How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Liverpool 4/6, Draw 3/1, Leicester City 4/1 - Paddy Power
- First Goalscorer: Divock Origi 5/1, Roberto Firmino 5/1, Daniel Sturridge 5/1 - Paddy Power
- Half Time/Full Time: Liverpool/Liverpool 8/5, Draw/Liverpool 13/4, Draw/Draw 5/1 - Coral
Liverpool have started their campaign with three tricky away ties, reaping four points from a possible nine. The season started so positively as the Reds stunned Arsenal at the Emirates, but a shock defeat to Burnley brought Jurgen Klopp’s men crashing back down to earth. An encouraging display at Tottenham saw Liverpool dominate the match for long periods, however, they let their lead slip and left with just a solitary point.
Leicester City have endured a mixed start to their title defence, mirroring Saturday’s opponents in picking up four points from three games. An opening day defeat to managerless Hull was followed up by a largely uneventful goalless draw with Arsenal, with neither game showcasing any of the attributes that saw the Foxes scamper to glory last season. Claudio Ranieri’s men finally managed to pick up their first win of the campaign at the third time of asking as they swept Swansea City aside at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool have started this season in much the same way as they finished the last, as the Jurgen Klopp rollercoaster continues to take fans on a wild ride full of dizzying highs and inexplicable lows. The Reds should receive a warm reception on their return home as they play in front of an Anfield crowd that should number well over 54,000. An early goal would certainly help to settle the nerves and Sadio Mane could be the player to provide the breakthrough. The Senegalese winger, who was recently voted Liverpool’s Player of the Month for August, has already found the net for his new club and is 5/1 with BetVictor to score first.
Leicester City managed to hang on to many of their prized assets this summer, losing only N’Golo Kante to Chelsea. The Foxes successfully completed the signing of Algeria’s Islam Slimani on deadline day and the former Sporting Lisbon striker could be in line to make his debut in this game. The 28-year-old is 9/1 to break the deadlock, while a goal at any time is 11/4, both with Sky Bet. Riyad Mahrez could also be worth keeping an eye on, especially if the away side are presented with a chance from the penalty spot. Last season’s PFA Player of the Year is 7/2 with 888Sport to score anytime.
Liverpool stole a narrow 1-0 win in the same fixture last season and are 15/2 with Bet365 to repeat that scoreline this time around. The Reds, who have not lost to any reigning Premier League champion at Anfield in the last five seasons, are favourites to win this tie, but don’t rule out a surprise from Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Sports.net’s top tip: Draw and both teams to score - 22/5 with BetVictor
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.