2:00 AM (AEDST) Sunday, December 31 at Anfield, Liverpool
Round 21 of the English Premier League gets underway on Sunday, with heavyweight side Liverpool playing hosts to Leicester City.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndldl, Iborra, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
There have been 95 league games between these two outfits with Liverpool winning 40 games to the Foxes 35. A further 20 games have been drawn. Liverpool won the last clash, earlier this season, by 3-2.
Liverpool were the best attacking side in the Premier League for near the entire season before some indifferent late season form saw them drop off slightly. They started off this season with their attack firing when they had a 3 all draw with Watford. Their defence was much when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0. They flogged fellow heavyweights Arsenal 4-0 before copping a 5-0 hiding from Manchester City. They then had a 1 all draw with Burnley before beating Leicester City 3-2. In Round 7 they were held to a 1 all draw with Newcastle. They then had a scoreless draw with Man Utd before a heavy 4-1 loss to Spurs. They’ve since beaten the Terriers 3-0, Hammers 4-1 and Southampton 3-0. After a 1 all draw with Chelsea, they beat Stoke 3-0 and Brighton 5-1. The Reds then had draws with Everton and West Brom before belting Bournemouth 4-0. After an entertaining 3 all draw with Arsenal, Liverpool then hammered lowly Swansea 5-0.
Leicester opened their season with a high scoring loss to heavyweight side Arsenal 4-3 before beating newly promoted Brighton 2-0. In Round 3 the Foxes fell to Man U 2-0 and followed it up with a 2-1 loss to yet another heavyweight side in Chelsea. In Round 5 they were held to a 1 all draw with another promoted side Huddersfield. They then fell 3-2 to Liverpool before back-to-back draws with Bournemouth and West Brom. They have since beaten Swansea and Everton before a 2 all draw in Round 11 against Stoke. They then Lost 2-0 to Man City and then had a draw with Hammers before winning their next four straight games against Spurs, Burnley, Newcastle and Southampton. They lost heavily to the lowly Crystal Palace by 3-0, then had a draw with Man U and a 2-1 loss to Watford.
Strikers – Liverpool has the second best attack in the League while Leicester’s attack has a knack for doing just enough to keep up.
The Reds are expected to win this comfortably.