Will Leicester clash be a lucky omen for Liverpool? History is on their side

first_imgNeither Liverpool nor Leicester have tasted victory in any competition this month, so both Jurgen Klopp and Craig Shakespeare will be going all out for a win in the third round of the League Cup tonight.Here, Unibet break down Opta data to try to predict potential outcomes.Liverpool have won six of their last 10 meetings with Leicester in all competitionsEven during Leicester’s title winning season, Liverpool caused the Foxes problems. The Reds were one of only two sides to beat Leicester in 2015/16, winning 1-0 at Anfield. Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-0; they also beat Liverpool at home last term with a 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium. Generally, however, the Merseysiders have overpowered Leicester in recent years with six wins and a draw in the last 10 encounters, all in the Premier League. Liverpool scored 15 goals and conceded just four across those six victories.Liverpool Are Favourites To Win At 19/20The sides have met just once before in the League CupThe only previous League Cup meeting between Leicester and Liverpool came at Anfield in the third round in October 1986. The hosts won 4-1, the very same scoreline as the most recent encounter between the sides at Anfield in the Premier League last season. Liverpool went on to lose the League Cup final to Arsenal that year, one of four times they’ve been runners-up in the competition. Their most recent League Cup final defeat came in 2015/16, losing to Manchester City. By comparison, Leicester have been runners-up twice.Leicester Can Be Backed At 14/5 To WinLiverpool have won the League Cup eight times, more than any other clubEight League Cup wins make Liverpool the most successful club in the history of the competition. They’ve won it three more times than anyone else; Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea have all lifted the trophy on five occasions. Leicester also have a very respectable record in the competition: only the four aforementioned clubs plus Tottenham, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City have won it more times than the Foxes (3). This year they’ll be aiming to reach their sixth League Cup final, and their first since they won it in 2000.Liverpool Are 10/1 To Win The Competition; Leicester Are 30/1Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded nine goals in three away games so far this seasonLiverpool have kept two clean sheets at home this term but are yet to keep one away, conceding nine goals on the road in all competitions. The Reds conceded three on the opening day of the Premier League at Watford before their 2-1 Champions League qualifying win in Hoffenheim, and Manchester City put five past them earlier this month. Klopp has received criticism for failing to recruit a new centre-back over the summer when it became clear Virgil van Dijk wasn’t a viable option. Will Leicester become the latest team to take advantage of Liverpool’s shaky defence?Over 2.5 Away Goals Can Be Backed At 13/5Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last three appearances against LiverpoolIslam Slimani was the two-goal star in Leicester’s 4-1 win at Sheffield United in the previous round, but the hosts might call on their top scorer Jamie Vardy to lead the line against Liverpool. The striker beat Simon Mignolet twice at the King Power in the Premier League last season in Shakespeare’s first match in charge. He did the same in the previous campaign’s corresponding fixture. Vardy’s penalty at Huddersfield on Saturday was his second goal in as many games; he could score in three successive matches for the first time since April.Vardy Is 6/1 To Open The ScoringYou can listen to live commentary of Leicester City v Liverpool tonight from 7pm on talkSPORT 2 1 Will Liverpool or Leicester come out on top this evening? last_img

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