Liverpool vs Leicester: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5:30 AM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 5:30 AM UTC

Can the Reds grind out an eighth straight win?
<div><h2>Liverpool vs Leicester</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, October 5, at Anfield</strong></a></p><p>Liverpool extended their 100% start to the season when they picked up a hard fought 1-0 win away at Sheff Utd on Saturday. It was a gritty performance from the Reds and it ensured they remain five points clear of title rivals Man City at the top of the Premier League table. This looks like their toughest challenge of the season so far. Leicester thrashed Newcastle 5-0 at the weekend to move up to third in the table, and they have been attacking with great flair under Brendan Rodgers. They will be fresher than Liverpool, who have a midweek Champions League game to contend with. However, the Foxes lost their last away game 1-0 at Old Trafford, a result that should give Liverpool confidence.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Liverpool are still without injured goalkeeper Alisson, and deputy Adrian earned another clean sheet in that win over Sheff Utd. Naby Keita is being eased back into the team after a long absence, but otherwise Jurgen Klopp had a full strength squad to choose from. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are brilliant, rapid full-backs, and Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip look solid at the heart of defence. Gerginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson provide steel and energy behind a phenomenal attacking triumvirate of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. None of them were on target against Sheff Utd, which is a rarity, and they could combine to hurt the Foxes on Saturday.</p><p><a href=";a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Leicester sold Harry Maguire to Man Utd for £80 million in the summer and they did not splash out on a big name replacement. They do not look to have missed him unduly, but that win over 10-man Newcastle was just their second clean sheet in seven matches. Jonny Evans is solid, Kasper Schmeichel is an excellent goalkeeper and Wilfried Ndidi screens the defence well, but the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell and Roberto Perreira have not been tested to a great extent this season, even against Spurs and Man Utd. It will be interesting to see how they get on against Salah, Mane and Firmino.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Leicester will be full of confidence after sweeping aside Newcastle at the weekend. It was an excellent performance, but the Magpies are dire and then fell apart after Isaac Hayden was sent off in the first half. Liverpool provide a much sterner challenge, and they have been playing with great efficiency in recent weeks in order to maintain their lead over Man City. It seems sensible to keep backing Liverpool until their winning streak finally ends, as they have rewarded punters really well so far this season. Apart from their opening day win over Norwich, none of their games have gone over 4.5 goals, so that seems like an easy way of squeezing more value out of the game.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Liverpool to win and under 4.5 goals at 1.87 (20/23) with Coral</a></strong></p></div>
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