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R. Barkley
Assist
K. Mirallas
Goal
L. Ulloa
J. Vardy
R. De Laet
R. Mahrez
M. Wasilewski
Yellow Card
A. Lennon
Deulofeu
K. Mirallas
A. Koné
N. Dyer
M. Albrighton
J. Vardy
Assist
S. Okazaki
Goal
R. Mahrez
Penalty Goal
Ramiro Funes Mori
Yellow Card
R. Lukaku
Goal
R. Mahrez
Penalty Goal
2
2
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
5
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 5
Total Passes 538 272

Commentary

Well, that's all for this afternoon from Goodison Park, where Leicester have claimed top-spot heading into the festive period with a 3-2 victory over Everton. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
As for Everton, that loss may now present an end to their hopes of a top-four finish this campaign. They dominated possession and efforts on goal, and despiute Lukaku's seventh strike in as many league games - and a first Premier League goal of the season for substitute Kevin Mirallas - Roberto Martinez' side were just not able to match Leicester this afternoon, and will now be looking over their shoulder at the bottom-half of the table.
That win means that, whatever happens between Arsenal and Manchester City on Monday evening, Leicester will be top at Christmas. It was a first-class display from Claudio Ranieri's side, with two penalties from Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki's winner claiming the points.
FULL-TIME! Everton mount a final charge, but it is to no avail, as referee Moss calls time on what has been a gripping contest at Goodison, where Liecester have claimed their first victory in over 30 years!
SAVE! Ulloa latches onto Okazaki's lofted pass and shirks off Stones. He cuts inside and drives a low strike at goal, but Howard keeps it out with a flailing leg.
Free-kick now to Everton, as Mirallas is fouled by Wasilewski on the edge of Leicester's area... Baines goes short to Barkley, whose shot is deflected and greatfully gathered-in by Schmeichel.
Four minutes added time at Goodison! Can Everton salvage a point, or will Leicester hold on to claim the spoils...
R. Barkley
Assist
Everton
It was a fantastic, improvised assist from Barkley, who back-heeled it into the path of Mirallas. 
K. Mirallas
Goal
Everton
GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! MIRALLLAS GETS EVERTON BACK IN IT! Lukaku sees a goal-bound shot blocked. The rebound falls out to Barkley, who tees up Mirallas with an excellent touch, and the winger fires in the hosts' second with a venomus drive to the near post.
L. Ulloa
J. Vardy
Leicester City
Another change now for Leicester, as Vardy - cluthcing his left hamstring - makes way for Leonardo Ulloa. It has been another top-class display from the England forward, who will have impressed his wathcing national team manager Roy Hodgson with that performance.
More penalty appeals from Leicester as Okazaki goes down under pressure from Stones, but Moss waves the claims away. Everton counter through Coleman, who delivers a cross into the near post, but Wasilewski gets in ahead of Lukaku.
R. De Laet
R. Mahrez
Leicester City
Mahrez' chance to net a second-consecutive hat-trick on the road as he makes way for Richie De Laet. The Algeria winger has now scored six goals in his last three games. 
M. Wasilewski
Yellow Card
Leicester City
A booking now for Wasilewski as he tugs down Barkley. Lukaku steps up to take the resulting free-kick... but it sails well over the bar. Everton looking slightly devoid of ideas, now.
Mirallas whips in a corner from the right, which just evades the head of Funes-Mori at the near post. Simpson launches a long diagonal forward that Kante - who has once again being first-class at the heart of Leicester's midfield - but the Frenchman is unable to keep it in play.
Everton work it down the right to Lennon, who weaves his way towards Fuchs, but the full-back, who has had an excellent game, wins out. It has been another superb team display from Ranieri's side, who are now just 10 minutes away from a fourth-succesive league win on the road.
Barkley surges forward through midfield, shirking off Kante before shooting from range. The stirke deflects up off Morgan, and away for a corner... But Baines' delivery is a poor one.
A. Lennon
Deulofeu
Everton
And there is another substitution for Everton, as Aaron Lennon comes on for Deulofeu, who like Kone, has struggled to find his best form this afternoon.
K. Mirallas
A. Koné
Everton
A change for Everton now, as Kevin Mirallas replaces Kone, who has been quiet today. Can the Belgian inspire a comeback for the hosts?
N. Dyer
M. Albrighton
Leicester City
The first change of the game, now, as Albrighton is replaced by Nathan Dyer for Leicester.
