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Liverpool Puts Home Streak on Line

Leicester Seeking First Win at Anfield Since 2000 in EFL Cup

As COVID-19 spreads uncontrollably through the United Kingdom, soccer clubs are struggling to contain outbreaks. If the EFL Cup quarterfinal tie between Liverpool vs Leicester City goes ahead as scheduled, both sides will be missing key players.

There is hope of this match being played as Leicester resumed training on Saturday. Liverpool played in a thrilling match vs Tottenham on Sunday despite a few positive tests.

Liverpool vs Leicester City EFL Cup Quarter final 2021
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As things stand, Liverpool are the soccer betting favorites, with -125 odds.

  • Game: Liverpool F.C. vs Leicester City F.C.
  • Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Team Goal Line Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
Liverpool -½ (-125) -125 3 (-105o) 1½ -150o/+120u
Leicester City +½ (+105) -335 3 (-125u) ½ -215o/-170u
Draw +275

Liverpool vs Leicester City Betting Preview

Head to Head

These sides split their meetings last season as the home team won both matches. Leicester City picked up a 3-1 win at the King Power Stadium and Liverpool shut out the Foxes 3-0 at Anfield.

Leicester hasn’t won at Anfield since 2000 and Liverpool has taken six of the last eight meetings.

Liverpool Coming Off Emotional Match

Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday was a thrilling back-and-forth match. The Reds fell behind early as Harry Kane scored his first home Premier League goal since May.

Kane escaped a red card soon after, with a studs-up challenge on Liverpool left back Andy Robertson. Diogo Jota equalized for Liverpool on a powerful header.

Jota later had a clear penalty shout as he was shoved to the ground by Emerson Royal. However, no spot kick was given. In the second half, Liverpool struck first as Robertson fizzled in a left-footed strike.

Later on, Reds keeper Alisson made an error in judgment coming off his line, which led to an easy equalizer for Son Heung-Min.

Robertson was sent off minutes later on a challenge not too dissimilar from Kane’s, and Jurgen Klopp was absolutely furious. Liverpool accepted its fate and parked the bus for the last 15 minutes to come away with a point.

With the draw, Liverpool fell three points behind first-place Manchester City in the title race. The Reds were missing Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk and Curtis Jones due to suspected positive tests. Thiago Alcantara is also suspected to have tested positive. That should mean all of them will be unavailable on Wednesday.

The Reds have been one of the best soccer picks this season. They’ve breezed through the EFL Cup with a 3-0 win over Norwich and 2-0 victory vs Preston.

Leicester’s Long Layoff

Leicester City’s last two matches have been cancelled amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the club. The Foxes were without seven players in their Europa League closer at Napoli due to COVID and illness and lost 3-2 with a shorthanded squad.

Brendan Rodgers’ team then faced Newcastle at the King Power Stadium and cruised to a 4-0 win. Midfielder Youri Tielemans scored a double and only trails Jamie Vardy in goals among Leicester players.

Leicester, which later registered more positive tests, was scheduled to face Tottenham last Thursday and Everton on Sunday. Both matches were postponed.

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Foxes and that has been apparent when betting online on them. They barely missed out on the top four last season but are currently in ninth place in the Premier League.

Out of the Europa League and in the UEFA Conference League knockout stage, Leicester is in danger of missing out on European competition next year. They could, however, book another place in the Conference League by winning the EFL Cup.

Last year’s FA Cup winners snuck past Brighton on penalty kicks to make the EFL Cup quarterfinal. Now, the first of two matches vs Liverpool in the span of a week awaits.

Prediction

Liverpool hasn’t lost at Anfield this season and that’s a record the Reds will certainly like to extend. Leicester hasn’t played in a while and it’s not clear what to expect from the Foxes.

Even with a shorthanded squad, Liverpool was able to get a point at Tottenham and should win this one. Take Liverpool at -125 odds in the sportsbook.

Pick: Liverpool -125

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