Featuring an average of four goals scored per game in the last three rounds, Liverpool host Leicester on Saturday, December 30th at Anfield Road. The clash is part of the schedule of the twenty-first round of the English Championship in its 2017/2018 edition. The kickoff is scheduled for 13h (Brasília time).
Liverpool’s recent performance
Swansea was Liverpool’s newest victim. On Tuesday 26 December at Anfield Road the Reds thrashed 5-0. They had drawn 3-2 with Arsenal 3-0 and beat Bournemouth 4-0 as visitors.
Thus, Liverpool reached 38 points (ten wins, eight draws and two losses) and managed to keep in the G4 of the English Championship. In the fourth position, closes the classification zone for the edition 2018/2019 of the Champions League.
The performance still made the team assume the vice-leadership of the offensive production. With 46 goals scored in 20 matches, he is only outscored by Manchester City, the English champions of the current season. Of breaking, still increased to 14 the series of undefeated games. They are nine wins and five draws in the period started on October 28. That is, they are more than two months without defeat.
At Anfield Road, the period without failures is even greater. Liverpool simply did not lose in their dominions in the 2017/2018 Premier League. However, this brand is not the best. In ten games were five wins and five draws, which put the reds only in the sixth place of the leaderboard that takes into account only the results of the teams as constituents.
The defensive system, which has been considered the Liverpool Achilles Heel, has even worked on Anfield Road. It was only three goals conceded, which indicates the excellent average of 0.3 try / match. But overall, it leaves something to be desired. The defense was leaked 23 times in 20 matches.
On Tuesday, the good news was due to the return of Cameroon defender Joel Matip (14 games in the English Championship 2017/2018, a goal). He was out for about a month out of injury and participated throughout the game showing he was recovered.
There remain now in the medical department defenders Alberto Moreno (12 games, no goal) and Nathaniel Clyne (without performances); and Marko Grujic (three games, no goal) and Jordan Henderson (16 games, one goal).
The current form of Leicester
Leicester’s recent campaign is far below that of Liverpool. The team have not won for four games, one of which has caused them to be eliminated in the League Cup of England. The other three (two losses and one tie) were for the English Championship.
With that, the team fell to eighth on the leaderboard. He has 28 points (seven wins, six draws and seven losses). This virtually limits the team’s ambitions. The distance to the qualifying zone for European tournaments is relatively large. Leicester have ten points less than fifth-placed Tottenham who would have a spot in the Europa League.
Compared with Bournemouth, who are in eighteenth place opening the relegation zone, the ten-point advantage is favorable to the Leicester team, which makes the team very comfortable in the fight to stay in the Premier League.
Defender Danny Simpson (19 games in English Premier League 2017/2018, no goal) is the only likely draw for Saturday’s duel. He suffered a thigh injury that took him out of the game on Tuesday, December 26, when Leicester was beaten by Watford by 2-1. He will undergo further tests, but he is most likely not to be released to face or Liverpool.
History of the bouts between Liverpool and Leicester
Teams have crossed paths four times this year. The first still in the 2016/2017 Premier League season ended with Leicester’s 3-1 win at home. The second was in July during a friendly tournament. On neutral ground, Liverpool made it 2-1.
The tiebreak came in the League Cup of England where the blues eliminated the reds scoring 2 to 0 on 19 August. The change from Liverpool came four days later, again in Leicester. This time by the English Championship, won by 3 to 2.
Coach Jurgen Klopp has been taking turns and attacking his attackers to ensure an excellent offensive performance with great intensity. Acting at home, where his defense has shown an excellent performance, the club is the best option for guess. It has a price of 1.28 in Rivalo. Draw returns 5.70. Successful visitor yields 9.50 for 1.
Our Prediction: Liverpool win @ 1.28