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Leicester vs Everton – Premier League Match Preview

The second of our two Premier League matches on offer today takes us to the King Power Stadium as two teams that have been involved in the sack race go head to head. It’s been one in and one out this week as Claude Puel takes charge of the Foxes for the first time and David Unsworth steps into the Everton hotseat on a caretaker basis.

For Leicester fans there was something resembling disappointment when the former Southampton boss Puel was named as manager at the start of the week, after being linked with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti there would have been something of a come down but at the same time you could argue that perhaps expectations were set too high.

So this is the hand that they have been dealt and it will be interesting to see what Claude Puel can do with this group of players, the decision he has to make is whether or not he looks to but his own stamp on proceedings or continue with the style that previous incumbents Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare had employed.

The same could be said for David Unsworth who takes charge of Everton today and has made no secret of his desires to take the job on full time, but the question here is a lot simpler to answer as the Merseysiders cannot get much worse than what have shown over the past few weeks.

After spending £150m or so in the Summer the expectations were always going to be raised around the club and if anything spending all that money became something of a poisoned chalice for Ronald Koeman, the race for 7th place should have been a one horse race and Everton ended up being non starters.

The 5-2 defeat that Everton fans would have to witness last Sunday meant the writing was on the wall for Koeman and with the Toffees stuck in the bottom three it was inevitable that the spending spree had become something of a waste of time and money with the former Dutch international being shown the exit door.

A win for Everton would take them out of the bottom three and above Leicester who managed to pick up a win on the road last weekend at Swansea. There was something of a neat symmetry to that game as that was the last fixture in which Claudio Ranieri took charge of the club before being given his marching orders.

That win for Leicster under the stewardship of Michael Appleton got themselves out of the bottom three and they will now look to build on that result as a platform to put further distance between them and the drop zone, a win today could see them move up to as high as 10th if the other result earlier in the day goes their way.

It is a must win game for both clubs and for both men in charge, Claude Puel obviously wants to get off to the perfect start and prove to any doubters that he is the right man for the job while David Unsworth will want to increase his chances of being given the job full time.

The belief is that Unsworth will get this game and next week’s fixture against at home to Watford to show what he can do and convince the Everton hierarchy that he is the right man for the job in the long term, if that is to be the case then it is going to require six points from six.

To be honest though I cannot see Everton getting the required win for them and Unsworth this afternoon, there new manager bounce for use of a better term will be nullified by that of Leicester’s and I think the points will go with the home side. A Foxes win for me.

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