Leicester City vs Liverpool. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Leicester City FC will host Liverpool FC in the English Premier League 36th-tour match at King Power Stadium. The fixture will take place on Tuesday, May 16, beginning at 00:30 IST.
What can we expect this Tuesday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Leicester City News & Current Form:
There are only a few rounds to go before the end of the English championship, and there is a battle going on at various ends of the table, both for places in the European competitions and for maintaining their place in the league. Round 36 concludes the programme with a match at King Power Stadium that will see teams dealing with two opposing objectives.
It’s been seven years and seven coaches since the Woxes won the English league title. The team is in danger of being relegated from the top division. Leicester are in last but one place in the table, two points behind 17th place.
City are one point behind Leeds United FC, two points behind Everton FC and four points behind Nottingham Forest FC. It will be decided between these teams what are the two losers who will spend next season in the Championship.
After the resignation of Brendan Rodgers, Dean Smith is trying to pull the Blues out of the slump. Smith’s side have shown open and cheerful football in almost every game, however, the Leicestershire side have a big problem with scoring points. The Foxes have won only one of their last 13 league games, drawing three times and losing nine times.
In the five games since the appointment of the new coach, Leicester have beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (2 – 1), drawn with Leeds (1 – 1) and Everton (2 – 2), but lost to Manchester City FC (1 – 3) and Fulham FC (3 – 5).
Last Monday, against Fulham, the Foxes were traditionally cheerful and reckless, within 52 minutes losing by a killer margin of four goals, but again they kept their hands up, scoring three times in the remaining time. This, however, did not add any points for the visitor.
It is too early to bury the Blues, with only two points separating the team from salvation, and the club’s slogan for fans is encouraging – the Foxes never quit.
Defense has proved to be the obvious Achilles’ heel in their relegation struggle, as they have failed to keep their goals dry in their last 20 Premier League games.
However, the team has scored in nine of their previous 10 top-flight games. The club is still weakened by the absence of Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, the important right-back James Justin and the injured Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard.
Captain Jonny Evans and the injured Ricardo Pereira returned to action last week but did not take to the pitch. Dean Smith will consider a rotation after the heavy defeat in the capital. Tete, Patson Daka, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could come into the starting line-up, while Daniel Iversen will reoccupy the home side’s goalkeeping position.
Liverpool News & Current Form:
In previous seasons, Liverpool were used to fighting for the title, but this year they have failed to live up to the expectations of the fans. The Merseyside club have been too inconsistent, although they have made excellent progress in recent weeks.
Indeed, the Reds have won their previous 6 league meetings and have not known defeat in the last 8 encounters. After a precious 4 – 3 win over Tottenham Hotspur FC, the visitors did not shine, but they did what they needed to beat Fulham 1 – 0.
Liverpool didn’t exactly sparkle last weekend, but still took three points at home to stalwart mid-table side Brentford FC. The home side dominated the home pitch and could complain of bad luck (15-5 on goal alone), but Salah’s early goal in the 13th minute was enough for the Merseysideiders to seal a 1-0 win. It was his 19th Premier League goal of the season and 100 at Anfield in all competitions.
The Reds are fifth in the table, four points behind Newcastle United FC and Manchester United FC, who sit third and fourth. It is these three teams that will decide between them which of them will not play in Europe’s most prestigious club tournament next season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have no right to lose any more points and must rely on their opponents not to win. This season, the Merseysiders have scored 67 goals and conceded 42 times.
The team has scored more than twice as many points at home (43) compared to the away result (19), and that discrepancy would be even worse if not for the last two away wins – over Leeds United and West Ham United FC (2 – 1).
Coach Jurgen Klopp’s mood is high. He said that this series of victories prepares the team for a new season in which all will be well. He also promised that the club will return to the leading positions.
Liverpool have lost to Leicester at home in the last two seasons, but the Reds look very confident now, just like in the best years under Klopp. It won’t be easy though, because the Foxes are just as motivated as the Reds.
Liverpool midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic, striker Roberto Firmino, the often injured Naby Keita and Calvin Ramsay are still in the sick bay. Mohamed Salah, on the other hand, is finishing the season in fine form having scored eight times in his last nine games.
