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No special plans for Martinez

Roberto Martinez insists Everton are not making any special plans to deal with in-form Leicester duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on Saturday.

The Toffees are the latest side to try and get one over on the surprise package of the Premier League campaign, with the Foxes arriving on Merseyside sitting two points clear at the top of the standings.

Key to their success has been the form of Vardy and Mahrez, who between them have already netted 26 times so far this term, while the latter has also added seven assists.

The Toffees themselves are enjoying a decent campaign, and, although they sit ninth, are currently on a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions.

Martinez’s men have impressed with their flowing play this season and will relish the opportunity of taking on the leaders at Goodison Park.


The Spaniard admits his side are expecting an extremely tough game on Saturday but insists they are not making extra plans for Vardy and Mahrez, as he does not want his players to forget about Leicester’s other stars.

“As a team you have to be very, very careful,” Martinez told reporters. “If you are too concerned about Vardy then Ulloa or Okazaki they are going to use that space. And if you are over-cautious with Mahrez then other players are going to take advantage over that.

“We need to be wary of their quality and their goal-scoring threat and the way they are playing with freedom and a real enjoyment at the moment but it is more about matching that aspect, rather than changing much of what we do from week to week.”