The Foxes received the perfect new year gift as Jamie Vardy scored the only goal in the Premier League opener for 2019 after they hunted Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday. After a goal drought first half, the England forward Vardy struck the winner into the right corner with his left foot the 58th beating goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The winning game of the first match culminated from Everton defender Michael Keane’s terrible mistake as Ricardo Pereira gave a low pass to Vardy who was pacing up in the middle.
The crucial win on the first day of the new year propelled Claude Puel's side move above Wolves to the seventh place with 31 points, 12 behind the fourth place Chelsea.
Vardy has scored 22 goals in the competition for Leicester since Puel, who reached 50th matches, took the charge of the club in October 2017.
Confident Foxes will play the struggling Southampton on January 12 after a game against Newport County in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Dismal manager Marco Silva’s Everton continued to suffer 2018’s nightmare as they have lost four of their last five Premier League games and conceded 12 goals. The Toffees gained their only three points from a 5-1 win at Burnley.
They remained 10th in the table with 27 points, a place above West Ham thanks to goal difference.