Leicester City form guide: L-L-W-D-D-L
Liverpool form guide: W-W-W-W-W-W
Leicester City vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Record:
- November 22, 2020: Liverpool 3 – 0 Leicester City (Premier League);
- February 13, 2021: Leicester City 3 – 1 Liverpool (Premier League);
- December 22, 2021: Liverpool 3 – 3 Leicester City (League Cup);
- December 28, 2021: Leicester City 1 – 0 Liverpool (Premier League);
- February 10, 2022: Liverpool 2 – 0 Leicester City (Premier League);
- December 30, 2022: Liverpool 2 – 1 Leicester City (Premier League).
Leicester City vs Liverpool Predicted XI:
Leicester City possible starting lineup (3-4-3): Iversen; Pereira, Faes, Soyuncu, Castagne; Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall; Tete, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.
Liverpool possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz.
Statistical preview of the match Leicester City vs Liverpool:
- Leicester’s First XI average age is 28.1 years.
- Liverpool’s First XI average age is 27.9 years.
- Liverpool have won their last 6 games.
- In the last 5 games, Leicester conceded an average of 2.40 goals per game, while scoring an average of 1.80 goals per game.
- In the last 5 games Liverpool are scoring an average of 2.20 goals per game and conceding an average of 1.20 goals per game.
- In the current season in EPL, Liverpool have been rather poor in the away fixtures, scoring only 19 points against 43 at home and even having a negative goal difference of 22-26.
- Leicester’s top scorers: Harvey Barnes (12+3), James Maddison (10+9), Kelechi Iheanacho (8+4).
- Liverpool’s top scorers: Mohamed Salah (30+11), Darwin Nunez (15+4), Roberto Firmino (11+5).
What has been said before the match:
The Foxes boss Dean Smith shared his expectations for the upcoming game:
“I’m expecting a fight, but I’m also expecting better decision making in important areas. We’ve got to be better defensively and find that balance where we also don’t detract from our attacking intent.”
“A game with Fulham was a blow, only after this game on Monday will we know how big a blow it was. You can’t change it, what you have to do is correct it and move forward.”
“Liverpool just won six games on the spin, you look at that and think it’s a tough time to face them. But we’ve got to make sure we put in a performance against them and get a result.”
“The key is to have as many of our players as possible getting seven or eight out of 10. We need to run harder, run smarter than the opposition – and if we do that, we’ll have a good chance.”
“We need to cut out errors because they’re costing us goals against. We need to have focus on what we’re trying to do. We can’t let goals affect what we do. The fight, you don’t create as many chances as we did if you don’t have that, but we need to cut out the errors.”
Jurgen Klopp, coach of Liverpool, about how his team started winning games again”
“We wanted to control the game differently, we wanted to protect our game differently, in a different formation, we wanted to build up differently. There are so many things we are different in and, to be honest, it’s really good fun for us to think about it, to work on it, to create something new for us. And that’s what we did.”
“And then the results came in, that’s for sure no complete coincidence. We know that we needed luck in moments as well, luck we maybe didn’t have in other games before. But now we are in the situation we are in and now we have three more games to play and still the same, we already prepare for the next season but knowing that this season there is a lot to play for and that’s exactly what we do.”
“It’s obvious we have to fight for being part of the Champions League and have to fight for trophies and these kinds of things, and if you want to be part of that then you are more than welcome.”
“There’s only one thing we cannot guarantee this year and that is Champions League football, but all the rest is the same like it was before. It’s a fantastic club with a really, really good football team and an even better one probably, hopefully next year.”
Leicester City vs Liverpool Prediction:
Liverpool have resurged to six consecutive victories as they hope to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season. For Klopp and company, it will be a great stroke of luck, given that they have been deep in the middle of the table until recently.
The current Leicester side, who are drowning heavily while winning once every few months, pose little threat to Salah and his partners. Moreover, the Egyptian is in great form and carrying the team – in the last three games he scored three goals and brought two wins, and his total so far this season is 19+7.
At present, we are on the side of energetic attacking football, as the opponents need to go forward and find their fortunes in front of their opponents’ goal. The statistical trend of the recent matches confirms the assumptions: the last two matches of the Foxes saw 12 goals scored, we expect that Dean Smith will want to set the same tone this time at the King Power Stadium. That said, the win is more likely to go to the Reds, who will take theirs at the mercy of class.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Liverpool will win and the match total will be over 2.5 – Yes.