EFL Cup: Liverpool vs Leicester City preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
EFL Cup: Liverpool vs Leicester City preview, team news, prediction and tips
December 21
Football

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Liverpool will welcome Leicester City to Anfield in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 21:45 CEST.

Preview

Liverpool's eight-game winning streak across all competitions had come to an end on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp's men sharing points with Tottenham in North London. It would be fair to say that the Covid-19 outbreak in the Reds' squad was one of the reasons for their slip-up in the English capital as Liverpool's defence looked rather unconvincing without coronavirus-positive Virgil van Dijk. Sunday's draw also means that the Reds have fallen three points adrift of PL leafers Manchester City so Klopp's crop will certainly give their all to return to winning ways in mid-week.

Leicester, meanwhile, saw their encounters with Tottenham and Everton postponed due to Covid crisis in the English top flight meaning that Brendan Rodgers' side will travel to Anfield on the back of a 10-game break following a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United on December 12. Despite their confident win over the Magpies, the Foxes haven't been at the best this term so far as they sit in ninth in the PL table with 22 points taken from 16 matches.

Team news

As mentioned, Van Dijk is unavailable for the hosts due to a positive coronavirus test as well as Curtis Jones, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara. Andrew Robertson, meanwhile, won't help his side in this one after his red card against Spurs. As per reports, no less than seven first-team players will play no part for the Foxes on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid-19 lately while James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans are set to miss the forthcoming clash through injuries.

Prediction

Even if Klopp lines up a fully reserve squad on Wednesday, we'd still give Liverpool the nod this time around given that Rodgers could return to Anfield with as few as 11 first-team players. Even with a fully fit set-up at his disposal, Rodgers wouldn't arguably cause major problems to the Reds' reserves who recently defeated AC Milan in the Champions League, so let's back the hosts to qualify for the competitions semi-final.

Tip

Liverpool to win at 1.878 with 1XBET.


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