Leicester City hosts Liverpool just two days after their miraculous game at Etihad Stadium, when they lost to Manchester City. The Foxes will need to bounce back pretty fast and recover from a nasty blow taken on Sunday afternoon. As for the Reds, they have several players out, but the core of the starting lineup is still active, which is the most important thing for Jurgen Klopp and the fans. Liverpool looks solid at the moment, they had a few extra days to rest and prepare for this event, which could be a big plus for the former champions. This game comes less than a week after these two sides met in the EFL Cup.
Leicester City (+600) lost at Etihad 6-3 in a game that might be the best one of the year in the EPL. After being down 4-0 at halftime, the Foxes responded, scoring three consecutive goals in 10 minutes, but didn’t have the strength to continue and make a miracle. They fell behind because of Youri Tielemans’ mistakes, and this was one of the worst performances for the Belgian since he came to the club.
The game at Etihad was the ninth straight with over 2.5 goals in which Leicester participated, and during that span, seven ended with four or more hits. Only two weren’t with both teams netting.
As you can see, the Foxes are scoring frequently, but they simply aren’t able to provide a decent performance on the defensive side of the ball, which is the biggest reason for their mediocre results this year.
Liverpool (-315) is without a loss in ten games across all the competitions, and is looking very, very confident. Only twice during that stretch, the Reds haven’t been able to net two or more goals, and on the other side, they’ve recorded five clean sheets.
Lately, the Reds’ games have been exciting to watch and full of goals, as four of the past five concluded with three or more.
When analyzing the games on the road this year, Liverpool’s record is near perfect. In 14 contests, Klopp’s machinery has 11 wins, two draws, and a single loss. Believe it or not, in only one game, they haven’t scored twice or more.
Leicester is hit hard with injuries and absences. Soyuncu, Barnes, Evans, Daka, Pereira, Bertrand, Fofana, Ward and Benkovic are all out for this game.
On the other side, Virgil Van Dijk, Robertson, Philips, Elliot, and Origi are all out for various reasons. Fabinho and Thiago are under a question mark.
Head to Head Games
Last week these two teams met in EFL Cup. Leicester had a 1-3 lead at halftime, but lost after the penalties and an equalizer in the stoppage time, with the game ending 3-3. It was their only match in this campaign.
With all the problems regarding injuries, and issues in the backline, the Foxes’ chances of getting out of this one undefeated are close to zero. Liverpool is a much better team right now, and we are betting on their win by at least a two-goal margin.
Pick: Liverpool -1.5 +105
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