Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Leicester vs Liverpool: Rattled Reds worth opposing

Kick-off: 1230, 13/02/2021

Stadium: King Power Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Leicester have the chance to condemn Liverpool to a third successive Premier League defeat and open up a six-point gap on the defending champions when Brendan Rodgers faces his former club.

Liverpool’s poor run of form has allowed the third-placed Foxes to leapfrog them in the table and victory for the hosts on Saturday would be a huge boost for their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Liverpool have only won two of their nine league games since Christmas so a home win at 6/4 in the ‘draw no bet’ market is too tempting to ignore as our opening Leicester vs Liverpool prediction.

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester have seemed better suited to playing on their travels this season with five of their six Premier League defeats coming at the King Power Stadium.

We’re not overly concerned by that trend though, given the standard of the opposition they are up against.

Liverpool are likely to dominate possession and their recent results mean they are under pressure to push for victory if they are to have any hope of getting back in the title race.

That could play into the hands of Leicester, who admittedly were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the season.

The injured Diogo Jota was one of the key players in that game though and Liverpool have been struggling for goals recently, while Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes and James Maddison have the potential to cause problems for Liverpool’s makeshift defence.

Vardy will be seen as the biggest threat but has gone seven games without a goal, while Barnes has been on target in five of his 11 outings since Christmas.

Having been an unused substitute in the 1-0 FA Cup win against Brighton on Wednesday, Barnes should be fresh and looks good value at 13/5 to score at any time in the Leicester vs Liverpool odds.

Last Leicester line-up: Ward, Justin, Soyuncu, Amartey, Thomas, Daley-Campbell, Tielemans, Under, Ndidi, Vardy Perez.

Defender James Justin has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Dennis Praet, Wesley Fofana and Timothy Castagne are out with hamstring issues while Wes Morgan (back) is also sidelined.

A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds

Liverpool were top of the Premier League at Christmas but have now slipped to fourth in the table and instead of looking over their shoulders at potential title rivals, they are now more concerned about hanging on to a Champions League place.

While they have scored 10 goals fewer than at the same stage last season, it is in defence where their biggest problems lie.

The 29 goals conceded is almost double last season’s tally of 15 and they have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last five matches.

That could prompt Jurgen Klopp to field at least one of his deadline-day signings this weekend, with Ozan Kabak looking most likely to be ahead of former Preston captain Ben Davies given his Bundesliga experience.

Klopp will have had 10 days in which to get the pair ready for the challenge but it could be another busy afternoon for goalkeeper Alisson Becker, whose confidence cannot have been helped by the two glaring mistakes he made in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Manchester City.

This has the makings of a high-scoring game and over 3.5 goals has paid out in four of Liverpool’s last five matches in all competitions so that completes our Leicester vs Liverpool betting tips at 6/4.

Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Henderson, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

Stand-in centre-back Fabinho will miss out with a muscle issue so that increases the chances of Kabak making his debut.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara was absent from some training earlier in the week and may not feature.

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Last result:

LEICESTER 1-0 Brighton – Kelechi Iheanacho

LIVERPOOL 1-4 Man City – Mohamed Salah

Head-to-head: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester, Leicester 0-4 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-1 Leicester, Liverpool 1-1 Leicester, Leicester 1-2 Liverpool

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