- Liverpool’s Premier League matches have averaged a whopping 4.25 goals per 90 minutes this season.
- Five of Leicester’s eight Premier League games this season have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
- Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in eight Premier League assignments this term.
- Diogo Jota has scored six goals in his last five appearances for Liverpool.
Liverpool facing selection crisis
Liverpool went into the international break on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run, though the national team distractions could hardly have gone worse for the Reds, after a number of key players were added to the club’s lengthening list of injuries.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho were already sidelined before Joe Gomez suffered a potentially season ending knee injury while on England duty, while prolific winger Mohamed Salah tested positive for COVID-19 in Egypt.
With Jordan Henderson and Thiago also in a race to be fit, a depleted Liverpool’s proud and record equalling 63 Premier League game unbeaten streak at Anfield suddenly looks under threat on Sunday when early pace setters Leicester City visit Merseyside.
Leicester’s big opportunity
Leicester City haven’t won at Anfield since 2000, though the high-flying Foxes, led by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, will feel they have a huge opportunity this weekend to end their double-decade long wait for a victory on Merseyside.
City were in the midst of an impressive six-game winning streak in all competitions before the pause button was pressed on domestic football, and with big-game specialist Jamie Vardy leading the line, Leicester will be going for the jugular this weekend.
Expect goals at Anfield
Leicester will feel that they have a unique set of favourable circumstances to take advantage of at Anfield on Sunday, however, a more attacking approach from the visitors could leave them looking exposed at the opposite end.
While Liverpool will be without a number of key defenders this weekend, a three-pronged attack of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and the red-hot Diogo Jota looks capable of doing some real damage further up the pitch.
Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures this season have seen more goals (34) than any other team’s so far, and with an open contest likely, we anticipate the eye-watering 4.25 goals per game average in their fixtures to be maintained against Leicester.
With 13 goals, Leicester City are the joint highest scoring away team in the division this term, while only Everton have scored more often than Liverpool at home. With the Reds defensive absentees key, the defending champions are without a clean sheet in six top-tier matches, and the Foxes should have chances to register.
What ever lens you view it through, Liverpool’s clash with Leicester oozes goalscoring potential, and the evidence suggests the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score market is worth backing at the prices quoted.
Our correct score prediction tips the Reds to force a 3-2 victory however. Leicester will arrive at Anfield ready to attack, though their push for a win could leave them vulnerable to the pace of the host’s formidable looking attacking trident.
In what promises to be an end-to-end skirmish where both teams trade blows, we’re backing Liverpool’s superior firepower to eventually outgun the Foxes in a five-goal thriller.
Anytime goalscorer tip: Diogo Jota
Portuguese attacker Diogo Jota was in the form of his life before the international break, and the Reds’ summer signing rattled home six goals in five appearances for Liverpool before joining up with his country.
Jota should be handed a starting berth in Mohamed Salah’s absence on Sunday, and with his confidence soaring, the 23-year-old can add to his impressive streak.
Liverpool injuries and team news
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are all injured and won’t feature, though Fabinho has an outside chance of being involved.
Mohamed Salah tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t play, while Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Rhys Williams are all nursing ailments.
Leicester City injuries and team news
Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu are both ruled out for Leicester, though the Foxes will hope to have Wesley Fofana and Timothy Castagne available.
Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira are both making steady progress, though Sunday’s game might come too early for them.