26 December 2019 live
Leicester City vs Liverpool
A 3-1 defeat to Manchester City a few days ago won’t keep Leicester City down for too long. The Foxes suffered a defeat despite scoring with an outstanding goal by Jamie Vardy who has been banging in goals left–right and center. It’s one more tough fixture for the Foxes as they face league leaders, Liverpool in a game which could decide the fate of the premiere league title. A win for Leicester will bring them 7 points of striking distance to Liverpool, while a win for Liverpool will stretch the gap between the two by 13 points.
Liverpool will be coming to the game well rested since their weekend scheduled premiere league match was postponed. Leicester has won 3 times in their last 5 matches, recording one draw and a recent loss against City (LDWWW). This year the foxes have 2.3 goals per game with an average of 14.6 shots per match. They have an average ball possession of 54.6% and pass accuracy of 82.6% – one of the highest in the league. The last time both sides met, it ended 2-1 with Sadio Mane (40’) and James Milner (90+5’) getting on the scores sheet for Liverpool. James Maddison saw his 80’ equalizer for Leicester City cancelled out in extra-time. Liverpool deserved the win – thanks to an impressive 18 shots on goal with 8 on target. Leicester could only muster 2 shots – with only 1 on target, which ended up in the back of the net. Looking at that statistics you’d be able to tell Liverpool’s defense were resilient at their task, considering the fact that their counterparts had 49% of the ball possession.
This Boxing day classic will have all the attention it deserves, as EPL fans all around the world would be tuning in to what promises to be “Match of the day”. Leicester has no notable injury list so there won’t be any problems selecting a strong first IX. Klopp will also have all his men available as only Matip is out with a cruciate ligament rupture.
As expected, Brendan Rodgers will be counting on the remarkable form of 3 times Man-of-the-Match winner (2019/20), Jamie Vardy who has netted 17 times this season. James Maddison, 4-time Man-of-the-Match winner (2019/20) with 5 goals and 3 assists will also be at his disposal. Klopp will file out with his usual 4-3-3 formation, relying on his lethal attack and tight defense to do the job against a formidable rival.
The match kicks off at 9PM (UK Time) with referee Michael Oliver seeing to things at King Power Stadium. A 65% probability for a familiar 2-1 victory by Liverpool is expected. The odds are in favor of Liverpool and it’s very unlikely the game will end in a draw.
Venue: King Power Stadium
Time: 9PM (UK Time)
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 21:00.