Everton attempted 600 passes to Leicester’s 336 but could only muster a similar amount of shots as The Foxes.
As usual, yellow dots= goals, blue dots saved attempts and black dots were blocked/off target:
My ExpG model says Leicester created the best chances in total. There was only an 11% chance Everton would score twice (both absolute peaches) from their shots. There was around 19% chance that Leicester would score twice from theirs.
It was really interesting (for this geek) to see Leicester’s technical set up, laptops out, sat right next to manager Nigel Pearson. One wonders if they helped influence the second half.
Algerian Riyad Mahrez really stepped up to the plate in the second half and was able to get firmly in Everton’s grill, forcing the previously marauding Baines and Pienaar backwards and Barry into fouling him.
It was Mahrez who played in Schlupp for the glorious chance he blazed over and Mahrez’s shot which led to the botched clearance for Wood’s equaliser. Here’s his halves compared attack-wise:
Two more notable things for me. First, Stones not looking comfortable defensively at right back or even on the right of three centre backs. Schlupp’s chance in the channel came when the youngster switched off. Wood was also left alone on the back stick to slide past Howard. Concentration and communication with Jagielka? He wasn’t helped by McGeady drifting centrally a lot either. The Irish international has previously spoken about defensive instruction from Martinez.
Lastly, corners. Under and over-hit from Everton with no short ones taken. Defending them appeared to be zonal but with no one attacking the ball. Frustrating!
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