Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Leicester vs Liverpool: Reds too strong for depleted Foxes

Kick-off: 2000, 28/12/2021

Stadium: King Power Stadium

TV: Amazon Prime

Liverpool needed penalties to edge out Leicester in the EFL Cup just before Christmas but have some big guns to bring back for this Premier League clash.

The Reds should also benefit from a Boxing Day break after their game against Leeds was postponed, so everything is in their favour.

We’re going with 2.5 for an away win and both teams to score as our first Leicester vs Liverpool prediction.

Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester showed plenty of spirit in Sunday’s action-packed 6-3 loss at Manchester City after initially being blown away by the Blues.

The Foxes fought back from 4-0 down after just 25 minutes to only trail 4-3 midway through the second half before the champions pulled clear again.

“We are a team that never unravel mentally and physically, even though that would have been an easy thing to do,” said Brendan Rodgers.

“The players showed an incredible spirit and played some great football to get to 4-3. Even at 5-3, we had two really good chances.

“It was a big ask against the champions, who had had a free week to prepare and didn’t have too many players missing, but the players took that on and I was so proud of them.”

Leicester are a better team than their mid-table position suggests but they are missing some key players at present, especially in defence.

Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, Wesley Fofana and James Justin are all sidelined while Jonny Evans is also doubtful with a hamstring issue.

Looking at the 3.9 for the visitors to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1.

Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Amartey, Vestergaard, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Dewsbury-Hall, Iheanacho, Perez, Lookman.

Liverpool’s Betting Odds

Liverpool had Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Thiago absent due to Covid restrictions when drawing 3-3 with Leicester in the cup before shading a shoot-out 5-4.

Alisson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were also rested for that contest while Diogo Jota only came on for the second half.

Jurgen Klopp should be better prepared for this tussle, even though Andrew Robertson is suspended.

The Reds dropped two points when drawing at Tottenham in their last league match but had previously rattled off six straight top-flight victories.

Klopp was very vocal in criticising the number of games teams were scheduled to play over the festive period, so the Leeds postponement may not have been a bad thing.

Liverpool are now six points adrift of Manchester City at the top of the table, though, so need to get back on track here.

Jota has scored in both of his appearances against Leicester since joining Liverpool and once hit a hat-trick versus the Foxes when with Wolves.

After netting seven times in his last eight outings, 4.5 for the Portugal ace to break the deadlock at King Power Stadium is added to our Leicester vs Liverpool betting tips.

Last Liverpool EPL line-up: Alisson, Konate, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Keita, Jota, Morton, Mane, Salah.

Additional stats

Player statistic

1st half
    4' Yellow card Joel Matip
    16' Missed penalty Mohamed Salah
2nd half
Ademola Lookman
(Assist: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall)
Goal 59'    

Match statistic

37
Possession
63
6
Total shots
21
1
Shots on target
4
2
Shots off target
12
3
Blocked shots
5
1
Corners
12
3
Offsides
1
8
Fouls
11

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