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    Leicester City vs Liverpool Match Preview


    Liverpool have the chance to avenge their midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City when the two sides meet again in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

    Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani scored the goals to send The Foxes into the fourth round despite seeing their opponents dominate a one-sided first-half and miss several clear-cut chances throughout the match.

    Multiple changes in personnel are expected when the teams take to the field at the King Power Stadium this weekend, with both managers in desperate need of a first Premier League victory during the month of September.

    Leicester City

    Leicester have surprisingly made a stuttering start to the season, having already lost as many times in the opening five matches as they did throughout their entire title-winning campaign of 2015-16.

    The Foxes have, however, been dealt a difficult start to the season, with those defeats coming against FA Cup and Community Shield winners Arsenal, EFL Cup and Europa League winners Manchester United and Premier League champions Chelsea.

    The campaign had started with much optimism after the club forked out £57 million in the summer to sign Hull City defender Harry Maguire, Sevilla midfielder Vincent Iborra and Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

    While Maguire has enjoyed a successful start to his Leicester career, having been named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the recent matches against Malta and Slovakia, both Iborra and Iheanacho have struggled to break into the first-team.

    Craig Shakespeare's side opened up the campaign against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but lost a classic encounter 4-3 having surrendered a 3-2 lead with only seven minutes remaining.

    The club have shown signs in recent weeks of a turnaround in form after battling hard to earn a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town last weekend before beating Saturday's opponents Liverpool 2-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

    Shakespeare, whose side sit 15th in the table, made seven changes for the victory on Tuesday night and is expected to recall the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Harry Maguire and Riyad Mahrez this weekend after they were all rested in midweek.

    Liverpool

    Liverpool began the season in sparkling form by winning four of their first five matches in all competitions and scoring 14 times in the process, while they also climbed to second in the league and qualified for the Champions League group stages.

    The Reds, however, have failed to record a victory in their past four outings during the month of September and have conceded 10 goals in the process against Manchester City, Sevilla, Burnley and Saturday's opponents Leicester.

    Jurgen Klopp has elected to shuffle his pack during the last two matches, with seven changes made to his line-up for the 1-1 draw with Burnley last weekend and eight alterations for Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to The Foxes at the King Power Stadium.

    Despite dominating the first-half, Liverpool squandered several chances which would have painted a more accurate picture than the scoreline portrayed at the interval but the home side seized control after the break when their wasteful opponents ran out of gas.

    Klopp will once again make several changes to his starting XI when they return to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all set to return.

    Salah has been in excellent form this season despite the club's recent drop in standards and scored his fifth goal since a £34 million summer transfer from Roma in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Burnley at Anfield.

    The Reds have painful memories of the King Power Stadium in recent times having also lost 2-0 in Leicester's title-winning campaign of 2015-16 before suffering a 3-1 defeat 12 months later in arguably the club's most disappointing performance of last season.

    Leicester City Team News

    After making seven changes in midweek, Leicester are expected to name a similar starting XI to the one which earned a point at Huddersfield last weekend, with Kasper Schmeichel, Harry Maguire and Riyad Mahrez all set to be recalled.

    Jamie Vardy, who has scored five goals in his last three matches against Saturday's opponents, is also likely to return to the Foxes' line-up after he missed the 2-0 win in midweek with a groin strain.

    Matty James, meanwhile, began the first four matches of the campaign but is expected to be out for around six weeks after he picked up an Achilles strain in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea a fortnight ago.

    Christian Fuchs is likely to start, however, having suffered a freak eye injury in training prior to the draw at Huddersfield, while Leonardo Ulloa also returns to the squad after recovering from the head injury he sustained against Liverpool. 

    Liverpool Team News

    Jurgen Klopp is also expected to revert to a stronger line-up after resting several players in recent matches, with the likes of Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all returning.

    The game may have come too soon for Dejan Lovren, however, after the Croatian defender sat out the last two matches against Burnley and Leicester with a back strain and has been unable to take part in training.

    Emre Can and Joel Matip will also be assessed ahead of kick-off after the duo picked-up knocks last weekend, while Adam Lallana (thigh) and Nathaniel Clyne (back) remain on the sidelines having failed to feature so far this season.

    Meanwhile, Sadio Mane serves the final game of his three-match ban for catching Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson with a high boot but will be eligible to return to the club's line-up against Newcastle next Sunday.

    Head-to-head

    Leicester have won three of their last four matches against Liverpool in all competitions, with all three of those victories coming at the King Power Stadium including the Carabao Cup fourth round tie on Tuesday night.

    The Foxes also had an outstanding record over Liverpool during their previous spell in the Premier League, securing five wins and three draws against Saturday's opponents from nine matches between December 1996 and March 2001.

    Liverpool, however, have the edge in terms of Premier League meetings with 10 wins and five draws from 22 encounters, while they also beat The Foxes 2-1 in Hong Kong to win the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy.

    The Reds lead the all-time head-to-head with 44 wins and 24 draws from 107 matches, with the first encounter between the teams taking place in 1895 between Liverpool and Leicester Fosse at Anfield.

    Score Prediction

    Leicester City 2-1 Liverpool
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