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Everton have no fear of travelling to face Leicester, maintains Barry

By Nick Mashiter

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry believes Leicester have lost their fear factor. The 35-year-old insisted the Toffees were confident of victory even before their 2-0 win at the home of the defending champions on Boxing Day, which came courtesy of goals from Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku.

Leicester went over a year without losing a home league game but have now lost two of their last four at the King Power Stadium and half of their 18 league games this season.

They won a shock title by 10 points last term but are now just three points above the relegation zone. Barry said: "They're not the team they were this time last year.

"Football is about confidence. It was once in a lifetime what they achieved. They have bounced back in the Champions League but their league form is just not where it was last year.

"We knew if we were on our game and defended well we could get the three points."

Leicester winger Marc Albrighton conceded Barry was right. He said: "I am sure they are coming with more confidence. But with the way we play we need to get back to it."

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