Leicester City v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Leicester City v Liverpool

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Thursday, December 26, 2019


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

Liverpool start this game as favourites with the odds of victory at over evens with Bet365. This makes backing a Liverpool victory very attractive but Leicester are at home and how much the Club World Cup took out of Liverpool remains to be seen. We are still confident of a Reds win and will also back the over 3.5 cards market offered at 8/11. This is a market that has materialised in the last five meetings between these two and with this likely to be a combative affair, lots of bookings are likely to be produced.

Second placed Leicester City welcome leaders Liverpool to the King Power Stadium in a mouth-watering top of the table clash to round off the action on Boxing Day. Leicester will be desperate to get back to winning ways while Liverpool will be looking to increase the gap at the top to 13 points before Manchester City play.

Leicester City have had an incredible season thus far and currently sit in second ahead of Manchester City. The Foxes went on an eight game winning streak in the league and won 12 out of 13 games in all competitions before drawing 1-1 against Norwich City. That result slowed them down as Norwich had their moments and took the lead through Teemu Pukki. Although Leicester equalised through a Tim Krul own goal, they could not get the winner despite having the whole second half to do so. They also fashioned some good openings against Manchester City playing effectively on the counter-attack and taking the lead through Jamie Vardy. But City’s dominance of the ball and quality told in the end as they hit three goals through Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus to take the points. This would have enabled Brendan Rodgers to see where his team still needs to improve but he will be confident they can secure a top four place over the remainder of the season and he will be desperate to get one over on his former employers.

Liverpool return from Qatar as World Champions having beaten Flamengo in the Final. Roberto Firmino scored winning goals in both their Club World Cup games but the final did go to extra time and the effects of this remain to be seen when the teams take to the field on Boxing Day. Jurgen Klopp will be confident that the opportunity to open up a 13 point gap above Leicester with a game in hand will be all the motivation his team needs and that they can add to their 16 league wins thus far. The fact that goals have started to come again across the front three bodes well for the rest of the season with players brought in through rotation also contributing. The Reds will most likely setup with a dynamic midfield which will look to press high up the pitch and stop the supply line to Jamie Vardy. Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum have typified this and will most likely partner up with the rejuvenated Naby Keita in looking to snuff out the danger from Leicester.

In team news Leicester will make a late call on Harvey Barnes who suffered an ankle injury against Manchester City. Midfielder Matty James, who has not featured since January because of an Achilles injury is back in training but not yet available. The rest of the team is unlikely to be changed too much from that which started at Manchester City with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans supporting Jamie Vardy.

Liverpool will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has damaged his ankle ligaments ruling him out for a prolonged period of time. Fabinho, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip all remain out so Joe Gomez looks set to partner Virgil Van Dijk with the aforementioned Henderson, Wijnaldum and Keita likely to form a midfield three. For such a big game the usual front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino are likely to lead the line.
In recent years Liverpool have had the better of this fixture with Leicester last winning back in February 2017. Jamie Vardy bagged a brace that day and he will be looking to repeat the trick this time around. The Reds won the reverse fixture earlier in the season although it needed a very late penalty from James Milner to bag the points. Earlier James Maddison had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener and the teams were tightly matched which could be a similar story on Thursday.

Punter's Pick

Liverpool start this game as favourites with the odds of victory at over evens with Bet365. This makes backing a Liverpool victory very attractive but Leicester are at home and how much the Club World Cup took out of Liverpool remains to be seen. We are still confident of a Reds win and will also back the over 3.5 cards market offered at 8/11. This is a market that has materialised in the last five meetings between these two and with this likely to be a combative affair, lots of bookings are likely to be produced.

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