Leicester City v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 18, 2017
Anfield - Carabao Cup
Liverpool take on Leicester City in one of the most intriguing match ups in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday night.
Recent meetings between these two sides have provided plenty of goals and action, with two wins apiece in their last four meetings. The most memorable recent meeting was in February 2016 at the King Power Stadium, in which Jamie Vardy's spectacular goal propelled the Foxes on to a title win.
Liverpool's last win against the Foxes on their home turf was in December 2014, winning 3-1 on the day, following the dismissal of Leicester City skipper Wes Morgan.
Both managers are expected to ring the changes to their starting line ups for this cup game, with Klopp already revealing that a number of fringe players will get the chance to start for the Reds. Summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start, alongside goalkeeper Danny Ward and Daniel Sturridge, with Jon Flanagan and James Milner also set to play.
Striker Danny Ings has returned to first team training following a lenghty injury lay off, but he is not expected to be fit in time to start this game.
Midfielder Adam Lallana and defender Nathaniel Clyne are both still sidelined through thigh and back injuries respectively, and are not expected to be back in action until October.
German international Robert Huth has returned to training for Leicester this week, following surgery over the summer, however he is still some way short of match fitness.
Striker Jamie Vardy faces a late fitness test on a groin injury, although he is unlikely to be risked unless he is 100%, with a busy set of fixtures for the Foxes just around the corner.
Defender Christian Fuchs is out after suffering a freak eye injury in training, he joins midfielder Matty James on the sidelines- as he continues his recovery from an achilles injury.
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is also expected to name a starting XI with fringe players involved, Darnell Johnson, Hamza Chowdhury, Andy King and Leonardo Ulloa all in line for some game time.
Leicester City v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
As a curiosity of this fixture Tuesday night's is the second time these two sides will play each other in the space of five days, with Liverpool back at the King Power Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League meeting.
Hosts Leicester have endured a frustrating start to the season, primarily due to being matched up with the Premier League big guns in their opening fixtures this season. Defeats against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have dented their confidence, with the only wins so far coming against Brighton and Sheffield United in the second round of this competition.
Liverpool have also hit a rough patch of form following an impressive start to the season, a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of rivals Manchester City and successive draws against Sevilla and Burnley, have consigned the wins over Arsenal and Crystal Palace to the memory.
With home advantage and without the added burden of European football this season, Leicester look better placed to go and win this game as the competition presents a viable opportunity for silverware this season, and a home win is priced at 21/10.
Both sides have plenty of goal treat at their disposal, and neither have looked particularly confident in defence so far this season, so a high scoring games looks to be on the cards in Leicester on Tuesday night- and an over 2.5 goals bet is priced at 4/6.
Leicester to win 2-1 at 9/1
Shakespeare's side will be looking to the likes of Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki to unsettle a notoriously unconvincing Liverpool back line, and they sould get some joy if Liverpool are unable to settle. The pace of Vardy in behind will be a huge concern for Liverpool, who have some nightmarish memories of the England international.
Jamie Vardy to score first at 9/2
If Vardy is passed fit he will lead the line for Leicester, even if he does not last the full 90 minutes, he is the Foxes top scorer so far this season with four goals. He has two goals in his last two games, both penalties, and his ability from the spot will be something Liverpool will need to be wary of if they concede needless fouls.