The chances are that by the time this Premier League game kicks-off, Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table will again be just one point. Second-placed Manchester City face Newcastle United on Tuesday night with three points looking likely. Whatever happens, Liverpool can’t afford a slip-up in this home game against Leicester City.

Latest odds

Both of these sides had the weekend off after losing in the FA Cup third round. Liverpool will have appreciated the rest as they have a busy schedule ahead of them with the Champions League on the horizon. They top the Premier League table and will be looking to extend their long unbeaten league run at Anfield.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 33 home league games, not losing since a defeat by Crystal Palace in April 2017. That record looked under threat when Palace visited Anfield on January 19 and went 1-0 up. They recovered to win 4-3 to record their seventh straight home league win. The odds on them making it eight in a row are 1/4 (1.25) at Betfair.

Leicester City are ninth in the table and still in with a chance of Europa League football. That depends on whether seventh place will be good enough as it was last season. The Foxes lack consistency with nine league wins but ten defeats. 

Three of their last four league games have been lost, as well as that 2-1 away loss to League Two Newport County in the FA Cup. Their last visit to the city of Liverpool was on New Year’s Day when beating Everton 1-0. There are odds of 14/1 at William Hill on them getting a win at Anfield.

Head to Head

Liverpool have won their last three league games against Leicester City. Not since the year 2000 have Leicester won a league game at Anfield. Six of the last seven games in all competitions have seen both teams score. The odds on that happening on Wednesday are evens (2.0) at BetVictor.

Team News

Illness may prevent Virgil van Dijk from playing for Liverpool in this game, but Gini Wijnaldum may return. Definitely out is James Milner who is suspended after being sent off against Crystal Palace. Harry Maguire is a doubt for Leicester City.

Goals Galore at Anfield

Liverpool may not quite be in the goal-scoring form of Manchester City, but they are still scoring plenty, particularly at Anfield. Five of the last seven home league games have seen over 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 8/15 at Betfred that there’ll be over 2.5 goals scored in this match.

Clean Sheet?

Liverpool may score plenty of goals at Anfield with 31 goals scored in 11 league games, but only seven have been conceded. Three of those came in the recent Palace game but Liverpool have kept seven home clean sheets this season. The odds on an eighth are 8/9 at 188Bet. Then again, Leicester have scored in all but one of their away league games this season.

Salah in Top Form

Mo Salah is again proving to be an influential player for Liverpool and the goals are flowing. He’s scored four goals in the last three Liverpool home games and it’s 40/17 at Unibet that he scores the first goal and 11/20 at 888sport he bags a goal anytime in the game.

Predictions

Liverpool can’t afford to drop points in this game and should be able to get three points against inconsistent Leicester City. Goals look guaranteed in this match and a bet on Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals scored is 8/11 at Betway.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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