Leicester City v Everton

6 May

Jamie Vardy


Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy is available after a two-match ban for the newly-crowned Premier League champions

TEAM NEWS

Leicester pair Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater are suspended for the title party against Everton.

Jamie Vardy is available after completing a ban, while Matty James could feature after a year out with a knee injury.

Everton’s Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman are unlikely to return from respective groin and hamstring injuries until next weekend.

Ramiro Funes Mori is serving a ban and Gerard Deulofeu has a knee injury.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: “With opportunistic (unscrupulous?) agencies advertising tickets from £1,500 to almost £8,000 there might be some wealthy gatecrashers at the country’s biggest party this weekend.

“You can get one for just under £500 for the away section apparently, but I wouldn’t expect any ticketless Evertonians to be tempted by that – even to hear Andrea Bocelli sing.

“Their focus is firmly on next season, and for a sizeable number, their next manager.

“It’s always awkward as the away team at an occasion like this….actually scrub that, there’s NEVER been an occasion like this!

“When Bocelli changes the words of ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ to ‘Time to Win Again’ there won’t be any dry eyes in the house. Mine included.

“Oh yes, and there’s a game on after that.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri: “To win the title in the Premier League is something special – and more special in Leicester, more with these fantastic lads. Unbelievable.

“I enjoyed all the season because from the beginning I felt something special but I could never imagine this, never.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “What Leicester have achieved is a great inspiration for any team sport and for any group in order to dream high and have huge expectations but I think we need to be realistic that this is not the norm.

“It’s something we haven’t seen in the modern game and I don’t think that’s going to be repeated easily.

“Clearly they’re going to be playing with swagger. We’ll congratulate them and from that point on we’ll focus on trying to perform against them.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

The Leicester players will have been on another planet this week after winning the title, and quite rightly so.

Everton don’t need the points so there is no pressure on them either – it will be a day of celebration and if Leicester lose, so what?

Prediction: 1-1

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Figures behind Leicester's season<!–

Leicester have made the most tackles and interceptions, average fewer passes per shot than any other Premier League team and have converted the highest percentage of chances into goals

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • This is the 100th league meeting between the clubs. Everton lead by 36 wins to Leicester’s 31, with 32 draws.
  • Thirteen of the 19 Premier League encounters have been drawn, including the last five at Leicester.
  • The Foxes could beat Everton home and away in the same season for the first time since 1985-86.

Leicester City

  • Leicester are the first club to win a maiden top-flight title in England since Nottingham Forest in 1978.
  • Last season they finished 46 points adrift of champions Chelsea.
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in 10 league matches (W7, D3).
  • Claudio Ranieri’s side have the best home record in the division, amassing 39 points and going 14 games without defeat since their only loss at the King Power Stadium – against Arsenal in September.
  • Their average possession of 42.34% is the third lowest tally in the Premier League this season, while their 70% passing accuracy is the worst in the division.

Everton

  • Everton earned a first win in eight league games at the expense of Bournemouth last week.
  • They have earned more points away (24) than at home (20) this season.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last seven league and cup games.

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