Liverpool v Leicester, Premier League
Sun Nov 22, KO 7:15pm
Preview by Will Reilly
A fascinating encounter, third against first in the table (ahead of the weekend games) with just one point between them.
As mentioned, they are one point off the top of the table, having won five, drawn two and lost one of their eight league games so far.
That defeat, 7-2 at Aston Villa on October 4th, still looks bizarre.
Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in the league this season and just two in the eleven games they have played domestically.
It’s a different story in the Champions League, with three clean sheets from their three European matches this season.
Leading the way for Liverpool in league goals scored this season is Mo Salah (8) followed by Sadio Mané (4) and Diogo Jota (3).
Jota has now scored six goals in his last five Liverpool appearances, which includes a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League on November 3rd.
Liverpool have failed to score in just one of their games this season – 0-0 versus Arsenal in the EFL Cup – but hadn’t scored more than two in a game for seven matches until the 5-0 victory in Atalanta.
Overall, they have scored more-than two goals in a game in just four of their 14 matches in all competitions this season.
After a sketchy start to the season – three wins and three losses in their first six games – they have now won their last six matches – four in the Premier League and two in the Europa League. They have kept a clean sheet in four of those six games and scored 15 goals.
Jamie Vardy is having another fine season, having scored nine goals in eight appearances for Leicester this season.
Here are this weekend’s DOUBLE THE ODDS on FIRST GOALSCORER BETS matches (usual t&c), which include LIVERPOOL v LEICESTER…
Liverpool’s injury list is building up.
Virgil van Dijk continues to recover from an ACL injury which could keep him out for the rest of the season. Joël Matip (muscle) and Joe Gomez (knee) are out, as is Thiago Alcântara, who is still recovering from an injury sustained in the Merseyside derby.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also remains sidelined with the knee injury he suffered in August. Also missing will be Naby Keïta (muscle) and Terence Trent-Arnold (calf injury sustained on international duty), but Fabinho (hamstring) looks likely to return.
For good – or, rather, poor – measure, Mo Salah is out, having tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt.
Jordan Henderson left the England camp early owing to “muscle tightness” and reports on Sunday suggested he would miss out, but the chances are that Andy Robertson, who has been nursing a sore hamstring, will be fit to play. Centre-back Kostas Tsimkas is fit again, though, and could be handed his first league start for the Reds.
Neco Williams picked up a knock playing for Wales during the week and could also possibly miss out. Rhys Williams (hip) is another doubtful starter.
Wesley Fofana had been struggling with a knee injury but late reports suggest he will be OK to play, but Çağlar Söyüncü and Daniel Amartey will be missing owing to long-term injuries. Wilfred Ndidi is out with an abductor injury.
Full-backs Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira might be available while it was initially thought that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could miss out owing to a head injury sustained while on international duty on Tuesday. He would be a big loss to the Foxes. In the build-up to the match, reports were becoming more positive about him playing.
HEAD TO HEADS – I.e. League meetings between the sides when Liverpool were at home since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2014-15 (most-recent first).
2-1, 1-1, 2-1, 4-1, 1-0, 2-2
Four of the six games had over 2.5 goals scored in them.
Two of the six had over 3.5 goals scored in them.
In only one of the games did one side fail to score.
A scoreless game looks unlikely and, with so many key defenders missing from each side, over 3.5 goals at 7/5 could be the way to go.
For the more adventurous, a draw and over 3.5 goals is priced at 8/1.
A strong option would be ‘Both sides to score and over 2.5 goals’ at 15/20.
Both teams to score is 8/15.
Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.
This week, the Price Boost on a previewed match is BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE and OVER 2.5 GOALS IN THE MATCH
This was 15/20 and has been PRICE BOOSTED to EVENS
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All prices quoted in this blog piece were correct as at 3pm on Thursday November 19thth but are subject to change