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Leicester City vs Liverpool - Match Preview

22 Sep 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Leicester City

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
16:30 GMT
23 September 2017

Liverpool FC

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L

Kick-off
16:30 GMT 23 September 2017

In matchweek six of the 2017/18 Premier League season, we see a fixture between two big English clubs that we saw in the week in the Carabao Cup. Like Tuesday night, Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes will be hoping to repeat the 2-0 scoreline from the League Cup match but neither side has particularly impressed so far this term. With just four points on the board, Leicester sit precariously above the relegation zone in 15th whilst their upcoming opponents are 8th with eight points.

STATS

  • As mentioned it has been a tough start for Craig Shakespeare in his new role and with just one win in their first five games, many Leicester fans are starting to doubt the decision to hire him. However, their start has been tough and losses to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea were always expected. A 1-1 draw with Huddersfield in their last league match was extremely disappointing.
  • Liverpool’s first few games weren’t too bad as they picked up seven points from their first three matches including a strong 4-0 win over Arsenal but they haven’t won since then. They were destroyed 4-0 by Manchester City a week after their Gunners triumph and this was made worse as they failed to beat Burnley at Anfield despite having 35 shots.
  • Jamie Vardy is back to his goal scoring ways and with four goals in his first five games of the campaign, only Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku have scored more than the former non-leaguer.
  • The dynamic strike force of Liverpool is already in full flow this season. New signing, Mohamed Salah, is off the mark with three goals along with Sadio Mane also on three, who misses the match through suspension.

HEAD TO HEAD

Since the Foxes’ return to the top flight in the 2014/2015 season, Liverpool haven’t had it easy against them, especially not away from homr. In the six league games, the Reds have won three, lost two and drawn one with Leicester. Shakespeare’s side have won two of the three matches at home and the last league game ended with them beating Klopp’s men 3-1 in the English’s coaches first game as interim manager.

LEICESTER CITY NEWS

Three points would be fantastic for Leicester in this match and could see them move away from the danger area. They have had an injury pushback in the middle of the park as Matty James has been ruled out for a few weeks which could pave the way for Vicente Iborra to start. Jamie Vardy is a doubt after not making the squad in midweek.

Latest matches: Leicester City

19.09.2017 EFL Leicester City Liverpool FC 2:0 W
16.09.2017 Prem Huddersfield Town Leicester City 1:1 D
09.09.2017 Prem Leicester City Chelsea FC 1:2 L
26.08.2017 Prem Manchester United Leicester City 2:0 L
22.08.2017 EFL Sheffield United Leicester City 1:4 W

LIVERPOOL NEWS

As Klopp’s job is coming under fire at Anfield, it is vital that Liverpool come away from the Midlands with maximum points but the suspension of Mane will hit them hard. Joel Matip and Emre Can might also miss the match but will need late fitness tests while Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are still injured.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

19.09.2017 EFL Leicester City Liverpool FC 2:0 L
16.09.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Burnley FC 1:1 D
13.09.2017 UEFA Liverpool FC Sevilla FC 2:2 D
09.09.2017 Prem Manchester City Liverpool FC 5:0 L
27.08.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Arsenal FC 4:0 W

SUMMARY

After poor starts by both sides, it’s tough to pick a winner in this match. In their two home games so far in the league, Leicester have been very good even though they were on the receiving end of a 2-1 loss to Chelsea. They also showed in the week that they are good enough to beat a stronger Liverpool side. However due to the sheer superiority of Klopp’s squad, they are slight favourites going into the match. It is certainly a game that could easily go either way.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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