Leicester City vs Liverpool: Only 4 teams have won all 3 games so far in the Premier League and Liverpool with a goal difference of +7 are leading the race. They now travel to the King Power Stadium to go up against a determined Leicester City. The Foxes, after a defeat against Manchester United in the first game week, beat the Wolves 2-0 and in a tricky encounter beat the Saints 1-2. In Liverpool, the Foxes face a side who tend to score goals at will and a defence which hasn’t been breached yet. Leicester City vs Liverpool is undeniably going to be one heck of a contest but the big question here; Can Liverpool break down opponents consistently to win the title?
LAST 3 RESULTS
Liverpool: Beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0, Beat Crystal Palace 0-2, Beat West Ham United 4-0
Leicester City: Beat Southampton 1-2, Beat Wolves 2-0, Lost against United 2-1
Liverpool earned six points off the two fixtures in the previous season. At home, the Reds beat Leicester City 2-1, courtesy a Mohammad Salah brace. Liverpool scored thrice to win the away fixture 2-3.
WHEN & WHERE
Leicester City vs Liverpool will be played on the 1st of September at the King Power Stadium. The kick-off time, 5:00 PM IST.
Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are still on the injured list. Summer signing Fabinho was left out from the last fixture, but the quality he brings on to the football pitch can’t be overlooked for long. Liverpool are likely to field the same eleven that started the previous game.
For Leicester, Jamie Vardy was shown the red card against Southampton and will miss the next 3 fixtures. Kelechi Iheanacho will replace the English striker.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Leicester presumably will take the 4-2-3-1 combination. Wilfred Ndidi has been a revelation for them and his role as the defensive midfielder will hold extreme importance. Ben Chilwell will be up against Mohammad Salah’s pace and trickery on the left. Can he hold the golden boot winner?
Goal Keeper: Kasper Schmeichel
Defenders: Ricardo Pereira, Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy, Marc Albrighton, James Maddison, Demarai Gray
Strikers: Kelechi Iheanacho
After a perfect start to the season, there’s no reason for Jurgen Klopp to change his side’s 4-3-3 formation. The Reds have found a world class holding midfielder in Naby Keita and in Alison Becker one of the finest shot-stoppers.
GoalKeeper: Alisson Becker
Defenders: Trent Alex-Arnold, Virgil Van Dyk, David Gomez, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders: Georgino Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, James Milner
Strikers: Mohammad Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
ANDREW ROBERTSON(7.7 on FanFight)
Liverpool have one of the most potent attacks in Europe but their defence is certainly undermined. One player who’s improved leaps and bounds under Klopp is Andrew Robertson. The Scottish lad is strong defensively and is easily the best left-back in the Premier League. His pace and those thunderous crosses he manufactures from the left side of the pitch make him one of the players to watch out for. Even if Liverpool concede, Roberston will always be a favourite to score a goal and possibly provide an assist. So, if you’re looking for points, Robertson might easily be your trump card.
Stats this season: Clean Sheets: 3, Assists: 1, Tackles: 8, Tackle %: 100
HARRY MAGUIRE(7.7 on FanFight)
The English defender had an outstanding 2018 World Cup and was on Manchester United’s radar ever since. However, Leicester City were sharp enough to retain their main man. Maguire won Leicester’s player of the season and his stoppage-time winner in the previous game against Southampton makes him a popular pick for the Liverpool fixture. Can Harry Maguire contain the likes of Mane, Firmino, Salah and Keita?
Stats this season: Clean Sheets: 1, Goals: 1, Recoveries: 22, Passes/match: 50
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Since their return to the Premier League, Jamie Vardy has scored 27 off the 43 goals scored by Leicester against the big six. How big a miss is he going to be?
Liverpool last won their 4 opening games of the league in the 1990-91 season under Kenny Daglish. They look ominous and are on their way to winning 4 and more.
Alisson Becker could become the 4th goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League to start with four clean sheets. Alex Manninger, Anders Lindegaard and Jose Reina are the other 3 to have not conceded goals in their first 4 fixtures.
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