Everton and boss Frank Lampard come into the weekend fixture against visiting Leicester City in high spirits as the Toffees sit mid-table - despite mathematically just being three points from safety - while boasting one of the top defensive records in the Premier League.
Lampard recently spoke highly of left-back Vitalii Mykolenko in the run-up to the weekend, with the Ukrainian international adjusting well to life at Goodison Park and, along with Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, has played a key role in Everton’s credible defensive efforts in 2022-23.
A 0-0 draw last time out against Fulham represented a good point on the road against a high-flying Fulham who sits in the top seven, and with visiting Leicester only securing just three points all season away from home (1-0-5), Everton could be in line for three points.
Predicted Everton XI vs Leicester City
Players unavailable for selection & key fitness updates
Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey, Andros Townsend
Frank Lampard has a relatively clean bill of health when all things are considered for the Goodison Park clash, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin back leading the line and his preferred selections across the rest of the matchday XI fit and available.
Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey, and Andros Townsend are all unfit for service, but the club is in good hands with their current options across the entire squad and could be confident of a result here.