With just one win from their 5 Premier League matches this season, Leicester City’s 2017-18 season is beginning to look very much like the last one. The drawn match against Huddersfield saw the Foxes managing just one shot on target and conceding as much as 60 per cent possession to the Terriers. The starting upfront duo of Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho had to replaced by Demarai Gray and Okazaki mid-way through the second half but to little effect. The saving grace for Craig Shakespeare’s men was the lone penalty converted by Jamie Vardy in the 50th minute that saved Leicester from the blushes. Leicester will have to show the same amount of pluck Burnley showed on Saturday in holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw. Jurgen Klopp’s men did everything possible to get goals but ending up finding just one. Mohamamad Salah, the lone scorer for the Reds, was sheer lighting on the wings and created umpteen opportunities. He was ably supported by Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can. Coutinho who made his first entry into Liverpool’s starting line-up was off-colur and it’s hoped that he would at the Bet365 stadium on Saturday. It’s inconceivable for Liverpool not to get more goals than they did against Burnley, if they were to play in the same fashion against the Foxes (71 per cent possession and 35 attempts on goal).
Saturday’s Premier league clash with Liverpool will be Leicester’s third at home this season having won against Brighton in the first and lost narrowly to Chelsea in second 1-2. Although the Reds could be all over the hosts like a rash, Leicester could find enough opportunities to hit back on the breaks as Burnley did with almost successful results. This is where the speedy Islam Slimani and Jami Vardy will play important roles upfront.
The odds point to a 15/2 (Skybet) for a 2-1 win for Liverpool.Book-makers, in fact, are more upbeat about a 1-1 draw that’s going for odds of 11/2 (Skybet).The Foxes have won both their previous home outings against Liverpool with scores reading 2-0 and 3-1, which explains the bookmakers’ caution.
Shakespeare’s men are likely to remain in the second half even if they register a win against the Reds on Saturday, thanks to the 15th spot they occupy on the table with measly 4 points. Liverpool are on the 8th spot (so are 7 other teams) and Jurgen Klopp will be more than eager to muster three from September 23rd’s game.
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