This is the most exciting match of this 3rd round of the Carabao Cup, since we have two great Premier League teams facing off.
Leicester is still a club adored by football fans around the world after their great achievement on the 2015/2016 season when they conquered the Premier League and now they host the Liverpool’s Reds, managed by Jurgen Klopp.
Leicester’s poor campaign last season has driven them out of the spotlight and the pressure for them to perform and have a good campaign seems to have vanished, but they had a bad start of the season again, sitting in 15th place of the league table at the moment, with only 4 points gained.
But has it been that bad? The answer is no, because on the 5 matches they played so far, the team led by Craig Shakespeare has faced Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, teams who made them lose all 9 possible points, and then Brighton and Huddersfield, where they managed to get 4 points out of the possible 6. It’s true that they could have more points by now, but we must consider how hard their schedule was in the beginning of the season.
They now host Liverpool on this League Cup match, knowing they will face them again in 4 days on the Premier League.
Jamie Vardy is a confirmed absence, along with Christian Fuchs, Matty Jmaes and Robert Huth who were already on the injury list and knowing the low importance English clubs give to this competition, a rotation on the starting line-up is predictable, just like Shakespeare has already said.
He will start two young players, Josh Knight and Hamza Choudhury. This team arrives here after having eliminated Sheffield United with a 4-1 win on the 2nd round, on a match where they played with the following starting XI:
Hamer, Amartey, Maguire, C. Fuchs, Chilwell, Musa, Ndidi, A. King, D. Gray, Ulloa and Slimani.
That was a line-up that isn’t much different from Leicester City’s usual starting XI, where we can highlight the presence of the Algerian Mahrez. This will be a good chance for Kalechi Iheanacho to partner up with Islam Slimani up front and in my opinion, they have more than enough quality to cause a surprise on this 3rd round match.
Liverpool was looking to be on track to get that desired great campaign that seems to never come. After 7 points gained on their first 3 Premier League matches, including a 4-0 win against Arsenal, a 5-0 loss against Manchester City and a 1-1 draw against Burnley weren’t expected, considering their positive moves in the transfer window.
The stay of the Brazilian Coutinho, the arrival of the Egyptian Salah and the English Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain looked promising but they are only sitting in 8th place with 8 points conquered so far.
They also didn’t get a good start on the Champions League’s group stage, since they drew 2-2 against Sevilla at home, and there is a lot of criticism pointed towards their biggest weakness, which is the defensive sector.
The club has already conceded 9 goals on these first 5 Premier League matches. Two important matches in the next few days will force Jurgen Klopp to make some changes in the squad and this is the expected starting XI:
Ward; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Grujic, Woodburn, Solanke, Sturridge.
Leicester vs Liverpool – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This is a competition very well-known for surprises and the usual squads’ rotation. Playing at home, I believe that we are upon a stronger Leicester City than their opponents, considering they will also be the one making less changes on their usual starting line-up.
Liverpool’s defensive instability and the balance that Shakespeare will put on the starting line-up makes me believe on a possible surprise, just like I’ve stated above.
Besides that, we have Liverpool who has two more important competitions ahead, because they will have two matches in the next 7 days, one for the Premier League against the same opponent (Leicester City) and one Champions’ League match against Spartak Moscow.
Losing to a big team on this competition isn’t as bad as usual but winning against a big team, even on this competition, has a big importance for a smaller club.
With that said, my bet will be on Leicester, who should be more interested in winning this match.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIP
|Leicester City DNB||