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When Everton saw the Premier League fixtures come out in the summer, there was quiet optimism once again that finally this could be their year to break up a top six in turmoil.

With only two of the 'big six' in their opening 13 fixtures, and a prosperous summer in which they spent upwards of £100million, Everton fans were left dreaming of what could be.

But yet again with the Toffees, their season has already descended into chaos and another manager in Marco Silva is on the brink of being sacked – with an underwhelming return of David Moyes potentially in the pipeline.

Everton looked set for a positive season

But Leicester City have been showing Everton up this season and seem like the real deal

Leicester City have been showing Everton up this season and seem like the real deal

And on Sunday afternoon at the King Power Stadium, they come up against a team achieving everything they dreamed of and more.

Leicester are soaring under Brendan Rodgers - arguably the most in-demand manager in England right now and is the early favourite for the vacant Arsenal job - and are defying the odds in second in the Premier League, playing better football than they were when they won the title in remarkable in 2016.

When Silva took over at Goodison Park in the summer of 2018, his appointment was met with real buzz and with the financial backing of Farhad Moshiri, Everton were only looking upwards.

Leicester's Brendan Rodgers is arguably the most in-demand manager in England right now

Leicester's Brendan Rodgers is arguably the most in-demand manager in England right now

Everton have been struggling to live up to their pre-season expectation and lost last week

Everton have been struggling to live up to their pre-season expectation and lost last week

But 18 months on and with £200m down the drain, Everton are back to square one and the negativity is bigger than ever before with the club languishing in 16th. Spending doesn't always bring success – and Leicester are emphatically proving that.

The Foxes are on the hunt and the stats from this season show that Rodgers' high-flying outfit are embarrassing their counterparts all over the pitch.

Leicester's recruitment in the summer transfer window was very shrewd, signing Youri Tielemans on a permanent deal to play alongside James Maddison in the middle of the pitch, while Ayoze Perez is producing the numbers out wide. 

The Foxes have been slick in the middle of the park - leaving their midfield counterparts in their wake - producing over 1,000 passes (6,766) more than Everton (5,597) in the Premier League this season and have been more penetrating and direct with their play, achieving 30 through balls compared to 19 from the Toffees.

The signing of Youri Tielemans has proven to be very shrewd permanent signing for the Foxes

The signing of Youri Tielemans has proven to be very shrewd permanent signing for the Foxes

He has impressed alongside James Maddison in the centre of the pitch for Leicester

He has impressed alongside James Maddison in the centre of the pitch for Leicester

Despite having exciting and skilful players at their disposal, Everton have opted for a more-direct approach in the top-flight so far. They sit third in terms of long balls played, behind only Sheffield United and Burnley, with a massive total of 843. The Merseyside outfit have also produced the third-most crosses (308) while Leicester have opted for a more patient philosophy.

And Leicester's patient approach has more than paid off, biding their time before killing their opponents in emphatic , with

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