Leicester v Liverpool
Monday 27th February 2017
21:00 Kick Off Live on Sky Sports 1 Available with GibSat (Click for details)
These two have met on 105 occasions in the past and Liverpool edge it but it is closer than I would have thought. Liverpool have won 44 times, Leicester have won 37 and they have drawn on 24 occasions.
Earlier this season in the reverse fixture at Anfield Liverpool dominated the tie and ran out 4-1 winners, Roberto Firminho opened the scoring and Mane followed up to make it 2-0. Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the visitors before half time. Liverpool came out in the 2nd half firing with a Adam Lallana goal then late on Firminho got his 2nd to complete the scoring.
Leicester have been in very poor form of late winning 1 and losing 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions. Last time out they managed a 2-1 defeat away in the Champions League to Sevilla which considering the away goal isn’t the worst result in the world considering they play the 2nd leg at the King Power stadium.
Liverpool’s form has been just as bad winning 1 drawing 1 and losing 4 of their last 6. Last time out they did finally look like they were over their blip when they ran out 2-0 winners over rivals Tottenham in a game they dominated and could have won by a lot more.
Leicester really need to start performing in the league as they are currently in the relegation zone in 18th place. A win here could see them move out of the bottom 3 and as high as 15th depending on goal difference.
Despite Liverpool’s poor form since the turn of the year they are still very much in the fight for the top 4. They currently sit in 5th but a win here could take them into 2nd depending on Sunday’s result.
The build up to this one has been dominated by one story all week and that is the sacking of Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri. After masterminding Leicester to the most unbelievable feat of winning the Premier League title at a price of 5000/1 he has been sacked less than 12 months later. Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare earlier this week rubbished claims that he had fallen out with Ranieri prior to the Italians departure. He also went on to say he believes he has what it takes to take on the role full time. Liverpool is the perfect test of his caliber.
Jurgen Klopp also had a bit to say about Ranieri’s sacking, he said he could not believe it, he went on to compare it the decision the UK made to leave the EU and the decision the Americans made in electing Donald Trump as president. Klopp did say he expected his Liverpool team not to dwell on such matters and wants them to perform in a similar fashion to that of the Tottenham match.
The team news for Leicester is that they have no new injuries following their recent Champions League match and Slimani and Ulloa are fighting for fitness following injuries and could be available. Liverpool central defender Lovren is a doubt as he struggles with a knee injury ans Daniel Sturridge has a virus.
Not only have Leicester had all of the sacking of Ranieri to deal with they have also played 3 games since the last time Liverpool have played a game. Liverpool players spent last week sunbathing (and training) on the south coast of Spain whilst Leicester were playing football and sacking heroes.
A lot of people who disagreed with the sacking have said they would like to see Leicester to get relegated follow their decision,o if you fancy a bet on that you can get 15/8 with Bet365 and Skybet.
For next permanent manager there is a few on list that might interest but prices are updating all the time but at the moment former manager Nigel Pearson is fav @ 7/2 wth Bet365, Gus Hiddink is @ 7/1 with a few firms and former England Manager is @ 10/1 with a few firms.
For this match Leicester are @ 51/10 with Marathon bet. The draw is @ 13/4 with Marathon and Liverpool are the favourites @ 4/6 with William Hill.