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Champions are
streaking to safety

LEICESTER do like to do things in spurts, don’t they?

Rubbish week-in, week-out to hit the bottom of the Premier League under Nigel Pearson, who then masterminded the spring of springs to keep them up.

Out went Pearson, in came Claudio Ranieri, and then followed the season of all seasons which ended in the title.

Box ticked, it was back to rubbish, week in and week out, until the board had had enough of the world manager of the year.

Craig Shakespeare stepped in and duly became the first manager in Premier League history to win his first five matches in charge as Leicester start to soar up the table once more.

Now they’re off to Everton in a game that just a few weeks ago would have seemed pivotal in the relegation fight. Not so now.

And they’ve definitely got a chance of continuing their climb at Goodison Park in a fixture that doesn’t yield many home wins.

Of the last 21 meetings between these rivals in blue, be the match at Everton or Leicester, only four have been won by the home side.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY SS1

Real Madrid v Barcelona

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Real Madrid have scored in their last 55 matches
Expert verdict
Barcelona really need to win this El Classico meeting to stand any chance of winning La Liga but they could come up short at the Bernabeu. Barca have lost their way this season, particularly on the road where they have suffered heavy defeats to Paris St-Germain (4-0) and Juventus (3-0).