Can the Foxes tame Liverpool’s devastating attack?
Well, I don’t like blowing my own trumpet but if you haven’t checked out my piece on Leicester from last week, then now’s the time to do so.
For what reason you may ask? In layman’s terms I managed to check the score prediction bang on the money; start as you mean to go on! Furthermore, I quite enjoyed writing that piece, so go and check it out here.
Two wins in a row for Leicester, but now onto this week’s challenge – Liverpool.
An in-form, red-hot, high-flying – however you want to say it – Liverpool side comes down to the East Midlands to take on the Foxes. It will be an intense game that’s sure to be of interest to everyone, including neutrals.
I’m sure most people will have this down as a banker win, I’m not surprised of course, but I think that we can make things incredibly difficult at the King Power this weekend; Jurgen Klopp may want to re-think his tactics.
Recently, Liverpool are unbeaten in two against the Foxes, doing the double over them last season. 2-1 and 3-2 victories for the Merseyside club mean they come here seeking a hat-trick of wins against Claude Puel’s team.
However, from December 2015 to last season, all the matches between these sides have followed a particular pattern. What I mean by that is as follows: Leicester lost in December 2015, but then beat Liverpool in the reverse fixture that season. The next season saw Leicester lose again, but followed that up with a victory in that season’s reverse fixture…you get the jist now.
What these stats and figures show to me are that either team’s capable of winning, and it proves my point that Liverpool being ‘bankers’ may be the wrong way of looking at this fixture.
Games between these sides average almost three goals a game, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case this Saturday. Liverpool have scored eight goals this season and are yet to concede in three games, including a 4-0 opening day victory against West Ham.
In pre-season, they saw off Torino by three goals to one, dispatched Napoli 5-0 and back in July beat Manchester United 4-1 in the International Champions Cup. They look a scarily good side going forward, and so far defensively have looked the same.
From a Leicester standpoint, last week’s victory at Southampton was a real pleasure to listen to. Harry Maguire’s last-minute strike shot the travelling blue army’s heart rates up by treble! It was a great strike. Some would say fortunate. I would say planned and executed.
It gives us great confidence going into this game, and with the news that Ben Chilwell, Demarai Gray, and James Maddison all being called up to the England U21’s squad, their individual confidence will be sky high. Claude Puel will be in a good place, spoilt for selection, going into this match.
I can’t wait to see how we get on this weekend as I think it will be an entertaining game. And if there aren’t at least three goals, I’ll be disappointed!
In all seriousness, this is the sort of game we can win but we’ll have to be on it from the word ‘go’. If Liverpool take a firm grip of this game early, it could be a very long afternoon for Kasper Schmeichel and his back line.
My score prediction follows the trend of goals, goals and more goals – can I make it two correct predictions in a row?
Leicester 2-3 Liverpool