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English Premier League – Liverpool vs Leicester City

Liverpool welcome Leicester City to Anfield on Saturday fresh from securing Virgil van Dijk in a £75m transfer. Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to have finally gotten his man after a failed pursuit during the summer and he will hope that van Dijk can help improve this Liverpool defence after he arrives in January. The more pressing business for now though is Saturday’s game against a tricky Leicester City side. Leicester have had a tough week, but overall they have been much improved under Claude Puel and have all the tools to cause Liverpool problems on the counter attack in this game.

When: 3:00PM, Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England

Liverpool

Liverpool picked up a dominant 5-0 win against Swansea City in their last match with Philipe Coutinho in brilliant form yet again. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for more of the same from his players on Saturday and if the Liverpool attack are on their A game, then they are one of the best in Europe. Sadio Mane was not involved in the 5-0 win against Swansea City and the Senegalese star could well be pushing for a start on Saturday against Leicester City. Adam Lallana continued his comeback from injury with a second half cameo and he will hope to be involved again. Two men unlikely to make the game are England duo, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge, with both struggling with injuries.

Leicester City

It’s been a tough week or so for Leicester City; they followed up their 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace with a penalty shoot out defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup, a dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United and a loss to Watford on Boxing Day. Claude Puel will have been disappointed with the performance shown in both the Crystal Palace and Watford games as he would have viewed both as very winnable fixtures. Leicester have shown that they can mix it with the big boys this season and Puel will be hoping that his side can cause Liverpool problems on the counter attack. Leicester have an almost fully fit squad to pick from, with Vincent Iborra a slight doubt for the game.

Talking Points

  1. Liverpool have scored 45 goals in their last 14 matches and 8 in their last 2.
  2. Liverpool are unbeaten at home this season, but have draw 5 of their 10 games at Anfield.
  3. Despite all the talk of Liverpool’s poor defence, they have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 14 matches.

Prediction

Liverpool were excellent against Swansea City on Boxing Day and if they play as well as that on Saturday, then they should have too much quality for Leicester City. Jurgen Klopp may well make changes for this game with the likes of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and James Milner all likely to come into the starting line up and it will be interesting to see if that disrupts the flow at all. Leicester City have been disappointing in their last few matches, but they usually step up their game in the big matches and if Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are in the mood on Saturday, then they have enough quality to cause Liverpool problems. I’m backing Liverpool to win this one though and I think they could well continue their fine goal scoring form.

Betting Tips (Coral)

Liverpool start this match as favourites at odds of 3/10, whilst an away victory for Leicester City is priced up at 9/1, with the draw available at 9/2. Whilst I do think a Liverpool victory is likely in this one, they have drawn five of their ten matches at Anfield this season, so that 9/2 on the draw is a little tempting. Over 3.5 goals at 21/20 looks like a solid bet to me in this one, especially when you consider all of Liverpool’s last three matches have reached that point and three of Leicester’s last five away matches have too. An interesting #YourCall bet could well be, Sadio Mane to have 3+ shots, Emre Can to win 2+ tackles and Liverpool to win at 15/8.

Over 3.5 goals – 21/20 (Coral)

Liverpool to win and Over 2.5 goals – 8/15 (Coral)

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