Liverpool

V

Anfield

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Leicester City

V

Anfield

30/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Liverpool might wish they had new record signing Virgil van Dijk to tighten up their defence against Leicester’s dangerous counter-attacks.

Last time: A rare Jordan Henderson goal proved decisive at the King Power earlier in the season, as Liverpool won an entertaining encounter 3-2. Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho had put the Reds into an early lead, but strikes from Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy ensured the game went the distance.

This time: Liverpool are 1/3 for the win, while Leicester are 19/2 and the draw is 27/5.

You might remember: A Vardy brace handing the Foxes a 2-0 victory in February of last year. Leicester went to Manchester City and won 3-1 in their next game, emphatically proving their title credentials before going on to claim the Premier League crown.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino reacts after a missed chance at goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Van Dijk’s arrival can’t come soon enough for Liverpool, as the Reds continue to struggle with defensive issues. Leicester will look to use their pace on the break to hurt the hosts, who pose a huge threat of their own going forward.

Liverpool are 1/3 for the win as they look to solidify their place in the top four. Tottenham are hitting some decent form, while Arsenal are breathing down their necks too. With the title gone, the Reds need to win their home games if they want to qualify for next season’s Champions League. In Salah, Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, they certainly have the players to break down Leicester, and this game could come down to how well Liverpool defend.

Leicester are 19/2 to pick up the three points which is something they haven’t done at Anfield since the year 2000. Despite losing to Liverpool in the league in September, the Foxes do have a victory over the Reds this season after winning a League Cup tie just a few days earlier. Puel’s side will need all of the character they showed in claiming a late point with 10 men against Manchester United before Christmas.

The draw is 27/5 and would be the first stalemate between these two in seven meetings. Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 Premier League games, but they have drawn four times during this run. If the Reds’ attack fails to fire on all cylinders, Leicester have more than enough to take a point back to the East Midlands with them. A third 1-1 draw in five games at Anfield is priced at 23/2.

Firmino is 5/4 to score anytime and follow up his Boxing Day brace with another goal. The Brazilian is perhaps the most unheralded of Liverpool’s attacking luminaries, but would reach double figures if he finds the net in this one. If you think he’ll do that by breaking the deadlock, that’s 9/2.

Vardy is 17/2 to do the same and is a decent price considering his form this season. Riyad Mahrez meanwhile is 16/1 to bag the first goal of the game as he did at Watford on Boxing Day, or 22/5 to score anytime. The diminutive Algerian has looked like the player he was in Leicester’s title-winning campaign of late after last season’s slump, and has five in his last 10 Premier League outings.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Goals. With just one goalless draw in the last 19 meetings between these two, there are invariably goals in this fixture. There’s been 50 in total during the same period, making an over 2.5 goals bet look like a great shout at 2/5. Over 3.5 is priced at 11/10, while a both teams to score bet is 8/11.

2

We fancy:

Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 8/5. Improve your odds on the home win by predicting that Leicester’s dangerous attackers manage to breach the home defence. A 3-1 win for Klopp’s side is 10/1, rising to 28/1 with Mohamed Salah as the first scorer.

 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Vardy to score first and Leicester to win 2-1 at 100/1. The England striker has been in good form recently and will be looking to impress England manager Gareth Southgate in the run-up to the World Cup. Opening the scoring in a Leicester win at Anfield would be a good way for him to end the year.

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Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!