Leicester City v Liverpool
EPL Match Preview
Round 24 of the Premier League season and Leicester City remain on top of the standings as they host Liverpool on Tuesday evening, at the King Power Stadium.
MAHREZ ASKS FANS TO ROAR THE FOXES ON TO VICTORY
With only one defeat in front of their own fans this season, Leicester City will try to avenge their Boxing Day loss to Liverpool and inspirational midfielder Riyad Mahrez, wants the supporters to do their bit. The Algerian play-maker (who is quoted on the betting exchanges at *3.75 to be an anytime scorer on Tuesday) stated in the club’s matchday programme that; “We’ve only lost one game at home, so that shows how important the support has been,” before continuing with, “Our fans are fantastic, so we’ll need them to be behind us and I’m sure that together we can get the three points.” His sides form has been a little erratic since the defeat at Anfield, only winning one of their last seven in all competitions. That the win came last time out against Stoke City, who were taken apart by a Leicester City at the peak of their powers, speaks volumes of the character of Claudio Ranieri’s team. Now Mahrez has called upon the home supporters to be the extra man once again, as they look to preserve their three-point cushion at the top.
KLOPP WANTING TO AVOID ANOTHER NINE-GOAL THRILLER
Nine goals, five for his team and a pair of broken spectacles, was what Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp left Norwich City’s Carrow Road ground with in his teams last Premier League encounter. Whilst the German has stated that this kind of football is unacceptable, he knows his team must improve their entertainment value and be more consistent at the same time. Since their Boxing Day win over Tuesday night’s opponents, Liverpool’s record reads played five, won two, drawn two and lost one and last weekend they played out a dull 0-0 draw at Anfield against West Ham United in the FA Cup, meaning a replay in East London in a couple of weeks’ time, a result that Klopp would not have wanted in an already full fixture schedule (which includes a League Cup Final against Manchester City).
Leicester City will still be without Jeffrey Schlupp who remains side lined with a hamstring injury, other than that, Ranieri can pretty much call upon a full squad ahead of the visit of the Reds.
Liverpool are not so lucky with Daniel Sturridge, Martin Srktel and Divock Origi unlikely to take any part in Tuesday night’s proceedings. Klopp is hopeful that he will be able to call upon Phillipe Coutinho and captain Jordan Henderson for the trip to the East Midlands, although both men are likely to have late fitness tests.
Leicester City (from): Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Benalouane, De Laet, Fuchs, Huth, Moore, Morgan, Simpson, Wasilewski, Albrighton, Amartey, Drinkwater, Dyer, Gray, Inler, James, Kante, King, Mahrez, Dodoo, Okazaki, Ulloa, Vardy.
Liverpool (from): Bogdan, Mignolet, Caulker, Clyne, Jose Enrique, Flanagan, Ilori, Lovren, Moreno, Sakho, Toure, Allen, Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Ibe, Lallana, Lucas, Milner, Rossiter, Teixeira, Benteke, Firmino.
HEAD TO HEAD
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Leicester City and have only lost one of their five away games against the Foxes in the Premier League era. Claudio Ranieri’s men have spent 43 days on top of the Premier League table this season; only Manchester City has spent more time at the summit. The best football betting sites currently quote them at *9.00 to be crowned champions in May.
Leicester City 2.62 Draw 3.40 Liverpool 2.87
*odds courtesy of Bet365
Steve Mitchell (@barafundler)