J. Vardy
Assist
Leicester City
It was a perfectky weighted pass from Vardy, who, despite not scoring so far this afternoon, has been at the heart of Leicester's second and third goals, and continues to show his competency as an all-round player at the highest level.
S. Okazaki
Goal
Leicester City
GOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!! Okazaki makes it 3-1! Coleman attempts to play it out from the back, but his pass is blocked by Albrighton, who did appear to use his hands to parry it into the path of Vardy. The referee does not award a free-kick, however, and Vardy tees up Okazaki, who calmly slots home past Howard.
Everton have responded well to going behind, just as they did in the first half, but they can find no way through Leicester's staunch defence. If the visitors can hang onto this, it will be a seventh win from eight league games.
R. Mahrez
Penalty Goal
Leicester City
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!!! Mahrez, once again, makes no mistake as he puts Leicester back in the lead from the spot. His penalty is another composed one as he sends Howard the wrong way. Everton 1-2 Leicester!
PENALTY TO LEICESTER!!! Mahrez slides a beutiful pass through to Vardy, who rounds Howard before being brought down by the American goalkeeper, who receives a yellow card.
Ramiro Funes Mori
Yellow Card
Everton
GREAT INTERCEPTION! The hosts apply pressure with a series of crosses, but Leicester stand firm. Fuchs gets it clear and plays a one-two with Vardy, who is fouled by Funes-Mori - the Argentine duly receiveing a booking for his troubles. Fuchs continues his charge and plays a low cross into Okazaki, but Baines recovers with a perfect tackle to prevent the Japan forward getting his shot away.
CLOSE! Kante gets in a stong challenge on Cleverley and Leicester are away. Vardy drives forward, with Stones reluctant to dive in with a challenge. The England forward continues his run to the edge of Everton's area before attempting to curl a strike into the far corner, but it whistles a foot wide of the right-hand upright.
Coleman and Barry combine excellently to play their way out of trouble down the right. Barkley sets it back to Stones, who drills another superb pass to Deulofeu, who again is well-marshalled by Fuchs.
Stones feeds Deulofeu with a fantastic, searching pass from deep. The former Barcelona man takes it down in his stride and immediately looks to beat Fuchs, who deflects the eventual cross out for a corner. Baines delivers it deep to the head of Stones, whose header appears to strike the arm of Fuchs, but no penalty is awarded.
Top-class work from Coleman, who shows his worth at the other end by marshalling the ball away from Albrighton. Leicester win the throw-in, however, and play it swiftly to King. The Wales midfielder drives inside and goes for goal with a low shot from distance, but it does not trouble Howard.
SAVE! Fantastic play from Everton, as Stones wins the ball from Okazaki. Deulofeu links up with Barkley, the latter surging forward before laying it off to Coleman, who had made a lung-bursting run down the right. The Republic of Ireland full-back delivers a first time cross which was aimed for Lukaku but veers towards goal, and only a reaction stop from Schmeichel prevents it from nestling in the top-corner.
Everton work it patiently from side to side before Deulofeu tries an early cross towards Lukaku, but the move is brought back for offside. Cleverely wins it back in midfield and fires an immediate pass out to the aforementioned Spaniard, but his touch is heavy and Leciester win the throw-in.
KICK-OFF! Everton get the game back under way at Goodison, with the scores level at 1-1. A slow start to the beginning of the second period cost them the points against Norwich City last time out, and they must look to get right back on the front foot from the off, now.
On the balance of play, neither manager should feel too aggreived by the scorline at the interval. Everton have had more possession and chances in the final third, but Leicester - as they have done all season - have looked excellent on the counter attack. It certainly sets up a fascinating second half, that's for sure!
Everton started brightly, but were hit with a sucker-punch when Leicester won a penalty on their first attack of note. Mahrez stepped up to convert the spot-kick, but his parity with Lukaku in second-place in the Premier League scoring charts did not last for long, as the in-fomr 22-year-old proded Martinez' side level just four minutes later following a terrific block off the line by King in the build-up.
HALF-TIME! Boos ring around Goodison, though they are directed mainly at Jonathan Moss for his decision to bring back play for Mahrez' injury. It has been a highly entertaining and frantic Premier League encounter so far, with the scores level at 1-1.
