Leicester City are not being able to carry on last season's late revival under manager Craig Shakespeare into the present one. The Foxes have managed to garner just one win from their five Premier League games in the 2017-18 season so far.
Going into the weekend home clash at the Bet365 Stadium against Liverpool, players of the caliber of Islam Slimani, Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton need to find form if they are to make a match of it. The side will depend on the skills and improvisation of Riyad Mahrez to create goal-scoring opportunities and the clinical finishing of Vardy.
It will be up to the Foxes to exploit the occasional frailties of the Liverpool defense. This was witnessed in their last weekend's game against Burnley. Although Jurgen Klopp's men were all over the Clarets for better part of the match, they were all at sea in the face of quick counter-attacks.
As for the Leicester defense, the real threat will come from Roma-import, Mohammed Salah. He is bound to torment them with his speed in the wings and goal-mouth opportunism.
Coutinho seems to have put behind all the transfer controversies surrounding him and stay put at Anfield. The 24-year old Brazilian striker made his first appearance for the Reds this season in the second half of the Burnley clash. It could take some time for him to settle down. However along with the likes of Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Salah, he could pose immense problems for the Foxes’ defense.
They will miss the electrifying presence of Sadio Mane. He was red-carded during the Reds’ 0-5 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City.
It will be imperative for the Reds to convert their on-field possession into goals as they did in their 4-0 win over Arsenal. The last two games have witnessed one of the worst phases for the Reds in a long time. They have only found the back of the net once. Saturday's clash provides them with an opportunity to get back to their goal-scoring ways.
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As far as a Leicester City v Liverpool prediction goes Leicester have been always good at home. This in contrast to their poor showing on the road. In fact, they managed to register wins in previous seasons against a Liverpool side in full form. They beat them 2-0 and 3-1 and on Tuesday in EFL they best the Reds 2-0.
But online UK bookmakers are expecting the visiting Reds to hit top gear at the Bet365 stadium on September 23rd and emerge winners. The the odds for a drawn game also are high, giving this contest a potential edge.