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Leicester vs Liverpool: Reds to race out of blocks

Leicester vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Saturday 1st September

What time is kick-off? 12:30

Where is it being played? King Power Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Who is the referee? Paul Tierney

The first Premier League match of the weekend features the leaders as Liverpool look to maintain their impressive start to the campaign when they travel to Leicester on Saturday lunchtime.

The Reds are expected to be Manchester City's main title rivals this season and victory at the King Power Stadium would boost their credentials.

Leicester suffered a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in the opening round of games but have since got their season up and running with successive wins against Wolves and Southampton.

Leicester vs Liverpool Betting Tips

Check out our three best tips for the game below:

The lowdown

Liverpool's three victories have all come in fixtures which they also won last season but it is their defensive performances which suggest this term could be different.

Three clean sheets will have raised confidence in a defence boosted by the arrival of goalkeeper Alisson in the summer and Jurgen Klopp has had the luxury of naming an unchanged starting line-up so far.

Leicester were unfortunate to come away from Old Trafford empty-handed but the expected goals data suggests they were fortunate to take six points from their next two matches, with Harry Maguire netting an injury-time winner.

The Reds are worthy favourites but rather than 40/85 for the win, we prefer the BetStars odds boost of 9/4 for the visitors to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 as the first of our Leicester vs Liverpool predictions.

Liverpool start matches at a fast tempo so 6/5 for them to be leading at both half-time and full-time is another way to back the Reds at a bigger price, while a goal in the first 10 minutes at 31/10 is added to our Leicester vs Liverpool betting tips.

First goalscorer tips

Mohamed Salah is the obvious dangerman and is 13/5 to open the scoring but Sadio Mane represents better value at 5/1.

He has been almost as threatening as Salah in the last 10 Premier League games and is a bigger price than team-mate Roberto Firmino, who has failed to score for the Reds in the league since the middle of April.

Anytime goalscorer tips

It seems only a matter of time before Trent Alexander-Arnold gets the goal the young full-back has deserved.

The England international has struck the woodwork twice this season already and stands out at 13/2 to finally find the net here.

Where the game will be won and lost

Liverpool have been leading at half-time in each of their three matches so far and that was also the case in this fixture last season.

The Reds were 2-0 up after 23 minutes last September and Leicester have a habit of conceding plenty of chances early on so Liverpool will look to take control from the off.

That was the case against Brighton, with Klopp much happier with his team's first-half performance than the second half.

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"First half was a good mindset, really patient in the right moment, and we scored the goal and could've score more and I don't think they had a chance in the first half," said the German.

"Then there was half-time and we didn't do exactly the same, the boys changed a little bit and it was not the best idea. We didn't show the same patience and it was a more open game and there was absolutely no need for that."

Leicester may be shown more respect than Brighton so expect Liverpool to shut the game down once in front rather than chasing more goals.

Team news

Jamie Vardy is still absent for Leicester as he serves the last match of a three-game suspension, while Matty James remains sidelined with an Achilles problem.

Klopp could name an unchanged Liverpool side for the fourth successive match. Captain Jordan Henderson has been a substitute in all three matches so far, while fellow midfielder and new signing Fabinho has not even made the last two squads. Defender Dejan Lovren (hip) is still sidelined.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Sadio Mane has made a flying start to the new season, scoring three of Liverpool's seven goals in the Premier League. We fancy the Reds to maintain their winning start and the odds boost for Mane to be on target too has plenty of appeal.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football