Six Premier League matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon with two shown live on TV courtesy of BT Sport and Sky Sports. Liverpool v Leicester escapes the attention of the bright lights and that’s surprising as it looks to be the standout fixture of the weekend as top of the league takes on the dark horses of the division so far.
This match at Anfield, set for a 3.00pm kick-off, promises to be a thriller as both sides go in confident they have what it takes to grab the points. Liverpool have a 100% league record so far but that will be tested to breaking point when hosting a Leicester City side who have won four of their last five and are just two points behind second place Manchester City.
Football fans can follow the live commentary of this match or boost their enjoyment of the 90 minutes with a bet on the outcome. Bookmakers offer match winner prices as well as a number of exciting specials, including first goal scorer, handicap and total goals. Who will come out on top? Traders at William Hill have the home win as 4/9 favourite, which was to be expected. Value hunters are sure to show an interest in the 13/2 served up by bet365 on Leicester, while the draw is 19/5 – top price when entrusting your stake money to Unibet.
Liverpool Boast a 100% Record
Liverpool set up for game seven of the new season with a perfect record. This will be their first match of October and they go in with 21 points on the board from seven previous starts. Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored 18 goals and conceded just five. Those stats mean they boast the joint best defence in the league. Interestingly, they share that with Leicester City who have also conceded five. 18 goals scored ranks them second behind defending champions Man City who have rattled in a jaw-dropping 27 goals in seven games.
The home team were last seen protecting their perfect start with a narrow 1-0 win over newly promoted Sheffield United on the road. A more comfortable margin of victory was expected but fans left pleased with the three points, knowing too many draws cost them the title last season. The ability to win ugly, grinding out narrow victories, will prove all the difference this term. Wijnaldum scored the only goal of the game that day when breaking the deadlock on 70 minutes. The Blades more than held their own for long periods of the match but could have no real complaints about leaving empty handed.
Leicester Itching to Get at the Reds
Leicester City go into the weekend placed third in the Premier League. Their stats read four wins and two draws against just one defeat, sitting seven points off the pace set by their opponents. The Foxes have conceded just five goals so far, as already mentioned, while banging in 13 of their own at the other end. They’re not conceding many, which is great news for manager Brendan Rodgers, but they have hit the net fewer times than Chelsea down in seventh and have the same number of goals as Bournemouth in eighth.
The visitors suffered their first and only defeat of the season so far when ending on the wrong side of a 1-0 at Old Trafford in their first match of September, edged out by a tight margin. Everyone at the King Power will look back on that one as a missed opportunity, given how poor The Red Devils have been so far. They rallied back to upset the odds by beating Tottenham next time out before hammering Newcastle 5-0 last weekend, both wins coming in front of their own fans. Confidence is sky high in the Leicester dressing room and the players will be itching to test themselves against the best side in the division at present.
Stats Push Us Towards a 2-1 Home Win
This looks, on paper, to be a fascinating match involving two form teams. The easy pick would be to go with top of the league playing at home, but Liverpool’s price is predictably tight. There’s value to be had when looking through the various markets. Taking our clues from the trends and we see both teams have scored in each of the last four matches involving these teams and we’re going for more of the same this weekend. Both teams to find the net at least once on Saturday has been priced up as a 4/5 shot at William Hill and that’s enough to get our attention.
That bet will work best in accumulators alongside four or five similar picks. Those looking for a super single may be interested to know that two of the last three meetings have ended in 2-1 Liverpool wins. They also beat Chelsea 2-1 recently and scored two goals in two of their last three starts. Shoot for a 2-1 Liverpool correct score win at Bet Victor and you’ll benefit from a cracking 8/1.
- Liverpool have beaten Leicester 2-1 twice in their last three games
- Both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings of these sides
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 Premier League games
- Sadio Mane scored in each of his last two games vs Leicester City
- Liverpool have won their last 16 Premier League matches