Leicester City vs Liverpool – Betting Tips & Predictions – 26/12

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021


 

With Leicester having taken just one point from the last available six, Liverpool will be looking over their shoulders with less urgency on their return from Qatar, where the Merseysiders secured the title of World Club Champions. Nonetheless, the trip to the East Midlands will be a challenging return to domestic duty for Jurgen Klopp’s side, as the Foxes are sure to be seeking a return to winning ways after two games without the full complement of points.

For Liverpool, it’s back to the bread and butter after winning two games against unfamiliar opponents. Monterrey and Flamengo certainly provided a stern test for the Reds, who beat both opponents 1-0, although it took an extra-time winner from Roberton Firmino to secure the latter result. With a game in hand, they could open a 13-point lead over the second-placed side here – taking them very close indeed to adding an “English Champion” tag to the European and World titles they already own.

Leicester City vs Liverpool Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Liverpool

Leicester are in the midst of the biggest test they could have faced: having elevated themselves to within eight points of the league leaders, they have dropped points against struggling Norwich and were handily beaten in Manchester by the defending champions. Now, they receive the runaway league leaders – a win here would offer the chance to re-enter the title race, while a loss would pour cold water over those hopes. In the end, this has the feel of a draw about it – Liverpool may need to reacclimatise to domestic football, while Leicester will be feeling the bruises from last weekend.

Our recommended tip: Draw

For 25 minutes at the Etihad, Manchester City seemed to toy with their less-vaunted opponents, and then Jamie Vardy cut through the home backline and scored a stunning goal to put the insurgent visitors 1-0 ahead. While the champions went on to win the game 3-1, the fact that Leicester took the lead in such a dynamic way points out just how much of a threat they can carry with the pace of Vardy and the counter-attacking approach encouraged by boss Brendan Rodgers. In many people’s eyes, the Leicester striker and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk are the best attacking and defensive players respectively in England this season – and with the Draw priced at 27/10 by Grosvenor, the idea of things ending “honours even” here is far from fanciful.

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Liverpool are one of just three teams to have got the better of Leicester all season, and they took 95 minutes to get it done at Anfield in early October. Sadio Mane put the hosts in front after 40 minutes, and there they stayed until ten minutes from time when James Maddison fastened on to a pass from Ayoze Perez to equalise. Just as it looked as though the visiting Foxes might become the first side all season to keep the Reds from winning, though, Mane fell in the box under a challenge from Marc Albrighton. With time expiring, a VAR-awarded penalty was stroked home by James Milner to secure all three points for the hosts.

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Players to watch: Youri Tielemans & Joe Gomez

When Tielemans found his way to the King Power on loan last winter, the prevailing sense was that his four-month cameo in the royal blue of Leicester would earn him a move to a “bigger” side. As it turned out, his superb performances did win him a permanent move from Monaco to the Premier League – he returned to the East Midlands where he has once again dovetailed with Maddison in the Foxes midfield to create chance after chance for Vardy and other key Leicester attackers.

Gomez finds himself pressed into service next to van Dijk thanks to injuries which have deprived Liverpool of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip. The England international is certainly a capable, assured defender, but will have his work cut out for him in this game where he’s likely to find himself up against the pace and wiles of Jamie Vardy. The outcome of that battle could decide this match overall, but the fact that Gomez can be trusted to be a part of it is no small thing for a defender of just 22 years of age.

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