Both sides see themselves at the top of the pile when it comes to their clash at Anfield on Sunday, although an injury-stricken Liverpool side may leave the door wide open for the Foxes to hunt and end the Reds home unbeaten run in the Premier League. Jack Sivill offers his betting tips and predictions for Sunday evening’s clash.
Who is playing?
Liverpool vs Leicester
What competition is it?
English Premier League
What time is Liverpool vs Leicester?
19:15 GMT, Sunday 22nd November 2020
Which stadium is hosting Liverpool vs Leicester?
Anfield, Liverpool, England
What channel is Liverpool vs Leicester on?
Sky Sports Main Event
Liverpool vs Leicester Summary
After an emphatic 5-0 away win at Atlanta in midweek in the Champions League, Liverpool’s most recent trip was to Manchester when they faced Premier League rivals Manchester City in a cagey 1-1 draw at the Etihad. The draw meant Liverpool lost their top spot with wins from Spurs and Leicester, leaving them in third, although they can leapfrog their opponents Leicester on Sunday with a win at their fortress Anfield.
Leicester are in fantastic form, winning their last six in all competitions and leaving themselves top of the table in the Premier League. With three wins out of three in the Europa League, Brendan Rodgers’ men are to be able to turn their attention and focus predominantly on the Premier League for the time being and attempt to end Liverpool’s home unbeaten streak.
Liverpool Team News and Form
Liverpool had a perfect start to their season; with an opening day win against an exciting newly promoted Leeds side, following that two strong wins against two of the ‘big six’ in Arsenal and Chelsea meant fans most likely thought it was going to be another breeze for Jurgen Klopp’s men in their first ever Premier League title defence. Although that was very much shut down after a shock 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa. Since then, a mix of short and long-term injuries and controversial VAR decisions leaves the Reds stuck in third and not looking to mighty compared to last season.
Since losing Virgil van Dijk in their captivating 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, many fans may have thought Liverpool have done well, winning all three of their Champions League games since, and coming from behind against both West Ham and Sheffield United in shaky although good results. Manchester City, who held them to a 1-1 draw, slightly halted their strong run of form.
The game was the first in which Salah, Mane, Firmino and Jota all started in the same fixture with Liverpool trying what seemed to be a new 4-2-4 formation compared to 4-3-3 which they have been using for the past three years.
Liverpool’s injury list is never-ending as of late and the international break could not have gone worse for the Reds after already being bogged down with injuries when Trent Alexander-Arnold joined the list after going off against Manchester City, their woes worsened with Joe Gomez out until the New Year with a knee injury and Jordan Henderson being a doubt for Sunday’s clash after withdrawing from the England squad.
With Liverpool’s defence already frail because of injuries, many would’ve thought Klopp could turn to some youngsters like Rhys Williams, although he is also a doubt after picking up a hip injury for England’s U21s. Liverpool’s top goalscorer this season, Mohamed Salah will also be out after testing positive for COVID-19. To finish the injury list, Fabinho and Thiago are both set to miss out once again, with Liverpool’s summer signing Thiago missing his last six in all competitions because of injury.
To look on the bright side, Liverpool’s lengthy injury list means there’s a chance for some of the Reds’ bench players to show what they can do. Roberto Firmino has a point to prove with some lacklustre performances as of late, and Salah’s injury means he will most likely start alongside Mane and Jota at the weekend. Injuries in midfield means players like Shaqiri and Curtis Jones may also keep proving themselves and putting in convincing performances like they’ve been doing this season.
Leicester Team News and Form
Leicester have been very entertaining to watch this season and had a similar start to Liverpool picking up a maximum nine points from their opening three games with all three games containing an average of over five goals. Two surprising shock defeats to West Ham and Aston Villa halted their good run of form prior to their opening three fixtures meaning they dropped down the table. However, they re-established their form, winning their last three with two clean sheets and wins against Champions League challengers Arsenal and Europa League challengers Wolves.
Leicester have always struggled against Liverpool and haven’t beaten them in any of their last six meetings with their last win in against the reds in the Premier League coming back in February 2017 when they beat them 3-1 at the King Power stadium.
Liverpool were also one of only two teams to defeat Leicester in Leicester’s title winning season when they defeated them 1-0 at Anfield from a single goal from Christian Benteke. Although with a long injury list and the Foxes in fine form, Leicester will be very confident they can end Liverpool’s home unbeaten run.
Leicester also have a few injury problems and will be desperate to have Wesley Fofana fit after he suffered a knee injury and withdrew from France’s U21 squad. Another star Leicester will hope to have fit is James Maddison, who has only started two Premier League games this season and is yet to get going for the Foxes.
Timothy Castagne was also hopeful to get back to action after the international break although Sunday’s clash may be slightly too soon for the Belgium international.
Liverpool Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
- Manchester City (A) 1-1 Premier League draw
- Atlanta (A) 5-0 Champions League win
- West Ham United (H) 2-1 Premier League win
- Midtjylland (H) 2-0 Champions League Group D win
- Sheffield United (H) 2-1 Premier League win
Leicester Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
- Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 1-0 Premier League win
- Braga (H) Europa League Group G win
- Leeds United (A) 4-1 Premier League win
- AEK Athens (A) 2-1 Europa League Group G win
- Arsenal (A) 0-1 Premier League defeat
Liverpool Top Scorers
Mohamed Salah (8 League Goals so far this season) – Liverpool Egyptian king is yet again proving he was not a one season wonder after already scoring eight goals so far this season, which is double the next leading goalscorer for Liverpool. Unfortunately, he cannot add to his tally this weekend due to his positive COVID-19 test.
Sadio Mane (4 League goals so far this season) – Salah’s fellow counterpart has lived in his shadow so far this season, not quite living up to the expectations he’s set in previous seasons. Although with Salah out this weekend, Mane will add to his tally and get back to his goal-scoring best.
Leicester’s Top Scorers
Jamie Vardy (8 League goals so far this season) – Jamie Vardy has carried on his fantastic form last season and will look to do even better than the 23 goals he bagged. The former Fleetwood man keeps proving his critics wrong and is still scoring for fun and enjoying life at the king Power stadium.
Youri Tielemans (3 League Goals so far this season) – With James Maddison injured and Harvey Barnes yet to get going this season, it has been central midfielder Youri Tielemans left to pick up the pieces for the Foxes being their second highest goalscorer this season. It’s safe to say Leicester would be lost without their main man, Jamie Vardy.
- Liverpool have won 29 of their last 30 home matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Liverpool‘s last 11 home Premier League games
- Leicester have won their last 4 away Premier League matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Leicester‘s last 6 away Premier League games
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|30th December 2017||LIV 2-1 LEI||English Premier League|
Jack’s Betting Tips
With Liverpool scoring at least two goals in twenty-eight of their last thirty home matches and with their defence in an injury crisis and Vardy firing on all cylinders, it seems impossible that both teams don’t score this Sunday at Anfield.
Both Liverpool and Leicester have an excellent goal-scoring record so far this season, with both teams scoring eighteen goals. Along with Liverpool having the second worst defensive record, we could be in for a Sunday evening blockbuster.
If Leicester are to score, it is unlikely that it will be anyone else other than Jamie Vardy, and with Liverpool’s defence as fragile as it is you would think he would have a field day. Although, it just seems that no matter what you throw at Liverpool, they will always seem to win at Anfield and being able to keep their unbeaten home record alive.
*Odds as of time of writing (Friday 20th November 2020) and subject to change.
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