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Liverpool kick off the English Premier League weekend on Saturday lunchtime with a crunch clash at Leicester that sees both sides in need of a reboot.
The pair have fallen off Manchester City’s searing pace at the top of the EPL table in recent weeks, leaving them jostling for elbow room in an increasingly congested top-four battle.
Jurgen Klopp watched on in horror at Anfield last Sunday as his side were thumped 4-1 by City, making it back-to-back defeats and a fifth of the season in total.
It leaves the reigning champions fourth coming into the weekend, ten points adrift of the summit and casting a nervous glance over their collective shoulder at the teams on the charge below.
Deadline day signing Ozan Kabak is a candidate to start in defence, if Klopp decides to push Jordan Henderson back into his midfield home, with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all still missing.
Diogo Jota isn’t too far away from his return from injury, while Naby Keita is doubtful.
The Foxes are in the midst of an iffy patch of their own, with last weekend’s stalemate at Wolves leaving the shock 2016 title winners with one victory in their last four.
Boss Brendan Rodgers goes up against his former employers with the upper hand, though, with the East Midlands side third in the Premier League table and three points above their under-pressure visitors.
James Justin and Ayoze Perez both picked up knocks on FA Cup duty, leaving them uncertain to face the reigning champions.
Timothy Castagne, Wesley Fofana, Wes Morgan and Dennis Praet are also among the injury concerns for Rodgers ahead of the blockbuster clash.
Leicester vs Liverpool: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Leicester City has picked up 8 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Leicester City has scored 6 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Liverpool’s defence will have to be at their best today if they’re to stop Leicester City from scoring. The home side has scored in the last 4 games in front of their own fans. They have failed to score in 3 home matches this season.
- Leicester City has put together a good run of form and has now gone 2 games without defeat.
- Leicester City has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 4 goals during this period. Overall this season, their defence has kept a clean sheet on 9 occasions.
- Leicester City will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Liverpool, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 2 and drawn 2
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Leicester City has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 2 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 10/23 games for Leicester City this season.
- Coming into this game, Liverpool has picked up 6 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Liverpool has scored 7 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Liverpool has enjoyed playing away from home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 2 games.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Liverpool recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- In the last 5 matches for Liverpool, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 14 matches (61% of all matches) involving Liverpool has seen BTTS landing.
Stats source: footystats.org
Leicester vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Leicester vs Liverpool: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Leicester Starting XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Christian Fuchs, Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Jamie Vardy.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.