Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Leicester City v Liverpool and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Leicester v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 01/09/18
- Time: 12:30
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Premier League leaders Liverpool take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium for the Lunch time game. Liverpool have won their first 3 games without conceding a goal, whilst Leicester have responded well to their opening day defeat with 2 straight wins, the most recent win coming thanks to a late goal from Harry ‘Slab Head’ Maguire to see off Southampton at St Mary’s. Maguire is 18/1 (SkyBet) to Score a Header on Saturday.
This game does pose a tricky situation for both sides and more importantly it’s a head scratcher for us punters. As Gandhi once said “never back the early kick-off”. Well hopefully we can find a good way into this game to make a bit of cash.
Leicester have a good recent record at home against Liverpool having won 3 of their last 4 home games in all competitions against the Reds and with their recent wins they are sure to go into the game full of confidence that they can get a positive result against a tough Liverpool side. Leicester manager Claude Puel has just 1 defeat in 7 matches against Liverpool during his managerial career.
Games between these two have often seen both sides score in the match 7 times out of their last 10 games across all competitions. Now much has been made of Liverpool’s improved defence this season and this could be there toughest challenge yet with Leicester posing threats from open play and set pieces.
Leicester will most likely be comfortable and set up to play on the counter attack against Liverpool who will most likely dominate the ball. However Liverpool have found a way to break stubborn teams down so far this year and they won’t be fazed by seeing a blue wall in front of them, particularly when you have Salah, Mane and Firmino buzzing around in attack.
Both teams to score in this game is best priced 10/11 with Betfair which could be a good way into the game as both sides will pose a threat. 5 out of the last 6 games between these two sides have seen over 2.5 goals scored and Marathon Bet are best priced 8/11 for that to happen again on Saturday.
Another interesting stat line that I came across is that in Liverpool have been ahead at half time in 13 of their last 15 victories and they are Even money (William Hill) to be ahead at half-time in this game.
Looking at which player might score first in this match and you’re drawn to the strike force of Liverpool. Mo Salah has obliged twice already this season and he’s 3/1 with SkyBet to do so again on Saturday, might be foolish to look elsewhere but should you be inclined to do so Saido Mane is a 6/1 chance with Betway. For the home side I would say there best bet to score first in the match would be attacking Midfielder, James Maddison, who has already opened his account for the Foxes this season. Maddison will likely be the driving force in any attacks that Leicester creates and it wouldn’t be the worst shout to see the young man grab a goal in what could be an open game. Maddison is 12/1 (SportPesa) to score first and he is 22/5 (UniBet) to score at any time during the game. Should you want to back both Salah and Maddison to score in the game you can with SkyBet at 8/1.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy misses out as he serves the last of his three-match suspension.
Summer signing Caglar Soyuncu is still building fitness after injury, while Matty James remains sidelined by an Achilles problem.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is not yet ready for a first appearance of the season as he continues his rehabilitation from a pelvic problem
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee.
Potential Leicester Starting XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Gray, Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Iheanacho
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Djik, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Head To Head
- Liverpool ended a run of three straight defeats in all competitions away at Leicester with a 3-2 victory in September 2017.
- The Reds have won eight of their last 12 league matches against the Foxes.
Key Stats & Facts
- The Reds are aiming to open a season with four straight league victories for the first time since 1990.
- Jurgen Klopp's side have only faced 19 attempts on goal in their three matches so far, fewer than any other team.
- If James Milner is involved, he would become the fourth player to make 100 Premier League appearances for three different clubs – emulating Rory Delap, Gareth Barry and Gary Speed.
- Leicester 71/10
- Draw 4/1
- Liverpool 7/15
It’s a tasty game in prospect at the King Power Stadium and hopefully as a neutral we will see goals. There’s nothing worse than a 0-0 draw to start the weekend. These two sides will slug it out but I would say that Liverpool’s strength in attack will come to the fore.