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Dec 18, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at Goodison Park
Attendance: 39,027
LeicesterLeicester City
Davies (70'), Baines (91')
Maddison (26'), Evans (29')
Leicester win 4-2 on penalties

Preview: Everton vs. Leicester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday's EFL Cup tie between Everton and Leicester City.

Everton play host to Leicester City in the EFL Cup quarter-finals with caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson having recorded four points from two games in temporary charge.

While the Foxes make the trip to Goodison Park sitting in second place in the Premier League table, Brendan Rodgers must consider whether to make changes to his starting lineup.

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers pictured on December 8, 2019© Reuters

While Rodgers would have been naturally disappointed with his side's 1-1 draw against Norwich City at the weekend, the Leicester boss will put the result into context with regards to the rest of the campaign.

The Foxes remain in second position in the Premier League, four points above third-placed Manchester City, and with the opportunity to move a step closer to winning a trophy during the early months of 2020.

The East Midlands outfit have had to contend with three successive away ties in this competition, a run which began with a penalty-shootout triumph over Newcastle United in August.

Successes have followed at Luton Town and Burton Albion respectively - games which have seen Kelechi Iheanacho get on the scoresheet in the absence of Jamie Vardy.

With the latter likely to feature on the substitutes' bench on Wednesday night, Iheanacho will see this as an opportunity to stake a claim for a starting role against his former club Man City at the weekend.

Everton and Ferguson will also view this tie as a good chance to progress closer to an appearance at Wembley Stadium, although the Scot has plenty of selection concerns heading into this match.

Given the current injury issues in midfield, Ferguson must decide whether to take risks on the likes of Tom Davies, while the spotlight is also on whether Moise Kean will play any part in the match.

Despite his second-half introduction against Manchester United on Sunday, the Italian was later substituted by Ferguson, and it remains to be seen whether the youngster has any future at Goodison Park.

Everton have reached the last eight with wins over Lincoln City, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford respectively.

Everton EFL Cup form: WWW
Everton form (all competitions): WLLLWD

Leicester City EFL Cup form competition form: DWW
Leicester City form (all competitions): WWWWWD

Team News

Leicester City attacker Demarai Gray in action against Tottenham Hotspur on February 10, 2019© Reuters

While Rodgers has not got into the habit of making sweeping changes in this competition, the Northern Irishman must take Saturday evening's meeting with City at the Etihad Stadium into consideration.

Many of his senior players could drop down to the substitutes' bench, giving the likes of Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Hamza Choudhury and Demarai Gray rare outings in the first XI.

Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes will also expect to start after only featuring among the replacements at the weekend.

As for Everton, Ferguson will hope to have Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson back in contention after a thigh injury and illness respectively.

Djibril Sidibe could replace Seamus Coleman at right-back, while Leighton Baines is in line to start ahead of Lucas Digne on the opposite side of the backline.

Cenk Tosun is expected to get the nod in attack, with either Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin dropping down to the bench.

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Mina, Baines; Holgate, Delph; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Tosun

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Ward; Justin, Morgan, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Choudhury, Praet; Gray, Perez, Barnes; Iheanacho

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We say: Everton 1-2 Leicester City

While Toffees fans will want to go further in this competition, Leicester may be better equipped to deal with the extra fixture in a hectic schedule. With changes aplenty expected, we feel that the Foxes will grind out a win on Merseyside.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
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· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
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· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
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· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
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