Saturday 23rd September. 5:30PM. BT Sport 1
The Saturday evening offering from the Premier League sees Liverpool head to Leicester City for the second time this week. If Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash was the starter, this main course should be very tasty from start to finish.
Both teams will be eager to fire a signal of intent in this one, which should make for an explosive affair. Can Leicester cause another minor upset or will the Reds exact their revenge? Whatever happens, it’s sure to deliver bags of entertainment.
Foxes Out For Repeat Of Cup Win
Craig Shakespeare’s Foxes haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to 2017-18, but will have been thrilled with the performance and result against Liverpool on Tuesday night. If they can bring that form into this league clash, it could be the catalyst for improvement at the King Power.
The hosts can certainly be optimistic in the attacking third thanks to the qualities of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Islam Silmani. Given Liverpool’s obvious defensive frailties, attack could be the aim of the day for the Foxes.
Tuesday’s victory wasn’t Leicester’s only recent win over the Reds either. In fact, the hosts have won each of the last three competitive head-to-head contests on this ground. That could be a great omen as they bid for what would be only a second league win of 2017-18.
Leicester will be right up for this one and will feel that their style could suit this fixture. However, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way against a wounded Liverpool.
Klopp Under Pressure
After such a brilliant start, the wheels have already started falling off of Liverpool’s title challenge, meaning that the ambition has already realistically changed to a top four finish. On current form, even that target could be difficult.
The Reds are shipping goals at an alarming rate while the suspension of Sadio Mane has somewhat blunted their attack. Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, and co. are more than capable of still finding the target, but the energy of Mane is a noticeable loss.
Perhaps more tellingly, manager Jurgen Klopp has shown signs of pressure in recent weeks. Then again, if any coach is capable of motivating a set of players during a tough period, the German is arguably that man.
It’ll be fascinating to see which Liverpool turns up. One way the other, we should be set for a thrilling spectacle.
Leicester City v Liverpool Betting
Despite conceding the home advantage, Liverpool are odds-on to win Saturday’s showdown at 10/11 with Bet365 while Leicester are priced 31/10 to cause an upset. The draw is available at 29/10.
Liverpool’s attacking quality should see them find the net during this week’s second trip to the King Power. Having said that, their defensive weaknesses have been punished time and time again over the past two years, which should give Leicester a fantastic chance of goals too.
It’s likely that both teams will score. Lay the 1-1 draw too for double money.
As far as Liverpool are concerned, the absence of Mane means that the pressure will be on Firmino to score. The Brazilian already has two league goals, and should get chances to increase that tally here.
At odds of 7/4 to score at anytime, he has to be worth a punt.