Welcome to Boxing Day 2019 and a jam-packed schedule of sports. There is plenty to keep followers of horse racing busy and UK football is back following a brief break. Premier League matches take place Thursday between 12:30pm and 9:45pm with several enjoying the live TV treatment.
Top of the bill comes in the form of Leicester v Liverpool at the King Power Stadium from 8:00pm. A recent Premier League champion hosting the favourites to end their drought and win the top prize in English football this season. A Christmas cracker. Bookmakers offer betting to help add an extra bit of spice to your viewing. Liverpool may be the visitors, but they are currently 5/4 favourites – top price with bet365 – ahead of the home win which can be taken at 12/5 – best at Sportingbet. There’s 13/5 at Paddy Power if you can’t split them.
Foxes Have Been Fantastic
Celtic fans were up in arms when manager Brendan Rodgers left Parkhead for the promised land of Leicester and another crack at Premier League glory. The former Liverpool boss thought the time was right in his career to return to one of the biggest competitions in world football. To be fair to the Northern Irishman, results so far prove his judgement to be spot on. He dragged The Foxes clear of danger last season and have them battling for a top four finish this term.
The home side rank as the dark horses of the league thus far. It’s highly unlikely they will stop the charge of Liverpool towards the trophy, despite there being plenty of football still to play. There is no reason why Leicester City can’t hold their ground and finish in the best four, however, making a welcome return to the Champions League as a result. To have any chance of achieving that they must ensure the King Power Stadium becomes a fortress.
Liverpool Leading From The Front
Liverpool have barely put a foot wrong so far this season. Under the watchful eye of Jurgen Klopp they have won the Champions League 2019 and blazed a trail of glory towards the summit of the Premier League. The reds have even been involved in the World Club Cup this winter. With so much going on, it’s possible the squad will begin to suffer from fatigue amid a punishing schedule over the festive period. Klopp must rotate his squad, giving fringe and youth players a chance to shine but we have already seen examples of that happening.
The visitors are hot favourites with the bookmakers to win this match and it’s difficult to argue against that stance. They have shown some of the best form in Europe so far this season and have even developed a knack of winning ugly, grinding out three points from games they would have drawn this time last year. Liverpool are improving at a tremendous rate of knots but will be aware they’ll get nothing for free from Leicester. Another battling performance is in order.
Reds Scored a Late 2-1 Win in the Reverse
Flicking through the stats of this fixture makes for very interesting reading indeed, especially if you are a follower of the trends. Both teams have scored in each of the last five games involving Leicester and Liverpool and that hint is just too strong to ignore. Stick with the clues and back both teams to score again in this renewal at a tempting 8/13 with Betway. Perfect for accumulators.
Digging a little deeper, we note that 2-1 has been the final score in three of the last four games, Liverpool winning on each occasion. That was true of the pair’s meeting at Anfield earlier this season. Goals from Sadio Mane and James Milner bettered a strike for James Maddison on that occasion, Liverpool nicking it in the 90th minute. Those after a bigger price will find 9/1 at bet365 on Liverpool winning by a 2-1 correct score again on Thursday.
- Both teams have scored in each of the last five games involving these sides
- Liverpool have won 2-1 in three of the last four meetings
- Leicester haven’t beaten Liverpool since 2017 in the Premier League
- Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last three games vs Leicester
- Jamie Vardy has two goals in five games vs Liverpool