Leicester City -V- Liverpool Preview


Leicester City can extend their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League when they welcome Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Tueaday night.

Thirteen points separate the two clubs. Liverpool sit seventh, eight points adrift of a Champions League spot. Leicester will try to continue their good form and aim to push on in their Premier League title charge.

Liverpool recently reached the League Cup final after a penalty shootout win over Stoke City before they were held 0-0 by West Ham in the F.A Cup fourth-round on Saturday. Jürgen Klopp made ten changes to the side and fielded a number of youngsters. The kids did themselves proud with another solid performance. I expect a similar team to start in the replay at Upton Park in a few weeks time.

If Liverpool beat West Ham in the replay they will face Championship side Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the F.A Cup fifth-round.

Team news for Liverpool

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is set to return, after sitting out at the weekend to rest his heel problem. He will make his 200th appearance for the club.

Jürgen Klopp also confirmed in his press conference on Monday afternoon that Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho and defender Martin Skrtel are all set to return to training this week, but will not be considered for the match against Leicester.

Opta Stats:

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against the Foxes (W5 D2).

Liverpool have allowed their opponents to score with their first shot on target in all four Premier League games so far in 2016.

The last time these two sides met was at Anfield on Boxing Day last year. The Reds won the game, 1-0. Christian Benteke with the only goal, which gave Liverpool all three points.

The last meeting between the two sides at the King Power Stadium also ended in a Liverpool win. Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were on the scoresheet in the 3-1 win.

You just don’t know what you’ll get with Liverpool. They have been very inconsistent under Klopp, so far.

It’s a tricky game to predict, but I’m going for a 1-1 draw. Which I don’t think would be a bad result for both sides, considering the circumstances.

I expect Jürgen Klopp to start with Roberto Firmino at false nine, with out of favour Christian Benteke on the bench. It will also be interesting to see if midfielder Joe Allen has worked his way into the side after recent performances. I think Klopp may start the Welshman over Brazilian Lucas Leiva.

My predicted lineup: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Emre Can, Allen, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Firmino.

Fancy a bet? In form Roberto Firmino to score and Liverpool to win @ 9/2 with Paddy Power.

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