Leicester City-Everton Preview

The goal for Everton: qualify for the Europa League.

With seven games remaining, the Toffees are in position to achieve that as they find themselves in seventh place on 51 points entering the weekend, just three behind fifth-place Arsenal for the coveted Europa League spot.

Everton's next chance to get closer to European competition comes Sunday against resurgent Leicester City at Goodison Park.

After going on an impressive nine-match unbeaten streak in league play through the turn of the year, the Toffees (14-9-8) have come back to Earth a bit following a Merseyside derby loss to Liverpool and a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ronald Koeman's side was in position to beat United thanks to a 22nd-minute strike from Phil Jagielka, but United were thrown a lifeline in added time as Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty.

Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles said his side can't dwell on the outcome.

"We are a little bit sad because we lost two points," he said. "A win would have been a great result, but now we have to move on quickly.

"It was a difficult game, we had to defend a lot and we did that well, we were just unlucky in the last moment with the penalty. That is football. We need to be positive and look forward to the next game."

Leicester City (10-6-14) are riding their best purple patch of the season while looking for a sixth consecutive Premier League victory - and seventh overall. The uptick in form has Craig Shakespeare's club up to 11th place.

Striker Jamie Vardy has scored in three straight games, and the defence has shored up a bit with two straight clean sheets, most recently Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Sunderland at the King Power Stadium.

Islam Slimani also netted for the Foxes, who held Sunderland to three shots on target.

"We're playing well at the minute," Vardy said.

Defender Danny Drinkwater added:

"If you look at the last two months, how we've risen, it's a big compliment to the squad, to the staff," he said. "It's where we belong and we'll keep pushing on. April is a busy month, we've got the Champions League as well which is exciting, but we'll keep going and hopefully we'll keep picking up the points like we do."

Everton beat Leicester 2-0 in December, but haven't done the league double over the Foxes since 1986-87. Leicester's only Premier League win at Goodison Park came last season in December 2015.

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