After a 10-day break caused by a coronavirus outbreak, Leicester will resume their season with a three-match series against the leaders of English football. Brendan Rodgers’ men will travel to the Northern Ireland specialist’s former team on Wednesday to challenge for a place in the English Cup semi-finals. for a place in the English League Cup semi-finals. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet mobile.
The Reds have not won this trophy since 2012 and have not played in the semi-finals since the 2016-2017 season. That said, it is Liverpool who remain the most successful team in the history of the tournament – the Merseysiders have eight victories to their credit. Manchester City have had the same number recently. But the Citizens, like Manchester United, have already dropped out of the current competition, which means Liverpool have the prospect of re-emerging as sole leaders.
Another thing is that the English League Cup is still at the bottom of Jurgen Klopp’s list of priorities. Especially now, when the Reds are experiencing staff starvation and fatigue. “Liverpool and Chelsea are the only two teams who have played all their scheduled matches in the Premier League, in the group stage of the European competitions and reached the quarter-finals of the English League Cup. By the way, the Reds easily defeated Norwich 3-0 and Preston 2-0 on their way to the fifth round.
For Liverpool, the match against Leicester will be their fourth in the last ten days. For the Foxes, it will be their first match at Anfield in a similar period. No Premier League team would refuse extra rest ahead of Boxing Day, but certainly not under these circumstances. An epidemic of injuries overlapped with an outbreak of coronavirus, leaving Leicester preparing for the upcoming series of tough fixtures with a significantly reduced squad. In particular, without central defenders.
In this situation, the only thing Brendan Rodgers can be happy about is the result of the match against Newcastle United. Before the pause, Leicester thrashed forty 4-0 and thus broke the streak of three games without a win in all competitions.
Liverpool v Leicester: Draft squads
It is not known which of the Leicester players who contracted the coronavirus have been cured. Therefore, it remains a mystery in which squad the Foxes will appear at Anfield. Leicestershire Live columnist Luke Pauli suggests, based on his insider sources, that Rodgers will field the supposedly recovered Daniel Amarti and Wilfried Ndidi in the centre of defence, with Patson Dack, Kelechi Iheanacho and Harvey Barnes in attack.
Liverpool are much more transparent in this regard. Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Pep Leijnders (who was available to answer journalists’ questions at the pre-match press conference) revealed that Curtis Jones, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho who tested positive for the coronavirus are still unavailable, Jordan Henderson continues to be ill and Divock Origi is recovering from injury.
Unless Liverpool suddenly find themselves out sick on match day, Roberto Firmino, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Neko Williams and Joe Gomez are certain to be in the starting line-up. We should also expect to see Takumi Minamino and someone from the new breed of young talent – such as Kaede Gordon.
Liverpool vs Leicester: prediction
The facts and statistics leave Leicester with no chance in this pairing. This season, Liverpool have not lost their 12 matches on home soil, winning nine of them. The last time Leicester won at Anfield was back in 2000. The Foxes have lost eight of their last ten games at Liverpool. It is also worth noting that Leicester have not beaten the top sides in English football for a long time and in the Premier League only managed to beat the newcomers to the elite division on the road. Liverpool, on the other hand, will certainly appear with a weakened squad, which leaves Leicester with a chance of success. Therefore, I expect a lot of goals in this match and believe that the Reds will not lose in regulation time.