Carabao Cup – Leicester vs Liverpool – Match Preview – The fourth round of the Carabao Cup takes place this Tuesday, with Liverpool facing a trip to Leicester in one of three all Premier League ties. A win for either of these sides would take them in to the round of 16.
Liverpool haven’t had the greatest of weeks. A 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City and a 2-2 home draw with Sevilla in the Champions League has put a dampener on the Reds’ start to the season. They followed this up at the weekend with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield, to finish off a poor week for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Liverpool will be hoping to return to winning ways at the King Power Stadium and avoid going four games without a win.
One highlight of the Reds’ season so far has been Mohamad Salah. The Egyptian scored Liverpool’s equaliser at the weekend, to take his tally to six for the season in all competitions. The winger has been a constant menace for opposition defences so far this campaign, as he begins to repay the reported 35 million pound fee Liverpool paid to prize him from Roma.
Leicester by contrast have had an indifferent start to the season. A draw at Huddersfield this weekend was the Foxes fourth point of the campaign, which is a disappointing return from five games. In the defence of Craig Shakespeare’s side, they have already faced tricky trips to the Emirates and Old Trafford, as well as hosting last year’s Premier League champions. Even against superior opposition, they have been unlucky to not pick up any points, and I’ve no doubt their form will soon improve.
Liverpool haven’t won at the King Power stadium since 2014, when Leicester first returned to the Premier League. Since then, the Reds have lost both of their games there, with the Foxes coming out 2-0 and 3-1 winners. In the last six games between the two clubs they have recorded 20 goals between them, averaging at just over three goals a game.
If, as expected, the two managers make changes to their regular side, I would expect goals to be in large supply. Over 2.5 match goals and both teams to score would be my bet, with both teams notoriously leaky at the back.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Liverpool
SKYBET: CORRECT SCORE LEICESTER 2-1- 12/1
SKYBET: BTTS AND OVER 2.5 MATCH GOALS- 11/10
SKYBET: VARDY TO SCORE FIRST AND 1-1 DRAW- 30/1
SKYBET: SOLANKE AND SALAH TO BOTH SCORE- 6/1
SKYBET: IHEANACHO TO SCORE A BRACE- 14/1
SKYBET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES- 14/1