Perfect Liverpool host Flying Foxes

Last updated: October 2, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Radio 5
Home Form: WLWWW
Away Form: DLWWW
Last Meeting: Liverpool 1 – 1 Leicester City
Competition: EPL

All rise for Liverpool against Leicester City. Two teams in great form with the host boasting a perfect start after seven games while the visitors have defied odds to sit third in the Premier League. A return of Brendan Rodgers to where he once called home, now leading the Foxes against the FIFA Pro men’s manager of the year.

It’s a great time to be one of the Liverpool faithful. A perfect record in the league, five points ahead of second-place Manchester City, looking like fierce contenders of the title. Jurgen Klopp has instilled confidence and belief in a team that struggled over the last decade, regaining their crown as the best team in Europe has shown that Klopp isn’t just a ‘nearly-man’. If the Reds wins the next three fixtures, they will surpass City’s record of 18 consecutive wins as well as Chelsea’s record of 9 straight victories from the opening day of the season they achieved in 2005-06, the Holy Grail for Liverpool looks achievable. They survived a scare under the newly-promoted side, Sheffield United, securing three points with Wijnaldum’s solo goal from a goalkeeping error. They were 2 – 1 winner in Stamford Bridge scoring from two set-pieces proving the versatility and flexibility of the side of this Red’s side to get the job done.

The primary concern is their run of tough fixtures, facing three of the ‘big six’ in the next five games. This includes a visit to Old Trafford, a stadium where Klopp has never tasted victory and a re-run of last year’s Champions League final as they welcome Spurs. A visit to Villa Park (will be the most comfortable fixture on paper) and then they welcome the Champions Manchester City to Anfield. Experienced Liverpool fans won’t be celebrating anything yet though! The club’s near 30-year-wait for the title looked over last year as they held a 7-point-lead at the top of the table, despite only one loss, Manchester City wrestled the title away from them by a solitary point.

The Premier League is expected to be a two-horse race, with Manchester City and Liverpool. The remaining four spots that lead to European action next year are likely to be hotly contested by the ‘best of the rest’. Seven games in, the 2015-16 Champions have defied the odds once more and are sitting third in the Premier League table. The Foxes have had a good run of two incredible wins on the bounce, coming from behind to beat Tottenham 2 – 1 and a 5 – 0 thumping of Newcastle United in their previous match. In the Newcastle game, Ricardo Pereira drew first blood early in the first half before Jamie Vardy increased the advantage in the second-half after Isaac Hayden was sent off for a reckless challenge. Paul Dummett netted an own goal as Vardy got his brace and Wilfred Ndidi completed the scoring in the ninetieth minute to cap a five-star performance from Brendan Rodgers men.

He is known to be a very cautious manager, with excellent defensive organisation. That’s why they have conceded just five, alongside Liverpool, which is a joint lowest in the league. What’s interesting is will he stick by his defensive mantra or will the urge to attack prove too much to resist as Rodgers heads back to his former bosses for the first time since he was dismissed back in October 2015. Since the first game in charge, Leicester has won 31 points only eclipsed by Man City (43) and Liverpool (49).

A win for Leicester City would see them four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men and in an excellent position to secure that all-important top-4 spot. It will be a battle between the best defences in the league, with just five goals conceded by each side. Liverpool could see a record-breaking season of their own if they keep their impressive run of form. More tough fixtures coming for Liverpool, they need a good performance to keep a good momentum going and keep their 5-point advantage over their nearest rival.

Team News

Liverpool next five fixtures; Leicester City (H), Manchester United (A), Tottenham Hotspurs (H), Aston Villa (A), and Manchester City (H).

Liverpool are two games away from breaking Chelsea’s record (9)of most consecutive games won since the start of the season, three shy of Man City record (18)for the most consecutive wins in the PL.

Brendan Rodger’s has accumulated 31 points only Manchester City (41) and Liverpool (49) have more.

Leicester City has a chance to stay in the top four if they keep up their impressive form. They have four wins in the last five and sit third in the Premier League table.

Expected Line-Ups:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Shaqiri, Lovren, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana
Injured: Alisson, Keita, Clyne, Shaqiri
Doubtful: Origi, Matip
Not available:
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Praet, Perez, Barnes, Vardy
Subs: Ward, Justin, Fuchs, Choudhury, Morgan, Albrighton, Gray, Iheanacho
Injured: Amartey, Matthew
Doubtful: Maddison
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Liverpool This Season Leicester City This Season
1st League Position 3rd
7 (4) Wins (away) 4 (1)
4 – 1 v Norwich Biggest Win 5 – 0 v Newcastle
0 (0) Draws (away) 2 (1)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 1 v Man United
Mane (4), Salah (4) Top Goal Scorer Vardy (5)
Y6, R0 Discipline Y5, R0
0 Failures to Score 2
29% Clean Sheets 29%
71% Both Teams to Score Games 57%
86% Over 2.5 Goals 57%
14% Under 2.5 Goals 43%
  • Liverpool and Leicester City have faced each other 26 times in the PL. The Reds have won 13 times to Leicester City’s seven wins, with the teams sharing the spoils six times.
  • Klopp’s side has a lethal attacking force averaging 2.57 goals per match against Leicester’s 1.86 goals per game.
  • Both sides have just managed two clean sheets; they have conceded the least goals (5) in the PL so far this season.
  • Jamie Vardy (5) is the leading goal scorer in the pitch with Salah (4) and Mane (4) constant threats in the pitch. Firmino leads the assists board with three alongside Salah while 22-year-old James Maddison has two assists.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
30/01/2019 EPL Liverpool 1 – 1 Leicester City Mane 3’
01/09/2018 EPL Leicester City 1 – 2 Liverpool Mane 10′
30/12/2017 EPL Liverpool 2 – 1 Leicester City Vardy 3′
23/09/2017 League Cup Leicester City 2 – 3 Liverpool Salah 15’
19/09/2017 English Premier League Leicester City 2 – 0 Liverpool Okazaki 65’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Two high scoring teams with the best defences go head to head, so this has either a goal fest or 0-0 written all over it! It’s hard to see Liverpool not scoring though, and Over 2.5 goals seems likely, or even 3.5 for the brave. If you think 0-0 is expected, Bet365 offer ‘bore-draw’ insurance and you get your money back on all Correct Score, Half-time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets if the final score is 0-0. You can read our review here.