Jeers from the home crowd now as Mahrez stays on the ground following an inconspicuous clash with Barry. The referee had initially allowed play to go on, but brought it back when the Leicester winger remained down, though it does appear he is not seriously injured.
We're into the last few moments of normal time in this first half, as Kone again drives into the Leicester area. The Ivory Coast forward coulg go for goal, but instead elects to tee up the onrushing Lukaku, but the lay-off is overhit and another chance goes amiss.
CLOSE! Albrighton curls in a wonderful corner from the left. Wasilewski looks set to get a header on it, but the ball is deflected away by Stones. Leicester appeal, rightly so, for a second set-piece in quick succession, but referee Moss awards the goal-kick to Everton.
The conditions almost cause a problem for Wasilewski, who has Lukaku barring down behind him, but Schmeichel reacts sharply to cover his defender. Leicester launch a swift counter, which leads to Simpson drifting a cross in from the right. Vardy lies in wait at the back post, but the ball just evades his reach.
It really is franetic stuff at Goodison, with Leicester struggling to make any in-roads out of their own half. Barkley lofts an up-and-under pass to Lukaku, but his pass to Kone does not find its target.
CLOSE! Lukaku should have done better, there. Baines puts the corner right onto the head of the Belgium forward, but his header is way over the crossbar.
Everton are really upping the tempo now, as Baines delivers another superb delivery from the left flank. Kone is again on the end of it, but he is unable to nod it into the path of a teammate. The hosts regain possession though and the Ivorian soon has it back in Leicester's area - his cross being deflected away for a corner.
That is seven goals in seven Premier League games for Lukaku, who is gradually creeping up on the 11-match record set by Vardy earlier this campaign. It is his eighth goal in eight games in all competitions, and he has become the first Everton player to attain that feat since Dave Hickson in the 1950s.
R. Lukaku
Goal
Everton
GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLL!!! EVERTON ARE LEVEL! Deulofeu is again the instigator as he curls in another cross which Kone flicks on. Cleverley tees up Barkley, who sees a strike saved by Schmeichel and then a second effort cleared off the line by King. The rebound falls to the feet of Lukaku, who blasts a wonderful first-time finish high into the top-left corner. What a goal and what a game!
CHANCE! Everton get straight back on the attack, as Deulofeu whips in a delightful cross to the unmarked Lukaku, who meets it on the volley but cannot direct his effort on target.
R. Mahrez
Penalty Goal
Leicester City
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Mahrez makes no mistake from the spot, calmly converting his 12th Premier League goal of the season with a precise penalty into the bottom-left corner.
PENALTY TO LECIESTER! Okazaki does well to drive into the area under pressure from Funes-Mori, taking a tumble as he enters the area, and the referee wastes no time in pointing to the spot.
CHANCE! What a miss from Barkley! Barry plays a brilliant pass which sets Lukaku free down the right. Everton's top-scorer delivers an inch-perfect cross with the outside of his boot into the path of the aforementioned Barkley, but he is unable to connect cleanly with his volley.
Vardy dives in on Coleman deep in Everton's half, and the Leicester forward, who is one yellow card away from a one-match suspension, is perhaps lucky to escape with just a cautionary word.
Referee Moss awards Leicester with a free-kick half-way through Everton's territory, but the cross is over-hit and trickles out for a free-kick. The visitors regain possession and launch another counter-attack, lead through Vardy, but Deulofeu repeats the earlier feat of Albrighton and prevents the strike with a wonderful challenge. Kone has a chance on the edge of the box at the other end, but he hesitates to shoot and the opportunity goes array.
Barry plays a precise first-time pass into the path of Lukaku. The Belgian forward lays it off to Cleverley, who tees up Deulofeu in turn. The winger takes a touch to set himself up for a strike, but Albrighton gets back to block the effort with a brilliant tackle. 
It has been a positive start from Everton, who are facing a team that are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League away games, winning seven in that run. It is Leicester's best ever run in the top flight and is just two short of their overall league record of 13 away games without defeat set in April 2014.
Fuchs goes to ground and stays down, clutching his ankle. Everton play on, rightly so, with Coleman dinking a cross into the penalty area. Kone challenges with Morgan, but the Leicester defender wins the tussle and the visitors get it away, allowing their full-back to receive some treatment.
The rain is teeming down on Merseyside, and both sides are struggling to keep the ball in control so far. Vardy takes advantage of Kone's mistake and drives forward on the counter, jinking his way past Barry, but he over-hits his cross towards Okazaki and the chance is gone.
