Last updated: February 27, 2017 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Last season:||Leicester 2 – 0 Liverpool|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Whatever the result of this one, it’s likely to be overshadowed by the news on Thursday that Claudio Ranieri has been sacked from his position as manager of Leicester City. Just nine months after pulling off one of the greatest achievements in sporting history, the Italian was relieved of his duties in a shock move which has stunned the sporting world.
It seems a harsh decision after Ranieri’s achievements last season, but the reality of the situation is that Leicester are currently in freefall in the League and currently sit just one point above the relegation zone. Most will feel Ranieri should have been given at least until the end of the season, but the club’s owners have had enough. Either way, it will be tough for Leicester to take anything from this match. A poor performance in the midweek Champions League match away at Sevilla resulted in a fairly good 1-2 result, with an away goal probably being more than Leicester deserved. Sevilla were a little careless and Liverpool can be guilty of this too, but Leicester will have to tighen up at the back. The one positive is that Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought and may therefore play with more confidence.
Liverpool themselves were on a very poor run too. While the manager’s job wasn’t really called into question, Liverpool went through all of January without a win in the league, until ending that poor form with a great win against fellow title contenders Spurs. Many think the title race is already over, but there’s still plenty to play for with five other teams chasing three Champions League spots. Arsenal don’t play this weekend, meaning Liverpool could leapfrog them into a qualification spot, which makes there even more to play for. With an almost full strength side, you’d expect Liverpool to take this one.
Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa remain out through injury, so Jamie Vardy and Ahmed Musa should lead the Leicester line again.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Leicester, though it remains to be seen who will be selected after manager Claudio Ranieri’s departure.
EDejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge are both doubtful for Liverpool, through a knee complaint and illness respectively.
Said Mané marked his return with two goals in the last match against Tottenham and we expect Coutinho and Firmino to accompany him in Liverpool’s attacking trio.
|Leicester City (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Musa, Mahrez, Albrighton, Vardy|
|Subs:||Chilwell, King, Amartey, Okazaki, Zieler, Gray, Benalouane|
|Liverpool (4-2-3-1):||Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijaldum, Mané, Firmino, Coutinho|
|Subs:||Karius, Sturridge, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Origi, Alexander-Arnold|
|Injured:||Grujic, Ejaria, Ings|
|Doubtful:||Lovren, Sturridge, Lucas|
So far this season
|Leicester City this season||Liverpool this season|
|5 (0)||(at home) Wins (away)||8 (6)|
|3-0 vs. Burnley||Biggest win||6-1 vs. Watford|
|3 (3)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (4)|
|1-4 vs. Manchester Utd||Biggest Defeat||4-3 vs. Bournemouth||Jamie Vardy (5)||Top scorer||Sadio Mané (11)|
|Islam Slimani (3)||Assist Leader||Adam Lallana (7)|
|Y49, R1||Discipline||Y40, R0|
|11||Failures to score||4|
|12||Both Teams to Score Games||16|
|16||Over 2.5 Games||14|
|9||Under 2.5 Games||11|
- Leicester’s freefall continues as they are without a win – or a goal for that matter – in their last six matches. Jamie Vardy finally got a goal in the midweeks Champions League game though, so the Foxes will be hoping he can add to that.
- Liverpool finally refound winning ways with an impressive win against Tottenham and will be confident of victory against a managerless and downbeat Leicester.
- The Foxes have managed five wins and three draws at home however, suggesting their home form isn’t terrible. Snatching a point wouldn’t be out the question then, but they will have to improve defensively, after conceeding six goals in their last two home matches.
- Sadio Mané got back to goalscoring ways in the last match and he will be expected to shine again. The Liverpool attack could run rampant here and Mané will likely be at the heart of anything Liverpool create.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|10/09/2016||Premier League||Liverpool 4 – 1 Leicester||Firmino 13′|
|02/02/2016||Premier League||Leicester 2 – 0 Liverpool||Vardy 60′|
|26/12/2015||Premier League||Liverpool 1 – 0 Leicester||Benteke 63′|
|01/01/2015||Premier League||Liverpool 2 – 2 Leicester||Gerrard 17′|
|02/12/2014||Premier League||Leicester 1 – 3 Liverpool||Mignolet OG 22′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
We fancy Liverpool to win this but the value is pretty low. Liverpool to win with both teams to score brings the value up somewhat and we think this has a strong chance, with Liverpool’s poor defensive record this season.
However, there’s plenty of other options though thanks to Liverpool’s freescoring side. With this in mind, we’re backing Sadio Mané to be an anytime scorer, at what we think is a great price, of 21/20 at bet365.