Leicester City host Liverpool in each team’s final Premier League match of the calendar year on Tuesday night.
The pair met as recently as December 22 and made an exciting 3-3 draw in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup. An underrated Liverpool team turned a couple of two-goal innings to drag the equalizer to penalties before winning on point kicks.
Here’s everything you need to know about the quick rematch in the middle of the week.
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When is kick off? Tuesday 28 December, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? King Power StadiumTV channel / livestream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), fubo TV (USA), DAZN (Canada)Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, Today’s Match (BBC One 22.35 – UK)Judge? Michael OliverWHERE? Stuart Attwell
Ricardo Pereira is out with a broken leg / Visionhaus / GettyImages
Leicester’s League Cup match with Liverpool was not only unsuccessful, but costly. Brendan Rodgers saw Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu and Patson Daka trudging away at Anfield with various concerns.
Tyler Morton’s powerful tackle broke Ricardo’s fibula and guided him until mid-February. Soyuncu and Daka join captain Jonny Evans on the sidelines with hamstring strains for the next three weeks.
Ryan Bertrand is also out with a twisted knee while James Justin remains inaccessible with his own knee problem. Wesley Fofana, however, is approaching a return after a long injury, although Brendan Rodgers understandably wants to be careful with the midfielder.
You can read Leicester’s expected lineup here.
Virgil van Dijk is back in training after Covid-19 / Malcolm Couzens / GettyImages
Jurgen Klopp rested a number of stars for the previously mentioned cup match, which had its break extended by canceling their match against Leeds United on other days.
While Andy Robertson’s suspension continues, Liverpool will be without the injured duo of secondary team members Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbones) and Adrian (what).
However, Klopp may well be able to welcome back Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Curtis Jones in the middle of the week. The trio had isolated themselves after positive covid-19 tests but were seen training on Christmas Eve. Thiago Alcantara was also isolated but was photographed with his family and teammates over the weekend, and posted a photo with the text “#CovidFree”.
You can read Liverpool’s expected line-up here.
Leicester are not only behind Liverpool in their overall head-to-head record with 40 wins from 116 competitive matches (D25 L51) but have endured an even worse record in recent meetings and taken victories in just one of the last nine matches in all competitions.
However, that triumph was in Leicester’s latest Premier League match against the Reds. A 3-1 turnaround gave Foxe’s fifth home win after 15 Premier League meetings with the Reds on East Midlands soil. Liverpool meanwhile took an important victory on the second day of Christmas 2019 on the way to winning a first league title in 30 years.
Leicester have stumbled upon an entertaining – rather than effective – form. With an average of more than five goals for and against during his last eight games in all competitions, the Foxes have scored goals and conceded, as well as won and lost, in proportional amounts.
Liverpool have been just as productive going forward, although they are much more compact at the other end – also considering the amount of chances Tottenham got in their latest top task.
If Fabinho and Van Dijk can shake off cobwebs from isolation to slip back into the team’s backbone, the Reds could very well add to Leicester’s defensive problems while sharpening themselves.
Prediction: Leicester 1-3 Liverpool
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