The visitors win a corner on the right, which Fuchs curls into a dangerous area. Everton fail to clear their lines, and Leicester eventually work it back out wide to Albrighton. He drills in a low pass towards Okazaki, but the Japan forward is unable to direct his toe-poked effort on target.
Despite his reputation as 'the tinkerman', Ranieri has been relatively consistent with his team-selection this term. However, he is now shorn of several key first-team players, and the festive period - in which they also face Liverpool and Manchester City - will present a real challenge to the depth of Leicester's squad.
Baines delivers a superb cross from the resulting corner, which Morgan heads clear, but only out for another set-piece. Everton's full-back elects to go short this time, however, but Martinez' men are unable to make anything of it.
CHANCE! Great defending from Wasilewski, who has replaced the suspended Robert Huth in the Leicester starting XI. The veteran centre-back does brilliantly to prevent Deulofeu's low cross finding Kone, who would have been able to tap home into an empty net.
Promising play from the hosts, who are knocking it about nicely at the moment. Barkley loses possession momentarily, but the England midfielder recovers with a wonderfully-timed sliding challenge to get Everton back on the offensive.
High pressure from the off by Leicester, as Okazaki clatters into Cleverley. Everton, who are six points off fourth-place heading into this game, go short from the resulting free-kick, as they look to cement some authority on the early stages. Barkley eventually spreads it out wide to Deulofeu, but his cross is cleared.
KICK-OFF! Leicester, attacking from left to right in this first half and donning a black away strip, get proceedings under-way following the whistle of referee Jonathan Moss.
The teams are out on the pitch now, in front of what is a full house at Goodison. While Vardy's record-breaking form has been the talk of the season so far, the Everton faithful will be quick to remind you that Lukaku has now netted seven goals in his last seven games in all competitions.
There promises to be some highly entertaining match-ups today, with both of these sides renowned for their offensive play rather than their defending. Everton star John Stones will have to be at his very best to nullify the threat of Vardy, whose 15 goals sees him sit atop the Premier League scoring charts - three ahead of his opposing forward today, Romelu Lukaku. Meanwhile, out on the flanks, Gerard Deulofeu and Riyad Mahrez go head-to-head. Both wingers have amassed seven assists a-piece so far this term, while the latter also has the chance to go level on goals with Lukaku should he net today.
Leicester Substitutes: De Laet, Kramaric, Ulloa, Dyer, Benalouane, Schwarzer, Inler.
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, King, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
Everton Substitutes: Robles, Gibson, Mirallas, Lennon, Besic, Osman, Galloway.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Stones, Funes-Mori, Baines; Cleverley, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku.
The teams are in at Goodison, with Everton fielding an unchanged starting XI for a third-successive Premier League fixture, though their is a difference to the substitutes bench, with Muhamed Besic replacing the out-of-favour Steven Naismith. Ranieri, meanwhile, makes three changes to the line-up that started against Chelsea. Danny Drinkwater and Robert Huth are both absent - due to injury and suspension respectively - with Andy King and Marcin Wasilewski taking their places, while Shinji Okazaki starts alongside top-scorer Jamie Vardy up front. Leonardo Ulloa drops down to the bench. Let’s check on the team sheets, then...
Claudio Ranieri’s men continued their amazing run with a victory over Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening - a result which has ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job at Stamford Bridge. Leicester sit two-points ahead of Arsenal atop the Premier League standings heading into this game, and a point could be enough to see them retain that position heading into the festive period, while a win would ensure it. Five of the last six teams to be in this position on Christmas Day have gone on to lift the title, with the only exception being Everton’s city-rivals Liverpool in the 2013/14 campaign.
Tenth-placed Everton have been in decent form as of late, having gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions. However, since their last victory in the league - a 4-0 thumping of lowly Aston Villa - Roberto Martinez’ side have drawn their last three fixtures, the latest of which saw a superb first-half display at Norwich City cancelled out by Wes Hoolahan’s equaliser, and they will need to be on top form if they are to overcome Leicester, who have undoubtedly been the story of the season so far.
Hello and welcome to this LIVE text commentary of the Premier League clash between Everton and table-topping Leicester City at Goodison Park. It promises to be a fascinating encounter on Merseyside, and we’ll bring you all the action as it happens!
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