Everton and Leicester City are set to battle it out for a place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals as they meet at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.
The Toffees have already announced that caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson will be in charge of the clash. The Scotsman has already had an extremely positive impact since the departure of Marco Silva, leading the side to an impressive win against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, as well as a hard-fought draw against Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Leicester’s nine-match winning run in all competitions came to an end last time out as they were held by struggling Norwich City at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes are the favourites this time out to notch another win within 90 minutes at a price of 13/10 with Betfair, with a draw at 13/5. Meanwhile, the hosts are available at 2/1.
Whilst Brendan Rodgers’ men are slightly more fancied to earn victory, the Foxes have failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the League Cup in each of the last two seasons. As a matter of fact, they have not reached a semi-final of any competition since actually winning the League Cup in 2000. This then could give the Toffees some reason for optimism, and they are at 1/1 to qualify for the semi-finals, whilst the Foxes are at 8/11 with William Hill.
One man that the Toffees will certainly have to keep an eye on is Foxes frontman Jamie Vardy. The Englishman had scored in his last nine games prior to the draw against Norwich. He has also found the net six times in his last seven matches against the Toffees and is available at a price of 7/2 with Paddy Power to open the scoring at Goodison Park. Meanwhile, Brazilian forward Richarlison has found some great form in recent weeks having netted in four out of his previous six Premier League games. He is available at 6/1 to score the first goal in Wednesday’s clash.
Ferguson could be boosted by the return of midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who has been struggling with a thigh injury since October. Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fabian Delph and Djibril Sidibe are all doubts for the match but could return in time.
In slightly worse news however, Theo Walcott, Morgan Schneiderlin, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Cuco Martina all set to be ruled out until at least the New Year.
Leicester meanwhile have no new injury problems, with only midfielder Matty James the only doubt.