On Tuesday, Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. For the Foxes, this match comes two days after a 3-6 away defeat against Manchester City. With this, the leaders extended their lead over the Reds to five points. Here, the reigning champions benefited from the postponement of their nearest rivals’ home match against Leeds United. This means that Leicester City with Liverpool face a team who played their last championship encounter so far nine days ago. The second-placed team drew 2-2 at Tottenham Hotspur on 19 December. The Foxes then visited the Reds in the Carabao Cup and lost on penalties after leading 3-1.
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What speaks for Leicester City?
- Won the last two home matches so far
- Scored three goals in both the Carabao Cup clash with the Reds and the 3-6 defeat at Manchester City
What speaks for Liverpool?
- Unbeaten after the international break last month, winning for example the first six championship matches
- Best attack in the league with fifty goals scored (Manchester City hold the same number, but have played one more fixture)
- The squad is broader in terms of quality
- Unlike the Foxes, the Reds did not appear two days earlier on Boxing Day
For this, Tuesday fixture on the 20th matchday, we have prepared an interesting betting analysis for you with odds of 1.95.
Analysis Leicester City
For Leicester City, the home game against Liverpool comes two days after a 3-6 away defeat to Manchester City. Following a 1-2 at Aston Villa, this was the second loss within three league matches for the team managed by Brendan Rodgers. In between, the Foxes won 4-0 at home to Newcastle United. However, this was just as meaningless as a 4-2 success at the King Power Stadium against Watford on 5 December. Because: Both the Magpies and the Hornets rank in the last fifth of the league.
The direct duels against the other teams in the top fifth of the table ended in a wholly different way. Leicester City lost at home 0-2 to Arsenal on 30 October and 0-3 to Chelsea three weeks later. Furthermore, there were draws at Leeds (1-1) and Southampton (2-2). And also the appearance of Leicester City in the Carabao Cup at Liverpool did not contribute to their self-confidence. After all, the Foxes squandered their 3-1 advantage in the last 20 minutes.
Additionally, Leicester City several players are partly for sure out and partly in doubt. Liverpool also compete without numerous stars, but the Reds’ squad has, in general, a higher quality. Thus, the absences of Jamie Vardy, Hamza Choudhury, Ricardo Pereira and Çağlar Söyüncü definitely have more impact.
Liverpool went into the international break with a 2-3 away defeat against West Ham United on 7 November. Thereafter, in terms of results, things went like clockwork for the Reds for a long time. After all, Jürgen Klopp’s team won eight competitive matches in a row. Thereby, Liverpool achieved six successes in the Premier League and two ones in the Champions League.
This winning streak ended on 19 December with a 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur. Here Andrew Robertson became the tragic hero. The Scottish defender gave the Reds the lead in the 69th minute and was sent off eight minutes later. In between, Son Heung-Min scored the decisive goal.
Robertson is now one of nine players who will be out for Liverpool’s away match. Furthermore, the absences of Virgil Van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Divock Origi are particularly significant. They also impacted the Carabao Cup match at home against Leicester City. There, more than 3.5 goals were scored for the seventh time in eleven competitive matches involving the Reds.
This event also applied to eleven of the last thirteen championship matches of Jürgen Klopp’s team so far. And, for instance, more than 3.5 goals were netted in a 3-1 home win over Newcastle United. This represented their sixth Premier League win in a row. The scheduled appearance at Anfield Road against Leeds United on Boxing Day had to be postponed. Manchester City benefited from this and extended their lead to five points.
Head-to-head comparison Leicester City – Liverpool
This is the second clash between Leicester City and Liverpool in around two weeks. On 22 December, the Foxes squandered a 3-1 lead at the Reds in the Carabao Cup and then lost on penalties. In the 2020/2021 season, the teams played against each other only in the Premier League. Leicester City experienced against Liverpool a 0-3 away defeat and a 3-1 home victory.
Betting tip Leicester City – Liverpool
Excluding the Carabao Cup clash, ahead of Leicester City’s home clash with Liverpool, almost everything is in the Reds’ favour. For the visitors, a series of six wins ended with the 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent league appearance. But who knows how that encounter would have ended without Robertson’s red card? On the other hand, we know for certain that eleven of the Reds’ last thirteen league matches so far have also seen more than 3.5 goals scored.
The same event also applied to four of Leicester City’s last five league appearances to date. The exception came in the 1-2 away defeat to Aston Villa. The Foxes then suffered their second defeat within three league games with the 3-6 loss at Manchester City. Moreover, they have lost four of their last eight league appearances.
Betting tip: Liverpool & Over 3.5 goals, odds 1.95 at Betway.
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