Liverpool has been must-watch this season, and once again the Reds are the main event midweek against a good but hobbled Leicester City side at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
The Reds (2nd, 41 points) stumbled slightly in a 2-2 draw against an in-form Spurs side last time out as Mohamed Salah’s stunning run of 15 Premier League games with a goal or assist came to an end. Despite the controversial referee decisions that impacted that result, Liverpool is clearly still a force to be reckoned with.
This game falls within 48 hours of their Boxing Day league matches, but while Leicester City was busy grappling with league leader Manchester City on Sunday, Liverpool was afforded some rest with its match against Leeds United postponed due to COVID-19 and other injury issues impacting Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
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That extra rest for Liverpool doesn’t help a Leicester City team (10th, 22 points) once thought to be a top four contender but which is trending in a much different direction. The Foxes have the fortune of playing the top two teams in the league within 48 hours of each other. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers understandably called the schedule “ridiculous” and will be sweating a significant injury list, especially at the back.
To make the match even more difficult, these two teams matched up in the EFL Cup (Carabao Cup) quarterfinals just a week ago. The Foxes left it all out on the field in that match, coughing up a 3-1 lead on the road and falling in penalties. If Leicester manages to put up a similar fight against one of the world’s best teams on such short rest, it would be impressive.
How to watch Leicester City vs. Liverpool
- Date: Tuesday, Dec. 28
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBCSN
- Spanish-language TV: —None—
- Streaming: fuboTV (free 7-day trial) , NBCSports.com (authenticated users)
In addition to being on NBCSN, the match will also be accessible via the NBC Sports website for authenticated cable, satellite or telco subscribers.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool lineups, squad news
If you’re a Leicester City fan, buckle up. The Foxes saw right back Ricardo Pereira suffer a broken leg in the EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool, and he will miss significant time. Center back Caglar Soyuncu also left that match with a hamstring injury and is out for the forseeable future. Johnny Evans is unavailable for the festive fixtures with a thigh problem, and Harvey Barnes, Ryan Bertrand, and Wesley Fofana will all be missing as well.
Jamie Vardy and Wilfried Ndidi were both on the bench for the Boxing Day match against Manchester City, but Brendan Rodgers admitted they are both injured, and were included only as emergency options due to a lack of depth. That’s the struggle Leicester City currently faces.
Leicester City predicted starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel (GK); Thomas, Vestergaard, Amartey, Albrighton; Tielemans, Soumare; Lookman, Maddison, Perez; Iheanacho.
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While Leicester’s bad news piles up, things are looking up for Liverpool. The club announced that Virgil van Dijk has cleared COVID-19 protocol and is ready to return, as are Thiago, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones.
The only player unavailable for the time being is left back Andy Robertson who is suspended for the red card picked up against Tottenham, while Harvey Elliott’s serious ankle injury keeps him out until at least January. Otherwise, the squad is as fit as can be around this time of year.
Liverpool predicted starting lineup (4-3-3): Allison (GK); Tsimikas, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Keita, Fabinho, Milner; Mane, Jota, Salah.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool betting tip & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Leicester City simply faces an unfair uphill climb in this match, having played 48 hours previously against the league leaders. Liverpool got an unexpected rest, and as a result, this match could end up with a harsh result.
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Still, both teams are proficient at finding the back of the net, and instead of backing a well-managed Leicester City side to get blown out, back the over despite the somewhat unsavory odds. This could be a blowout yet, but the Foxes will put up a fight like they did in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool and again against Man City in the 6-3 Boxing Day thriller.
Pick: Liverpool to win & over 2.5 goals parlay (-140)
Prediction: Liverpool 4, Leicester City 2
- Moneyline: Leicester +700 / Draw +450 / Liverpool -280
- Spread: Liverpool -1.5 (-105) / Leicester +1.5 (-110)
- O/U 3.5 total goals: Over -105 / Under -120
- Both teams to score: Yes -170 / No +130