Leicester v Liverpool, Sat 1 September, 12:30pm

FORM

It’s three wins from three Premier League games, with three clean sheets, this season for Liverpool, who top the table. Two league goals apiece so far this season for Sadio Mané and last season’s top Premier League scorer, Mo Salah.

Two wins and a defeat so far in the league for Leicester, who came from behind to beat Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday, although the winner came in stoppage time with The Saints having been reduced to ten men in the 77th minute owing to a red card for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

TEAM NEWS

Leicester – Jamie Vardy is unavailable through suspension. He will be available again after this game.

Liverpool – Dejan Lovren??

HEAD TO HEADS

Since Leicester returned to the Premier League for the 2014/15 season, the sides have met five times at the King Power Stadium, the scores being (Leicester first, most-recent match first) 2-3, 3-1, 2-0, 1-3, so three of the four have produced four or more goals. It’s a fixture that screams goals.

OTHER POINTS

Despite a slightly-laboured home win against Brighton on Saturday, Liverpool undoubtedly remain a potent attacking force. They have scored 43 goals in their last 20 league games, 15 of those away from home.

Much as they failed to score in three of their last four away games in the league last season, they had the distraction of the Champions League semi-final (second leg) and final.

That said, they only scored more than two goals on one occasion in their last 11 away games in the league last season, and scored twice on four occasions.

Much as Leicester failed to score in two of their last three home league games last season, they scored in seven of the nine home matches that preceded that, although they scored more than two goals in a home league game last season on only one occasion (3-0 v Huddersfield).

Leicester will be weakened by the loss of main striker, Jamie Vardy

VERDICT

Leicester are not prolific scorers at home in the league and will be weakened by the loss of main striker, Jamie Vardy.

By contrast, Liverpool almost always look good for goals and are a stronger team than last season, particularly in defence. They also have a deep squad.

As mentioned above, the game screams goals – three or more looks good – with Mo Salah and Sadio Mané the obvious options for first/anytime goalscorer.

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