Liverpool v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 28, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Anfield - Premier League

Liverpool welcome Leicester to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, in the final round of Premier League fixtures in 2017. The Reds come into the game on the back of a five goal haul against Swansea, while the visitors were beaten on Boxing Day despite taking the lead.

Past Meetings

Liverpool were 3-2 winners earlier this season thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. That was the first away win in this fixture for seven games, while the Foxes won a League Cup tie between the teams just a few days earlier.

Team News

The scorer of Liverpool’s decisive goal last time misses out, with Alberto Moreno joining Henderson on the sidelines. Daniel Sturridge is a doubt after suffering an illness, while Nathaniel Clyne is expected to be out for another six weeks after back surgery.

Foxes boss Claude Puel will be without Danny Simpson for this one, as the full-back’s hamstring issue is expected to keep him out for another couple of weeks. Fellow defender Robert Huth is the manager’s only absentee, although he could be back in contention early in the new year.

Liverpool v Leicester Preview and Predictions

After splashing out a world record fee for Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will hope that his defence can stand tall before the Dutchman completes his move on January 1. Although it’s never certain which Leicester will turn up, they always pose a threat on the break and the pace of their counter attacks will be a problem for the hosts.

Whether Leicester can get anything out of the game will largely depend on the fare that Liverpool’s attack serves up. If the likes of Salah, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are in the same mood as they were on Boxing Day, the odd goal won’t be enough for the visitors. Central defenders Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan will be direct competitors for a starting place after this game, so they’ll both be out to impress.

If the duo can keep things tight in the Liverpool defence, then the Anfield faithful will be confident of seeing their team win. The bookmakers certainly seem to think the Reds will have enough, pricing them at 1/3. Leicester meanwhile are available at 10/1, which does seem a little generous considering the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been in good form of late. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s 27/5.

Recommended Bets

Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 8/5

Lengthen your odds on the home win by predicting Leicester will manage to score at least once against Liverpool’s suspect backline.

Salah to score and Liverpool to win at 6/5

The Egyptian forward has 15 goals in his 19 Premier League games so far this season, and 21 in all competitions, making this bet look very tempting.

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