Leicester City v Liverpool Premier League Preview

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By:Jack Critchley

Predictions

In the opening weeks of the new campaign, Liverpool have looked like the most likely team to stand in the way of Manchester City retaining the Premier League crown. Jurgen Klopp’s side have comfortably seen off West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion without conceding a single goal.

But perhaps Leicester will provide the Reds with their sternest test so far. The Foxes’ last-gasp winner at Southampton last week made it six points from a possible nine for Claude Puel’s outfit.

And though Liverpool claimed all three points at the King Power last season, they can struggle on trips to the East Midlands.

The likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been in deadly form already, though, and it’s difficult to foresee anything other than an away victory. A 3-1 result in favour of the Reds is on the cards.

 

Betting Tips

Both teams to score at 5/6

Leicester will be without suspended star man Jamie Vardy again, but that doesn’t mean the Foxes will be short of firepower.

Midfielders James Maddison and Demarai Gray have already got themselves off the mark. In all, Saturday’s hosts have scored 12 goals in their last five Premier League games going back to last season.

Liverpool’s ability going forward needs no introduction either, with only Manchester City having scored more than their tally of 84 last season. Odds of 5/6 for both teams to score offers great value.

Liverpool to be winning after 15 minutes at 18/5

In four of the last six meetings between these two sides, the deadlock has been broken inside the first 15 minutes.

And Liverpool have been quick to get the ball rolling this season, taking a half-time lead into all three of their Premier League matches so far.

Expect a similarly speedy start from the visitors on Saturday, with odds of 18/5 availble for them to be leading after a quarter of an hour.

 

Head to Head

Liverpool collected maximum points off Leicester City last season, winning 3-2 at the King Power Stadium in September before coming from behind to win 2-1 at Anfield in December.

But the Foxes won three of the four meetings prior to last season, so the Reds haven’t had it all their own way in recent years.

Stats

Liverpool and Leicester City have met 24 times in the Premier League, with the Reds winning half of those matches.

Seven of Leicester City’s last nine Premier League goals against Liverpool have been scored by Jamie Vardy.

Liverpool made a division-high 2,063 passes in their first three fixtures – over 100 more than second-place Manchester City.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been booked in all three of Liverpool’s Premier League matches so far this season.

Leicester’s wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton were their first back-to-back victories since January 2018.

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