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Leicester vs Liverpool - Match Preview

01 Sep 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Leicester City

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  • L
  • W
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  • W

vs

Kick-off
11:30 GMT
01 September 2018

Liverpool FC

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
11:30 GMT 01 September 2018

The Premier League has returned and is already as exciting as ever. One of the biggest games of matchweek four sees Liverpool travel to King Power Stadium to face Leicester City in Saturday's early kick-off.

STATS

  • Following their 9th-place finish last season, Leicester have started well and have picked up six points from their opening three games. The Foxes started with a 2-1 defeat away to Manchester United before beating Wolves 2-0 and Southampton 2-1. Despite some performances that haven’t been particularly convincing, six points from nine is a good start.
  • Liverpool have been even better, they’ve followed up on last term with maximum points so far. They began the campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win against West Ham before a 2-0 win away at Crystal Palace and a 1-0 victory over Brighton at Anfield. The defence has significantly improved after being such a problem for most of last year.
  • If Leicester score on Saturday, James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho are likely to be the two providing either the assists or the goals in Jamie Vardy’s absence.
  • With such a wealth of attacking options, it could be Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino as well as others that come up with the goods in the East Midlands.

HEAD TO HEAD

Since coming up the top-flight in 2014, Leicester’s home record against Liverpool is actually really impressive. They have beaten the English giants in three of the last four home fixtures in all competitions. It’s a game that tends to produce goals with six of the eight since 2014 seeing both teams score and over 2.5 goals. The last match between the two sides was at Anfield in late December last year and a Salah brace inspired Liverpool to a 2-1 win after Vardy’s opener.

LEICESTER NEWS

Three points for the hosts would be a huge result and would provide a solid base for a strong season. However, they are without their star striker, Jamie Vardy who is serving the final game of a suspension. Other than that, Claude Puel has a fully available squad.

Latest matches: Leicester City

28.08.2018 EFL Leicester City Fleetwood Town 4:0 W
25.08.2018 Prem Southampton FC Leicester City 1:2 W
18.08.2018 Prem Leicester City Wolverhampton Wanderers 2:0 W
10.08.2018 Prem Manchester United Leicester City 2:1 L
04.08.2018 Club Lille OSC Leicester City 1:2 W

LIVERPOOL NEWS

A win would maintain Jurgen Klopp’s 100% record and their injury situation is similar to their opponents. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out while Dejan Lovren also misses out.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

25.08.2018 Prem Liverpool FC Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1:0 W
20.08.2018 Prem Crystal Palace Liverpool FC 0:2 W
12.08.2018 Prem Liverpool FC West Ham United 4:0 W
07.08.2018 Club Liverpool FC Turin FC 3:1 W
04.08.2018 Club Liverpool FC SSC Napoli 5:0 W

SUMMARY

Most football fans will expect a strong Liverpool win here and they are the favourites for the points but Leicester shouldn’t be written off. The Foxes have shown that they know how to beat them and even without Vardy, they are a strong side. As always in the fixture, there should be goals and I expect both teams to get on the scoresheet.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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