English Premier League clash – Sept 10, 2016, Anfield
Kick Off 5:30pm
Both clubs have earned identical number of points, which is 4, after their three Premier League outings. Liverpool's performance in the League has vacillated from absolute brilliance (a 5-3 win over Arsenal) to the very ordinary (a shock 1-2 defeat to minions, Burnley). As for the champions, things may be limping back to normal after their shock defeat to Hull in the League opener. A stoic 0-0 draw against the Gunners followed by a much needed morale boosting 2-1 win against Swansea signaled that Leicester may be back in business.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have really been busy with as many as 1500 completed passes, but this did not prevent the six goals they have conceded so far which is what puts them behind Leicester on the points table. The Foxes on the other hand have managed 900 completed passes and have conceded just thrice.
Liverpool have been facing injury issues with Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan out of the coming encounter. Midfield talent Emre Can is another who looks doubtful thanks to a ankle injury he suffered in a clash with Burton Albion. Coutinho could be also be a doubtful starter after the rigors of Brazil's World Cup Qualifier outings. Sadio Mane has shrugged off a injury scare during his recent international appearance for his country, Senegal and will be raring to go in Saturday night's clash. Lucas Leiva has recovered from a hamstrung injury and will be marshalling the back lines for the Reds. Simon Mignolet will be at the goal and will have to be careful not leak any more goals.
For Leicester, Ranieri could well begin with his usual pair of strikers upfront, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okozaki, but may choose to introduce his recent £28 million acquisition from Sporting Clube de Portugal, 28-year old Algerian striker Islam Slimani, sometime later into the game depending how the proceedings shape up. Danny Drinkwater and Andy King have not been up to their mark in the midfield and with Nampalys Mendy injured, one can expect Daniel Amartey to feature on Saturday, given his impressive showing against Swansea. Jamie Vardy has scored in six out of his last seven matches. This includes a brace in Leicester's 2-0 win over Liverpool at home at the King Power stadium last February. But what must be at the back of the mind of the visitors is that they haven't won at Anfield since 1999.Claudio Ranieri's men have a chance at rectifying that on Saturday night.
Leicester City's sharp counter-attacking style of play and the Reds' pressing game should make for an interesting encounter that could see quite a few goals. In such a scenario, odds favor the hosts as is evidenced below. But, a stalemate (draw) cannot be ruled out, too.
Correct Score Predictions:
Liverpool 3-2 Leicester @ 25/1
Liverpool 2-2 Leicester @ 16/1