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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Vardy can continue rich scoring form at Everton

Leicester striker at the heart of Foxes' recovery

Jamie Vardy has been in great form
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Victories for Manchester City and Liverpool mean Everton have their work cut out if they are to keep up with the pace in the race for a top-four spot, but if they fail it will not be down to their home form.

Ronald Koeman's side have been perfect at Goodison Park since a Merseyside derby defeat on December 19 and have scored a whopping 22 goals in those six victories.

Romelu Lukaku was unable to make much of an impression in last week's defeat to Liverpool, but he has scored ten goals in his last six matches in front of his home fans, who will have been alarmed about talk concerning his future. 

Toffees boss Koeman will be equally delighted that his team have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six home outings but their defence could be in for a tough test against champions Leicester.

Ashley Williams has proved an excellent signing from Swansea, but his red card in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United leaves a big hole in the heart of the back four and the Foxes should be able to exploit it.

City have been rejuvenated since Craig Shakespeare took over from last season's hero Claudio Ranieri, winning their last five Premier League matches and booking a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

They still have to prove themselves on the road as four of those victories have come at the King Power Stadium - the exception was a 3-2 success at West Ham when the Hammers created so many chances that they were entitled to at least a share of the spoils.

Leicester's resurgence has coincided with striker Jamie Vardy rediscovering the sort of form that made him such an integral part of last season's title success.

The England forward should relish the opportunity of playing against the inexperienced Matthew Pennington, who is likely to come in to replace Williams, and Phil Jagielka, who is in the autumn of his football career.

Shakespeare has hinted that there may be a few changes to his team - they have coped so far with the absence of inspirational captain Wes Morgan - in order to contain any signs of fatigue, but they should still be confident of continuing their rise up the table.

A 2-1 FA Cup victory at Goodison should provide more cause for optimism and Vardy should be champing at the bit to play against a makeshift Toffees backline.

The 11-4 that he finds the net again is definitely worth an interest.

J Vardy to score at any time
1pt 11-4 Betway

Team news

Ashley Williams is suspended after being sent off in Tuesday's draw at Manchester United. Morgan Schneiderlin could be back after a calf problem but James McCarthy and Aaron Lennon are still sidelined.

Captain Wes Morgan and midfielder Papy Mendy are unavailable.

Key stat
Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last five Premier League matches.

Ashley Williams has proved an excellent signing from Swansea, but his red card in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United leaves a big hole
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