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📝Premier League Boxing Day Clash: Liverpool vs Leicester City

Wed 25 December 2019 | 13:28

The Premier League's top two will lock horn at the end of the Boxing Day as Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester went down 3-1 to the reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening. Another defeat at the end of the

Boxing Day

would be a nightmare for the Foxes who saw the end of their long unbeaten run.

On the other hand, Liverpool have won 16 of their 17 league games so far this season, standing 10 points clear at the top of the

Premier League

with a game in hand.

The Foxes have been simply brilliant and, at ten points behind Liverpool, are the only club remaining within any kind of touching distance of The Reds.

It is believed that if any team can end Liverpool's remarkable winning streak, it is Brendan Rodgers' Leicester. Otherwise, Liverpool can end

Boxing Day

13 points clear with another win.

With a brilliant defense and creative midfield, Leicester’s performance has surprised everyone this season.

In recent weeks, however, Rodgers’ side has faltered. A 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City was followed by a defeat at the Etihad

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Stadium on Saturday evening.

Key statistics:

Liverpool

have won their last two Premier League away games against Leicester but they’ve never won three consecutive away matches against them.

Leicester

have lost four of their last five

Premier League

matches with Liverpool (D1) since winning 3-1 in February 2017.

Both teams have found the net in each of the last seven Premier League meetings between Leicester and Liverpool. Both teams have scored in just eight matches out of their previous 20 meetings between them in the competition.

Leicester and Liverpool faced on

Boxing Day

in the Foxes’ title-winning campaign of 2015-16; the Reds won 1-0 at Anfield, inflicting one of just three league defeats on Leicester that season.

Liverpool have won their last four

Boxing Day

matches in the Premier League, by an aggregate score of 11-0.

The Reds have won 29 Premier League games in 2019, only once in their history have Liverpool won more top-flight games in a single calendar year (33 in 1982).

At the beginning of the

Boxing day

, Liverpool are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. In English top-flight history, the only side to be 10+ points clear at Christmas and not win the title were Newcastle United in 1995-96.

Leicester lost their last Premier League game, conceding as many goals in their 1-3 defeat against Man City as they had in their previous eight combined in the league. The Foxes haven’t lost back-to-back league games since their final three under Claude Puel in February.

Only Andy Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (7). Vardy has scored in each of his last three home games against Liverpool in the competition (5 goals).

Sadio Mané has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine starts in all competitions (4 goals, 6 assists), registering at least one assist in his last four starts. Mané could be the second Liverpool player to assist in five consecutive starts in 2019, after Trent Alexander-Arnold (six in April and May).

Head to head result: 

The Reds' 2-1 win in the reverse fixture made it five games without defeat against Leicester, including four wins.

Liverpool's last visit to the King Power Stadium ended in a nervy win in September 2018, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both on the scoresheet in the first half.

However, Leicester's last four wins in this fixture have all come in front of their own fans, a run that stretches back to their last Anfield triumph in 2000.

Team News:

Liverpool will be without the services of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain across the festive period after the midfielder sustained an injury to his ankle in Qatar.

Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Fabinho are also sidelined through injury.

Harvey Barnes could be available for Leicester after coming off against Manchester City with an ankle problem following a collision with Ederson.

Matthew James remains the only long-term absentee.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Unavailable: Clyne (Injured), Matip (Injured), Fabinho (Injured), Lovren (Injured)

Doubtful: Brewster (Injured), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured)

Leicester XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Ayoze Perez, Maddison, Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy

Unavailable: James (Injured)

Doubtful: Barnes (Injured)


source: SportMob