Following the managerial upheaval at both Leicester and Everton, the two sides play each other today in what is sure to be an intriguing clash.
Claude Puel, the former Southampton manager, takes the reigns with Leicester for the first time since being appointed as Craig Shakespeare’s successor and will be looking to start his Foxes reign with 3 points.
Everton will be under the stewardship of caretaker boss David Unsworth following the sacking of Ronald Koeman and Unsworth will be hoping for a better result in his first Premier League game in charge than the 2-1 loss the Toffees suffered at the hands of Chelsea in his first game in the Carabao Cup.
Given that this is both sides’ first Premier League game under their new managers, they are both experiencing bad runs of form with Everton lying in 18th place in the table and Leicester 15th. Both sides have only won 2 games so far with Leicester losing 4 and Everton 5, meaning that this game is very important for both sides as they look for an upturn in their respective fortunes.
Leicester will be the ones entering this game with more optimism after they won their previous league game 2-1 against Swansea under caretaker boss Michael Appleton and with Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez looking to have found some good form after a quiet start to the league, the former Premier League champions will be hoping Puel can bring about a run of positive results in the same way predecessor Shakespeare did last season.
Everton on the other hand are still looking for their next manager with the likes of Burnley’s Sean Dyche, David Moyes and even Carlo Ancelotti linked with the position. Being without a win in the last 3 league games as well as their current place in the relegation zone means a win for them here would be huge for boosting the confidence of not only the players but the fans as well and may also go a long way to earning Unsworth the managerial role on a more permanent basis (weirder things have happened).
All in all, this is a must win game for both sides despite how early on in the season we are as a good start for Puel will be key to his time at Leicester and Everton will be desperate to address the rapid decline they have suffered so far this season.