Will Liverpool continue their perfect start to the season?
Last updated: August 30, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Saturday, 12:30 pm|
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 2 – 1 Leicester City|
The first match of the weekend features Premier League leaders Liverpool against the 2015-16 winners Leicester City. Liverpool are top of the league table alongside Tottenham, Watford, and Chelsea but have a superior goal difference. Leicester are in seventh place and are back to winning ways after a defeat against Manchester United in their first match.
Harry Maguire proved to be Leicester’s hero in their last game against Southampton. Not only did he score a last minute winner to take the three points but he was also influential in defence at the back, making 10 clearances for Leicester. Leicester lost their opening match to Manchester United 2-1 but they bounced back by beating Premier League newcomers Wolves.
Liverpool have won all of their opening three Premier League matches. They beat West Ham United 4-0, Crystal Palace 2-0 and had a narrow 1-0 home win in last weekend’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion. This is their best start to a season since 2013-14. Sadio Mané is the season’s top scorer so far with three goals, just one ahead of last season’s top scorer and teammate Mohammed Salah.
Jamie Vardy misses the Liverpool match due to a three match ban received for a red card against Wolves.
Harry Maguire scored the winner against Southampton last weekend and could be vital for Leicester.
Klopp is not expected to make any changes to the starting line-up, although Daniel Sturridge has featured as a substitute lately.
Former Liverpool number one Loris Karius has departed Anfield and has signed a two-year loan deal with Turkish side Besiktas.
|Leicester (4-2-3-1):||Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Pereira, Maddison, Gray, Iheanacho|
|Subs:||Ward, Evans, Fuchs, A. Silva, Albrighton, Okazaki, Ghezzal|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mané|
|Subs:||Mignolet, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Lovren|
So Far This Season
|Leicester This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|2 (1)||Wins (away)||3 (1)|
|2 – 0 vs. Wolves||Biggest Win||4 – 0 vs. West Ham|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|2 – 1 vs. Manchester United||Biggest Defeat||–|
|Gray, Vardy, Maguire, Maddison, (1)||Top Goal Scorer||Mané (3)|
|Y4, R1||Discipline||Y3, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|66%||Both Teams to Score Games||0%|
|66%||Over 2.5 Goals||33%|
|33%||Under 2.5 Goals||66%|
- Leicester have faced Liverpool 18 times. The Foxes have won five times while the Reds have won 10 times with just three draws between the two.
- Mo Salah has scored two goals in three matches. He is however involved in a dispute with the Egyptian Football Association over image rights which could prove to be a distraction for the 26-year-old,
- In the EFL Cup match against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night, Leicester scored four goals, all by different players. This means they already have eight different goal scorers in the season so far.
- Liverpool are the only team in the Premier League to not have conceded a goal this season. Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are looking particularly impressive at the back.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|30/12/2017||EPL||Liverpool 2-1 Leicester||Vardy 3’|
|23/09/2017||EPL||Leicester 2-3 Liverpool||Salah 15’|
|19/09/2017||EPL||Leicester 2-0 Liverpool||Okazaki 65’|
|22/07/2017||EPL||Leicester 1-2 Liverpool||Slimani 12’|
|27/02/2017||EPL||Leicester 3-1 Liverpool||Vardy 28’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Liverpool’s Achilles heel has often been their defence but so far this season they look solid. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, has started repaying the huge transfer fee Liverpool paid for him with a late save to deny Pascal Gross from close range against Brighton.
Leicester’s problem is going to be scoring goals with Jamie Vardy missing through suspension. New £20m signing James Maddison put in a man of the match performance against Wolves but he may find chances limited in this game.
We have a feeling that Mo Salah will have a great game and will be the first goal scorer. This bet and many more are featured at Betway.