|Game||Leicester City vs Liverpool|
|Date & Time||Thursday December 26, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
King Power Stadium Leicester, England
LIV +115 O/U 2.5
Liverpool visits Leicester City on Thursday in a Boxing Day English Premier League fixture. First place Liverpool (16-1-0) could stretch their lead over second place Leicester City (12-3-3) to 13 points with a victory or see their lead cut to just seven points with a loss.
Liverpool has four wins and one loss in its last five played over all competitions. Its last Premier League fixture resulted in a 2-0 victory at Anfield over Watford. The Reds are coming off a 1-0 victory over Flamengo to win the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday. Firmino scored the matches’ only goal in the ninth minute of extra time.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool in goals scored with 9 each, while Roberto Firmino is third in goals scored with 4. Trent Alexander-Arnold leads Liverpool in assists with 6, while Andrew Robertson and Mane each have 5. Alisson in goal is 8-1-0 with 0.60 90-minute goals against and .792 save percentage.
Leicester City is coming off a 3-1 loss to Manchester City in its most recent EPL fixture last Saturday. The loss by the Foxes allowed Man City to move to within one point of second place. Jamie Vardy scored in the 22nd minute for Leicester City’s only goal, but City equalized just eight minutes later and took the lead for good with a penalty before the break. Matty James is out injured and Harvey Barnes was injured in the loss to City and is doubtful for the Liverpool match.
Jamie Vardy is the leader in goals scored for Leicester with 17, while Ayoze Perez is second with 4. Harvey Barnes is the leader in assists with 5, while Ben Chilwell, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Vardy each have 3 assists. Kasper Schmeichel is 12-3-3 in goal with 0.78 90-minute goals against and .763 save percentage.
Liverpool will be playing at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium which means the Reds will have to bring their top game if they want to leave with all three points. The Foxes are 7-2-0 at home this campaign and have taken 23 of 27 points. Liverpool knows a victory will give them a 13-point cushion atop the league heading into a four-match stretch over the next 10 days. Final Score Prediction, Liverpool wins 3-2