Liverpool Withstands Absences
Over the last month, Liverpool played without two of its best players. Even so, the Reds only lost one of their last five English Premier League games. They also managed to advance in the EFL Cup and the FA Cup. Please, stand up and put your hands together for head coach Jurgen Klopp.
Luckily for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah is back because the Reds will face a tough test when hosting Leicester City on Thursday. The Reds have transformed Anfield into a fortress and having the Pharaoh back increased their betting online price up to -390. However, the host Foxes can’t be underestimated, especially after beating Liverpool in December.
Liverpool Stalking Manchester City
Right now, Liverpool is sitting nine points behind EPL-leading Manchester City. However, the Reds have played one fewer game. That means the gap could be only six points and the teams still have to meet in April.
With that in mind, Liverpool can’t afford to lose, just like the Reds didn’t in the last fixture against Crystal Palace. They had no trouble fulfilling their role as online gambling favorites thanks to Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho in the 3-1 victory. That’s right, Liverpool is so good that can score three goals even with Salah and Sadio Mane out.
Last weekend, the Reds defeated Cardiff 3-1 to advance in the FA Cup. Right now you won’t find a more motivated team than Liverpool. They still have the chance to win all competitions.
Anfield is Liverpool’s Fortress of Solitude. Who said sports and comics can’t get along? Anyway, the Reds remain unbeaten at home thanks to a 7-3-0 record. Not even Manchester City remains unbeaten at home.
While Salah is back, Sadio Mane remains unavailable after winning the African Cup with Senegal. Another good call by Klopp — the man deserves some time to celebrate. With Mane still out, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino should be Salah’s partners up front.
Liverpool’s predicted lineup: Allison; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Curtis Jones, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson; Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino.
Leicester City Aiming for Europa League
Remember when Leicester City pulled off an incredible upset and won the EPL title? Yes, it was an amazing accomplishment, but it was six years ago. The Foxes haven’t been the same since that season, but they remain a tempting soccer betting underdog for several reasons.
First, there’s Patson Daka, who has done a great job replacing the injured Jamie Vardy. Daka has scored four goals, including the one that allowed them to draw 1-1 to Brighton in the last fixture. James Maddison and Youri Tielemans have contributed a lot as well. Maddison has scored six goals and Tielemans has five.
Second, the urgency to start winning, at least if they want to remain in the Europa League race. The Foxes currently sit in 10th place, 11 points behind West Ham United (fifth), but they’ve played three games less. You know, COVID-19.
Finally, there is the fact that they’re no longer competing in the FA Cup after being eliminated by Nottingham Forest. Now, they can fully focus on the second half of the EPL season.
Besides Vardy, Papy Mendy won’t be available for the same reason as Mane. Center back Jonny Evans is also out due to injury. This is a great opportunity for substitutes to prove their worth.
Leicester City’s predicted lineup: Kasper Schmeichel; Daniel Amartey, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu; Ricardo Pereira, Youri Tielemans, Boubakary Soumare, Timothy Castagne; James Maddison, Ayoze Perez, Jamie Vardy.
Liverpool vs Leicester City Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 117
- Liverpool Victories: 51 (186 goals)
- Leicester City Victories: 41 (149 goals)
- Draws: 25
Remember I mentioned Liverpool only lost one of its last five EPL games? Well, it was against Leicester City. The Foxes defeated the Reds 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ademola Lookman at King Power Stadium. Liverpool made 21 shots, 15 more than the home side, but sometimes the ball just doesn’t want to get in. Also, Salah missed a penalty shot.
Even so, Liverpool owns a 6-1-3 record in its last 10 meetings with Leicester City. The total went over in eight of those meetings. Spoiler alert: I think that’s going to happen again.
Liverpool vs Leicester City Game Information
- Date: Thursday
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Anfield, Liverpool
- Leicester City vs Liverpool Live Stream: fuboTV
Liverpool vs Leicester City Betting Lines
Liverpool vs Leicester City Prediction
Liverpool is one of those teams that doesn’t lose two games in a row against the same opponent, especially when the first meeting was less than two months ago. Having Salah back will increase the team’s creativity, but he might not be ready to play the whole game. Even so, I expect him to make the difference in a close, back-and-forth battle. After all, we’re talking about the EPL top scorer with 16 goals.
The visitors will put up a good fight, at least enough to cover. That’s why I recommend you include them in your soccer picks.
Score Prediction: Liverpool 2, Leicester City 1