Even at a top-price 11/10 with bwin.com, Liverpool are poor value to claim their second away win in eight matches at Leicester, with Nigel Pearson’s hosts begging to be backed for victory at 13/5.
Despite the fact that Pearson’s men have failed to claim all three points from any of their past eight games, the Foxes have only lost one of their six league fixtures since returning to England’s top table at the start of this term.
Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United have all left the east Midlands without a win so far in the campaign, each of whom have been in much better form during 2014/15 than Brendan Rodgers’ struggling Reds.
Liverpool’s only away triumph in seven all-competition outings since Daniel Sturridge’s injury in early September came at QPR, with Rodgers’ charges scraping a 3-2 win in the dying seconds when they could just as easily have gone down by the reverse scoreline.
West Ham, Basel, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Crystal Palace have all sent them home pointless since, and the Merseysiders only recently snapped their own five-game winless run by beating Stoke 1-0 at Anfield courtesy of Glen Johnson’s late header.
With the added distraction of speculation surrounding the Anfield futures of Johnson, Raheem Sterling and captain Steven Gerrard, who was dropped from the starting line-up for the Potters’ visit, Leicester could hardly have picked a more fragile outift to take on right now.
They’re far too big at 13/5 for the win, although identifying who’ll get on the scoresheet for the hosts is trickier, as top-scorer Leonardo Ulloa, who is a top-price 8/1 with bwin to bag the opener, has now gone eight games without rippling the onion bag.
With that in mind, taking a chance on winger Jeffrey Schlupp at 11/2 to get on the scoresheet, as he has in two of his last five appearances, makes a pile of sense.