Leicester City host struggling Liverpool at King Power Stadium as they look to hold on to the pole position in English Premier League.
The Foxes have swept aside Stoke City by 3-0 in their last outing stretching their unbeaten run to five matches in the Premier League. The time has come for the team to start dreaming about winning the league.
Liverpool are coming on the back of a 0-0 FA cup draw against West Ham on Saturday. The Reds have so far played four matches in the space of ten days and this is the time fatigue will be an issue for most of the first team players.
Leicester City vs Liverpool: Form Comparison
Leicester City are unbeaten in the last five league games and interestingly their last defeat came from the hands of Liverpool at Anfield stadium. The Foxes have lost only two matches to season, the other being Arsenal in the opening months of the season. Their recent displays prove that they are a real force to reckon regardless where they play.
Liverpool look like an unsettled side and their results are far from consistent. There are only two wins from their last five matches and their defense is extremely vulnerable. Injuries haven’t helped the side either and Klopp was forced to tinker with his starting eleven far too often.
Leicester City vs Liverpool : Head-to-Head Stats
Liverpool are unbeaten against Leicester City in the last seven league games and the record reads five wins and two draws. Leicester’s last win against the Red came in the early 2000-01 season.
The reverse fixture of the game ended in 1-0 win for Liverpool helped by a Benteke goal, thus becoming only the second team to inflict a defeat on Leicester City this season.
Leicester City: Team News
Claudio Ranieri has no fresh injury concerns and Ritchie De Laet remains the only absentee for this match. The Italian is expected to field the same eleven which started against in the excellent 3-0 win against Stoke last weekend.
Leicester City: Predicted Lineup (4-4-2)
Schmeichel – Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson – Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez – Vardy, Okazaki.
Liverpool: Team News
Jurgen Klopp will miss his a number of first team players like Coutinho, Origi and Ings due to injury. There are encouraging news on Sturridge returning to full fitness but seems an unlikely candidate to rush against a high intensity side Leicester.
Klopp had started the FA cup tie against West Ham with a number of players from the reserve side. But here, we expect him to revert back to his the same line started against Norwich last weekend.
Leicester City: Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Moreno, Sakho, Lovren, Clyne – Henderson, Leiva, Can – Ibe, Milner, Firmino.
Leicester City vs Liverpool : Prediction
Liverpool’s 5-4 league win against Nowich City away from home last weekend was nothing more than dramatic. But it also shows us the problems the team are facing at the moment. The defense could be breached by teams playing direct style of football. And this could be a big worry for Klopp who is already in trouble with congested fixtures and injuries to key players.
Leicester know only one way to play and that is by sending the ball forward. On top of that they are very direct and physical. Jamie Vardy came back to goal scoring ways against Stoke before failing to score in consecutive outings. On top of that the team is well rested and fresh and will go into the match as clear favorites.
I could see Leicester grabbing a comfortable win to keep hold on to their position as league leaders at the end of match day 24.