Leicester’s fabled Premier League title win seems a distant memory now, and their journey since then has been far from simple. On Wednesday they visit Anfield, to take on a Liverpool side who now don’t just dream of winning the league, they expect to.
Fortune favours the bold
With just one loss this season, Liverpool are in pole position in the title race. They are yet to lose a game at home, and their blistering performances have seen them net 31 times in front of the Anfield faithful. However, the Redmen’s true strength this season has been in their defence. Largely down to the command of Virgil Van Dijk, in 11 games in front of their own fans, they have conceded just six goals. Liverpool to win to nil is priced at 2.0, for those that fancy another solid display from the league leaders.
But to write Leicester off immediately would be disrespectful, they carry a real threat going forward through Gray, Maddison and of course Jamie Vardy. Leicester wrote their names in the history books off the back of their incisive attacking play, and they will know fine well that their best option is to fight fire with fire rather than sit back and wait for the inevitable onslaught. Both teams to score is priced at 1.9.
Another positive aspect for the visitors is their away record this campaign; they are only bettered on the road by the two Manchester clubs, Tottenham, Chelsea and of course Liverpool. Leicester’s own key central defender, Harry Maguire is fit to start after having treatment on a leg injury sustained last time out which should help to nullify some of Liverpool’s threat from set pieces.
Some disruption to team selection
Liverpool are without James Milner after his dismissal against Crystal Palace. Luckily, Georginio Wijnaldum is available to start after recovering from injury and will slot in to the midfield most likely alongside Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita. No place in the trio for Fabinho who is expected to start at centre half again alongside Virgil Van Dijk, the Brazilian has impressed in the heart of the defence over the past couple of games.
Liverpool’s main miss comes at right back, where Trent Alexander-Arnold is injured. Youngster Rafael Camacho could start in his place, which could be an Achilles’ heel in Liverpool’s air tight home defence. Should the Portuguese under 20 international start at right back, it could be a source of joy for Leicester. Demarai Gray is quick, skilful and unpredictable, not what you want to come up against on your Premier League debut. Gray to score anytime is priced at 7.0.
Alexander-Arnold has also been excellent from dead balls this season, his deliveries in to the box will be a miss for the home side.
Goals goals goals
Only Manchester City have outscored Liverpool this season, and the fantastic front three have scored 20 goals between them at home this campaign. All will start on Wednesday evening and Leicester will have a tough task keeping them out, particularly Sadio Mane. Who, of his nine goals this season, seven of them have come at home. Mane is priced at 4.5 to score first and 1.83 anytime.
Leicester’s games this season have involved an average of 2.5 goals per game, with Liverpool coming in at 2.91. If Leicester do choose to go at the hosts, this will no doubt lead to goals, whether that be for the visitors or the hosts as they look to exploit the gaps that The Foxes could leave.
Over 2.5 goals is available at 1.57.
Crunch time for Klopp
Liverpool’s German leader has been assembling and fine tuning his Liverpool squad for years now, and it finally looks as if he has the players he wants, in the positions he wants, all playing in the system that has made him so highly thought of as a manager. So now really is the time for Liverpool to kick on and make the title theirs. They’ve been in this position before, and any Liverpool fan can tell you it isn’t just the big six that can ruin your title challenge. Klopp will have his players drilled in to taking every game as seriously as the next, regardless of the opponent. This game is an opportunity for the league leaders to come out and make a real statement of intent.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score @ 2.87
Sadio Mane to score first @ 4.5
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.57