Liverpool vs Leicester City Premier League Soccer Betting Picks
Betting Odds & Stats
|+600 (-118)||Spread||-220 (-102)|
|Over 3 (100)||Total||Under 3 (-120)|
|Over 0%||Total||Under 0%|
|Leicester||Score and stat||Liverpool FC|
Liverpool FC -220
Currently on a 16-match winning run in the Premier League (PL), a hitherto-unstoppable Liverpool team (P7, W7) has scored the first goal and/or been ahead at half-time in six of seven league matches so far. Four competitive home matches have produced 20 total goals (5.0 on average), all featuring at least four goals and both teams scoring.
Though clear favourites, Liverpool have conceded at least one goal in nine of 12 competitive matches this season. Significantly, Liverpool have allowed their opponents late consolation goals (and the last goal of the match) in four of seven PL rounds so far.
Liverpool’s seven-match winning streak came under serious threat last weekend in their slender 1-0 win at Sheffield United, and the Reds have looked a little short of their usual imperious selves in recent weeks.
The European champions threw a three-goal lead away at home to Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg in mid-week on Merseyside before eventually recovering to win, though their performance shone another unflattering light on the team’s continuing problems at the back.
In 11 competitive fixtures since the new campaign kicked-off, Liverpool were able to keep their opponents out on just three occasions, though the Reds’ electric forward line has generally been able to bail them out.
Liverpool have averaged 2.36 goals per 90 minutes this term, and we expect their world-class attacking triumvirate to make the difference against Leicester again this weekend. The stats suggest just that - Liverpool's 43-match unbeaten league run at Anfield is the longest current streak in Europe's top five leagues and the second-longest in their history, after only a 63-game streak between February 1978 and December 1980.
The fact that that run was ended by Leicester will not be lost on the more studious of football historians, but Klopp's side do look almost unstoppable at home right now, winning their last 12 Anfield outings across all competitions.
That streak, which is their best since 16 in a row in 1985, did come under serious threat in midweek, though, with Red Bull Salzburg almost pulling off exactly the type of Champions League comeback Liverpool themselves have become famous for.
It looked as though Liverpool might rival Bayern Munich's scoring prowess when they raced into a 3-0 lead inside 36 minutes, only for Salzburg to produce a remarkable fightback and restore parity. Eventually the Reds did secure the win through Mohamed Salah's strike, but it was a game which went a long way to damaging the aura of invincibility around Klopp's side at Anfield.
Liverpool FC Key Player
|Note: Mohamed Salah (LIV) has scored in all three home matches so far, with three of those four goals arriving in the second half. .|
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Led by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, Leicester enter the round in third place having won four of their last five PL matches, scoring at least two goals in all four wins. Since Rodgers took charge, Leicester have yielded strong league results against last season’s top six sides (W2, D2, L1).
Furthermore, Leicester under Rodgers are yet to lose a PL match by more than one goal, with three of the four defeats suffered during his tenure ending 1-0 to the victor. They have, however, conceded at least one goal in 12 of 17 league matches under Rodgers.
Rodgers will likely be warmly received at Anfield on his first return to the stadium, having gone a long way to laying the foundations for the success which has followed under his successor Jurgen Klopp.
The Northern Irishman was sometimes a figure of ridicule during his time in the Liverpool dugout, but he took the Reds back into the Champions League and to within a whisker of the Premier League title before leaving in October 2015.
Rodgers's reputation when leaving was perhaps lower than it should have been, but he has firmly rebuilt that now following a trophy-laden spell at Celtic and a very promising start to life as Leicester boss.
Indeed, since he was appointed only Liverpool and Manchester City have picked up more points in the Premier League - a statistic which proves that Leicester's current position of third in the table is no fluke.
The Foxes actually have more points now than they did at the same stage of their unforgettable title-winning season and, while the relentless standard of the 2019-20 leading pack makes a repeat of that miracle highly unlikely, a top-six or even top-four challenge looks entirely within their capability.
Certainly, they will expect to hold their own against any of the traditional big boys - they have already beaten Tottenham Hotspur and drawn with Chelsea this season - and will therefore have more belief than most that they can pull off an upset at Anfield.
Leicester Key Player
|Note: Jamie Vardy (LEI) will also be looking forward to this match. He has plundered seven goals in his last six matches against Liverpool!|
The Picks: Liverpool FC -220, Over 3
|Liverpool FC vs Leicester Extra Points|
|Liverpool are unbeaten in eight home Premier League matches against Leicester City (W6 D2 L0) since losing 0-2 in May 2000.|
|Leicester haven’t avoided defeat in consecutive Premier League matches against Liverpool since a run of seven between December 1996 and May 2000.|
|Liverpool’s current run of 16 consecutive Premier League victories is the second longest ever in English top-flight history, bettered only by Manchester City between August-December 2017 (18).|
|Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 43 home league games (W33 D10) – the longest current run in the top five European leagues, and Liverpool’s second longest ever in top-flight history. Their previous best of 63 between February 1978-December 1980 was eventually ended by Leicester.|
|Since Brendan Rodgers was appointed Leicester manager, only Liverpool (49) and Manchester City (46) have won more Premier League points than the Foxes (31).|