Leicester travel to Goodison Park on Sunday, as they look to continue their quest for Premier League survival in front of the Sky camera’s as they take on Everton, who themselves seem to have picked up some form after a disappointing season.
Leicester know that they need to pick up some points and fast and yet manager Nigel Pearson continues to tinker with the side, with the team seemingly unable to gain any consistency, with changes of formation and personnel a regular occurrence.
The exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Aston Villa last weekend was a setback as they disappointingly lacked any kind of cutting edge with the approach of a lone striker continuing to frustrate an increasing number of Foxes fans.
They welcome back Robert Huth, who will likely slot straight back in amongst the trio of centre backs, more than likely alongside Matt Upson and skipper Wes Morgan. The return of Huth will please the Foxes faithful, as his composure at the back, coincided with Leicester’s most promising performance of recent times, albeit in a losing cause at Arsenal.
The bewildering decision to play a lone striker upfront is one of the reasons why manager Nigel Pearson is coming under fire from fans, with the supporters fully aware they are going to have to beat teams if they want to stay up, which in turn will mean scoring goals.
Top scorer Leo Ulloa has found himself on the bench in recent games with record signing Andrej Krameric preferred. There is certainly increasing pressure from fans for both players to start, but Nigel Pearson is well known for his stubbornness and could easily continue his lone striker tactics.
Marc Albrighton continues to find his place on the bench but the hope is that Pearson will put the former Villa winger in from the off this weekend, hopefully on the opposite wing to Algerian mainstay providing some crosses for top scorer Ulloa, whose heading ability has been one of the high points of a disappointing season.
Matty James continues to impress in the middle and looks to be one of the first names on the teamsheet, where in recent times he has played alongside Esteban Cambiasso. If the Argentine legend is Pearson’s preferred choice, the under pressure Leicester boss needs to stick to a formula, which will allow the team to form some kind of consistency which has been non-existent all season.
Mark Schwarzer will look to bounce back after his mistake for Villa’s second goal last weekend and he knows with Kasper Schmeichel looking to step up his return from a broken leg, he will need a performance or two over the next few games if he is to keep the Danish international on the bench.
Everton must do without the services of Gareth Barry who is serving out a suspension for a red card picked up at Chelsea. The Toffee’s should be buoyed by their excellent Europa League win at Young Boys in Switzerland which included a hat-trick for big Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who is still yet to realise his full potential.
Leighton Baines looks set to return from injury and Aaron Lennon will go straight back into contention after being ineligible during the midweek Europa League win. Despite picking up a point less than Leicester after the last couple of months, Roberto Martinez’s side do look like they are starting to find their form.
Prediction – Always a tough place for Leicester to go and coming away with a point in a 2-2 draw with Ulloa bagging a brace. There is no doubt the Foxes can sneak a win though too and if they get an early goal the Goodison faithful will quickly get on the players back after a less than stellar season