Date & Time: Saturday, December 26, 3:00 PM GMT
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
Head to head record
Liverpool vs Leicester City 2-2 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Leicester City vs Liverpool 1-3 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Leicester City vs Liverpool 0-0 (2003/2004 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Leicester City 2-1 (2003/2004 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Leicester City 1-0 (2001/2002 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Leicester prediction
Saturday’s clash at Anfield sees out-of-form Liverpool square off against high-flying Leicester City on Boxing Day. The Foxes look unstoppable at the moment, but Jurgen Klopp’s troops should not be underestimated as they’ve got quality to match even England’s strongest sides.
Dip in form
Liverpool demolished Southampton (6-1) at St. Mary’s Stadium earlier in December (Capital One Cup), but they have been struggling to find their form ever since. Following a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, the Reds scored a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw with WBA, while suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat to Watford at the weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been slipping down the standings week by week and they do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Leicester City. Liverpool are eyeing a place in the Champions League and seeing that they are just five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, they definitely seem capable of turning their dream into reality. Jurgen Klopp can finally count on most key players and, no doubt, Saturday’s game against Leicester City could be the turning point for the Reds. Seeing that Roberto Firmino failed to impress against Watford, Christian Benteke is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Claudio Ranieri’s troops.
Martin Skrtel suffered a hamstring injury and he is definitely out of contention. Fellow defender Dejan Lovren, though, has overcome his injury and he is pushing for a start. First-choice Simon Mignolet returns to the starting XI as well.
Mahrez-Vardy – the unstoppable duo
Leicester City’s dream continues. Thanks to a 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park the Foxes retained top position in the Premier League standings and they are eager to finish the first half of the season at the league summit. Claudio Ranieri’s side are on a three-match winning run in the national championship and they have been impressive in front of goal of late. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have been producing scintillating performances in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and all eyes will be on the duo when Liverpool and Leicester take on each other at Anfield on Boxing Day. Their attacking partnership has been in a perfect working order this season and you should bear in mind that Vardy and Mahrez have netted 28 goals in total this term. The Foxes are after their fifth consecutive win on the road, but it has been 15 years since they recorded their last victory at Anfield.
Important midfielder Danny Drinkwater is not yet ready to return from injury, while Jeffrey Schlupp misses out as well. The good news is that Robert Huth is back from suspension.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in previous six meetings with Leicester
- The Reds have scored no more than two goals in last four games
- Jurgen Klopp’s team scored 1+ goals in last six home matches in EPL
- Leicester City aim to extend their goal-scoring run to 18 matches
- The Foxes scored exactly three goals in each of their previous four league matches
- Claudio Ranieri’s men have kept two clean sheets in previous three away fixtures
Liverpool vs Leicester betting pick
Both Liverpool and Leicester City are eager to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s festive fixture. The Reds aim to regain their place in top four and given Leicester’s splendid form, there is every chance we will see a real football festival at Anfield. The Foxes have been impressive in front of goal this season and seeing that Jurgen Klopp can count on most key attackers, I believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. When the two sides met at Anfield last season they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Pick: Both teams to score