. Jostling in the box, Ndidi and Mina get involved and the Colombian defender goes down. Eh, nothing.

54’ - A Davies giveaway in the middle allows Ndidi to run at goal, and his shot is saved well by Pickford, with Sidibe hoofing the rebound out for a corner. The corner from Chilwell is poor and cleared.
Blues surge into a counter, and once again Sidibe free in acres of space.. his cross fizzes into the box, but there’s no one there and DCL is late coming in at the late post.
Sidibe’s crosses are just a delight aren’t they?

50’ - Leicester win a corner that’s cleared by Richarlison, who then holds the ball on a break. He finds Sigurdsson, and his shot is blocked for a corner. DCL’s header from the corner is weak and straight at Kasper Schmeichel.
That results in another corner, but Richarlison heads high from Digne’s ball in.

48’ - Soyuncu with an awful giveaway that Sidibe wins, but he gives it to Dom who runs right into trouble and it’s cleared.

46’ - Everton late coming out of the tunnel from the break.
The Foxes get us started, and they go straight into the attack, but the ball goes out of play. Blues will be hoping for more of the same from the first half.

Halftime Thoughts - With the injury situation and Everton’s current form, this has to have gone exactly like Marco Silva could have hoped for.

Halftime Stats
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45+2’ - Sigurdsson concedes a freekick and gets a yellow card. Ball goes into the box, and then out for a corner. We’re over the 47 min mark but still we play on. Corner is cleared and there is halftime, whew.

45’ - DCL runs free wide right and cuts into the box, his cross/shot is blocked though. We’ll have two minutes added on.

42’ - Everton are doing well clogging up the middle for Leicester, who are still trying to play their intricate short passes and making runs into the half-spaces. The Toffees discipline is mostly getting the job done.

39’ - Blues struggling to clear their box as the Foxes are being picked up by their home fans, Mina whacks it clear.

37’ - First corner of the game, to Everton. Digne takes from the right.. goes back to Digne who is offside.

33’ - Holgate compounds one mistake with another and the Foxes have a VAR review for a penalty. Rash kick from the youngster, and Ben Chilwell goes flying despite not being touched. The ref has no doubt about it though, points to the spot, and VAR judges.. NO PENALTY!!
Have to wonder if that is the Premier League going.. “Surely we should not screw Everton over yet again”.

25’ - Leicester try to hit back with Perez going down again in the box while Sidibe wins the ball, no penalty again. Pickford is over and yelling at the player to get up.

24’ - Iwobi finds Sidibe steaming down the right, his beautiful cross is met at the penalty spot by Richarlison and the Brazilian’s header puts the Blues ahead! DCL deserved an assist for that, going to goal and pulling his man away to make room for Richy.

20’ - Foxes fans howling for a penalty after Perez runs into Keane, Everton lucky that didn’t go against them.
Alex Iwobi gives away a freekick, the ball bounces in the box and bounces off Gylfi Sigurdsson’s face, and again the fans want a penalty. Nothing doing.

18’ - Tom Davies getting a talking-to as he goes flying into Ricardo. The Foxes fullback has had the better of Richarlison and Digne so far.

14’ - Perez cuts inside Keane who is playing as left centrehalf - the defender turns slower than a disabled barge, and the Leicester player can shoot but it’s narrowly wide.

13’ - The Corals have held the ball for a bit now, and are passing it around. Not with any incision mind you, just passing it around.

8’ - Lucas Digne presses high with the ball, and his cross finds Djibril Sidibe just outside the box, the on-loan player fires a snapshot that is always rising and just clears the bar.

6’ - Everton failed to get the ball out of their half for a full three minutes. The 3-4-3 the players are lined up is built for the counter attack, because they’re certainly not holding the ball.

2’ - Leicester have an early freekick down Everton’s left. Curled in by James Maddison, but cleared.

Lineups: The Blues will be wearing their coral kits today and Marco Silva has gone with the 3-5-2 formation, oh boy.

Preview

Where do we even start. Everton hit the newest low of what has been a miserable season so far last weekend and now we get into the really difficult part of the schedule and the genuine fear that the current ignominy could get even worse.

The Toffees appear ready to move into the third stage of the Kubler-Ross grief model, having already gone through denial and anger, with bargaining now quickly approaching with a game at second-placed Leicester City, followed by a Merseyside Derby against runaway leaders Liverpool, then fourth-placed Chelsea along with Manchester United and Arsenal still to come too.

Two teams who have had slightly better openings to the season and one that has been worse have already sacked their managers, yet Everton are continuing to persevere with Marco Silva. When and how will this end?

The Foxes are flying high under Brendan Rodgers, and while critics might say that their bubble is due to burst with how they’ve been overperforming their expected goals scored and conceded, if any team knows how to capture lightning in a bottle then it’s Leicester so there’s that.

Match Details

Competition: Premier League Matchday 14

Date and start time: Sunday, November 30th at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m ET / 4:30 p.m. BST

Stadium: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 32,312

Weather: 40°F/4°C, partly cloudy, 7% chance of precipitation, 9 mph winds

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Last Meeting

Games between the two sides, especially the last two seasons have been close-run affairs. The Blues picked up a 2-1 win away at Leicester last season, but then proceeded to lose at home on New Year’s Day 1-0 in a game where both teams, the referee and the fans all competed with how out of it they could be. The season before Theo Walcott’s brace sealed a win at Goodison Park, but lost the corresponding fixture at the King Power.

Back in October last season, Richarlison put the Blues ahead early before Ricardo Perreira pulled one back before the break. Foxes captain Wes Morgan capped off a horrendous showing by getting himself sent off around the hour mark, and Gylfi Sigurdsson got the Blues all three points with a stunning shot from just inside the box.