Just seven years on from their historic Premier League title win, could Leicester City really be relegated to the Championship? Such a prospect is very really with the Foxes currently second-bottom in the table with just three games left to play. However, with the gap to safety currently just two points, Leicester still have time to avoid the unimaginable.
As for Liverpool, a run of six straight wins has Jurgen Klopp’s men breathing down the necks of the top four once again. A win for the Reds at the King Power tonight would see Liverpool just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
As a result, this Monday Night Football fixture is of vital importance for both teams and fresh off the back of two more winning selections on Sunday, Bar One Racing broadcaster Kieran Burke is back to look ahead to tonight’s game.
LEICESTER CITY v Liverpool – Mon, 8.00, Sky Sports – Double The Odds First Goalscorer
Leicester City’s defensive frailties were again exposed to the world as an out-of-form Fulham side smashed five past the Foxes one week ago. Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since November and go into tonight’s match against a red hot Liverpool with the fourth worst defensive record in the top-flight.
On the bright side, Dean Smith’s team have been scoring goals with Leicester finding the back of the net in their last five. Having not scored since October, Jamie Vardy’s recent run of form could be coming just in the nick of time with the former England striker scoring in consecutive games against Leeds and Everton recently. Vardy has a sensational record of 10 goals in 16 matches against Liverpool and is 15/2 to open the scoring tonight in this Double The Odds First Goalscorer match with Bar One Racing. With Kelechi Iheanacho likely to miss out through injury, the pressure is very much on Vardy’s shoulders to bail Leicester out of trouble.
Many have described Mo Salah’s season as being “below par” but should the Egyptian find the net this evening he will reach 20 league goals for the fifth time in six seasons, a remarkable feat with Salah topping tonight’s FGS market at 3/1. Diogo Jota’s return to fitness has assisted Jurgen Klopp’s side in swinging around their slow start to the season with Liverpool losing just 2 of their last 15 EPL games since the winger returned to action. Jota has found the net five times in the last six league matches and has a brilliant record against tonight’s hosts with Jota scoring 8 goals in 11 appearances versus Leicester. Jota is 9/2 to score first this evening.
Of course, Liverpool have had their own defensive woes this term with the 42 Premier League goals conceded this season equalling their worst defensive record in a full campaign under Jurgen Klopp. Such stats point towards a game full of chances and hopefully with plenty of goals. With Liverpool now having laser focus on those Champions League places it’s hard to side against the in-form reds.
BEST BET: Liverpool win & BTTS (17/10).