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Richarlison can provide cure to Everton's travel sickness

Adrian Clarke 7 May 2022

Adrian Clarke highlights the Brazilian's influence as the Toffees prepare to visit Leicester

Adrian Clarke looks at the key tactical points and players in Matchweek 36.

Richarlison (EVE)

On-song striker Richarlison looks set to be Everton’s most important player in their bid to escape the bottom three.

The relegation fight

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
16 EVE 38 -23 39
17 LEE 38 -37 38
18 BUR 38 -19 35
19 WAT 38 -43 23
20 NOR 38 -61 22
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Leading the line for Frank Lampard’s side, the Brazilian has scored four of the Toffees' last six Premier League goals.

He is hitting form at an opportune time and a huge amount of responsibility will continue to fall on his shoulders in the coming weeks.

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Last month Richarlison scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Sunday’s opponents Leicester City.

He was a constant handful for the Foxes' defence that day, registering six of Everton’s 13 efforts on goal.

Popping up unmarked in some fantastic positions inside the box, the 24-year-old missed several other gilt-edged opportunities.

His chances in that match added up to a combined 1.34 Expected Goals (xG), a 68 per cent share of the team’s total of 1.96xG.

If Leicester do not get a tighter handle on the skilful South American this weekend, he has the ability to punish them again.

Richarlison's impact in last six matches
  Shots/90 xG/90 Goals/90
Richarlison 3.8 0.7 0.7
Everton 11.2 1.4 1.0

Richarlison has been in the thick of the action during Everton’s last six matches. 

Thanks to his pace, work-rate and ability to find space in the box, he has registered 23 shots, a minimum of two per match.

Winger Anthony Gordon is the only team-mate who makes more sprints.

Richarlison's industry was rewarded against Chelsea last time out as he closed down Cesar Azpilicueta to steal possession and score the winner.

Like the majority of Everton's players, Richarlison has reserved his best form for home matches.

But now, with time running out, he and his team-mates must also deliver on the road, starting in this key match at Leicester.

Everton's away-day struggles
2021/22 Home PL rank Away PL rank
Wins 8 7th 1 20th
Points 26 12th 6 20th
Goals scored 22 12th 13 19th
Goals conc. 20 9th 35 16th

Winless on the road in the Premier League since August, Everton have taken the fewest away points in English football this term, with six.

Lampard has overseen stirring home victories since replacing Rafa Benitez but is without a point on his travels.

This trip to midtable Leicester, who lost against Roma in midweek, is an opportunity Everton must grasp.

They will once again look to Richarlison for inspiration, buoyed by his outstanding record against the Foxes.

The Brazilian has scored in five of his last seven meetings with Sunday's opponents.

Also in this series

Part 1: How Jackson has led Burnley's revival
Part 3: Son and Romero can dent Liverpool's title hopes
Part 4: Rodri can help Man City keep focus on title charge

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