Leicester City v Liverpool Betting Tips: Klopp’s men to do the business
Monday’s match would have been interesting anyway before the events of this week, however, since Claudio Ranieri’s shock sacking by Leicester City, things have gone up a notch.
After getting their vital away goal in last week’s Champions League match, it looked like things were about to turn around for Leicester City and many thought they would now have a good chance of surviving in the Premier League. However, Ranieri’s sacking has changed the dynamic at Leicester so it will be interesting to see how they react in this match against Liverpool. The current champions are currently in the bottom three after Saturday’s results.
The Foxes finally managed to score for the first time in two matches on Wednesday night but, perhaps more importantly, it was Vardy who got the goal which should be a huge boost to the former non-league player’s confidence. The solid back-line of last season has gone AWOL this campaign and it will be interesting to see how any prospective new manager can get the old stalwarts of Huth and Morgan to turn it on again. A test against Liverpool is not ideal though.
Leicester actually won Claudio Ranieri’s last match at the King Power Stadium against Derby County in the FA Cup. Before that, the Foxes had lost their last two by 3-0 scorelines. It will certainly be interesting to see how the atmosphere at Leicester is on Monday given last week’s events.
Liverpool had made a disastrous start to 2017, with their only win coming against League Two Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup, until their victory last time out against fellow Champions League contenders Tottenham Hotspur. Manager Jurgen Klopp told the media recently how shocked he was by Ranieri’s sacking at Leicester and will certainly look to use any poisonous atmosphere at the King Power in his favour.
Attack is undoubtedly the focus for the Reds and it is no surprise that they are among the league’s top scorers with 54 goals in 25 games. Defensively though there are still huge question marks and their record of 30 conceded so far this season is only the eighth-best in the division whilst they have also kept just seven clean sheets – compare that with league leaders Chelsea who have recorded 13.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were blowing teams away on their travels just before the new year but have since struggled with just one win (that one against Plymouth) in their last five matches away from Anfield. Again though, Liverpool will hope to use any sort of dissent at Leicester to their advantage on this occasion.
Liverpool are the favourites here and I would certainly look at a market that backs them. Leicester could suddenly turn on the style now that Ranieri has gone but, such is the pressure on them now, I think they’ll struggle to do so. Additionally, Leicester’s slow back-line going up against Liverpool’s rapid attack could end in disaster. One of those quick forward players is Sadio Mane who has been in good form recently and it would be no surprise if he was the catalyst for an away win here. ‘Liverpool to Win & Sadio Mane to Score Anytime’, at 5/2, is the bet in this one.
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