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Leicester v Liverpool
The battle for survival in the Premier League intensifies as Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. Leicester find themselves in a precarious position, trailing behind their competitors after a three-game winless streak, consisting of two draws and a loss. Failing to secure victories has seen them remain in the relegation zone, with their leaky defence proving to be a major hindrance. The Foxes have struggled to keep a clean sheet in their last 20 Premier League matches, a statistic that will concern manager Dean Smith as they prepare to face Liverpool.
Leicester’s frontline, led by club hero Jamie Vardy, has shouldered the goal-scoring responsibility admirably, finding the net in ten of their last 17 winless games. However, their attacking prowess hasn’t translated into positive results due to defensive vulnerabilities. Leicester’s recent outing against Fulham saw them involved in a thrilling 5-3 defeat, adding to their frustrations. Smith’s managerial record against Liverpool is far from impressive, having lost four of his five previous encounters, with only one victory to his name.
Liverpool, on the other hand, come into this match riding the wave of a six-match winning streak in the Premier League. However, their recent victories have all been hard-fought, with the last five secured by a narrow one-goal margin. The reverse fixture between these two teams saw Liverpool emerge as 2-1 winners, displaying their ability to grind out results. Jürgen Klopp’s side has solidified their position in fifth place, setting the stage for a potential late charge towards the top four.
Liverpool’s away form this season has been a cause for concern, costing them valuable points. They have accumulated more than double the number of points at home compared to their away performances, with a significant discrepancy between the two. Despite this, they managed to secure victories in their last two away fixtures, offering hope for improvement.
The key player to watch for Leicester City is Jamie Vardy, who has been instrumental in their goal-scoring efforts. Vardy has found the net ten times in his last 13 games against Liverpool, making him a potent threat. On the opposing side, Mohamed Salah stands on the verge of another milestone, needing just one goal to become the first Liverpool player since the early 1960s to score 20+ league goals in three consecutive seasons.
In head-to-head encounters, Leicester has had the upper hand at home against Liverpool. They have emerged victorious in the corresponding league fixture for the past two seasons, showcasing their ability to challenge Klopp’s side at the King Power Stadium. However, Liverpool’s only defeats under Klopp against Leicester have come at this very venue, making it a ground where they have struggled. In previous encounters, Diogo Jota has been a thorn in Leicester’s side, scoring eight goals in 11 appearances against them.
Leicester City’s recent form has been concerning, with only one win and six points in their last 13 games. They are on course to register their highest number of league defeats since the 1994-95 season. A loss in this match would equal their record of ten home defeats in a season, a feat last achieved in 1994-95. The Foxes’ defensive struggles have been evident, as they are on the verge of going 21 league matches without a clean sheet for the first time in almost three decades.
Liverpool’s current winning streak has brought them closer to their ambitions, but their away form has been disappointing. They are in danger of suffering their ninth Premier League away defeat this season, a record they haven’t encountered in over a decade. Klopp’s side has struggled defensively, conceding 42 goals in the league, equalling their worst record under his tenure.