Leicester City v Liverpool Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Claude Puel is without Jamie Vardy and our tipster feels that the value is backing the Reds to make an early breakthrough at the King Power Stadium

Liverpool will look to continue their perfect start when they head to Leicester for Saturday's early kick-off. The Reds are now 5/2 (3.50) for the title in 888 Sport's latest Premier League odds.

Latest Odds

The visitors are red-hot favourites to come out on top in the East Midlands and 888Sport offer just 3/7 (1.43) about the visitors making it four consecutive league wins to kick off the campaign. The last time the Merseyside club managed such a start was 1990-91 under Kenny Dalglish.

Leicester are 13/2 (7.50) underdogs to make it three straight victories in the league having seen off Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton. None of the previous eight head-to-head meetings in all competitions have ended all square but the draw is a 19/5 (4.80) chance here.

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Team News

Jamie Vardy continues to serve his suspension after being sent off against Wolves, so Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to start up front once more as he did at St Mary's Stadium last weekend.

Dejan Lovren is likely to remain side-lined with a groin problem with Klopp suggesting that the Croatian defender would be unlikely to return prior to the upcoming international break.

Preview

Action in the final third is usually guaranteed when these sides square off. The last five Premier League meetings have seen both teams score and have averaged four goals a game.

The over 2.5 goals line is 7/10 (1.70) here but goals at both ends is priced at 10/11 (1.91) at 888Sport, mostly due to Vardy's absence.

The striker is a huge miss for the Foxes considering he has netted 27 times against the big six teams. That's 43 per cent of Leicester's entire goal tally against that calibre of opposition since they returned to the top flight in 2014.

Leicester v Liverpool betting preview

Goals might look attractive based on recent meetings but at a short price and with Liverpool's defence yet to be breached, the value lies elsewhere at the King Power Stadium.

Predictions and Tip

It's easy to see why Liverpool are so well fancied but finding an angle offering a tasty price is a tougher assignment.

The best selection is to back the Reds to lead at half time. That's available at 11/13 (1.81) with 888Sport and suits the likely pattern of the game.

Once of the main criticisms of Puel's spell at Leicester has been the propensity for his side to be too tentative early and conceding the first goal as a result. The Foxes have played 17 league games since January 31 2017 and have fallen behind in 11 of them - including two of their three this season.

Without Vardy to lead the line Liverpool should fancy their chances getting ahead early. Klopp's team have been ahead at the interval in all three matches so far and with an in-form defence to call upon, it's likely to be tough going in the initial stages for the hosts.

Odds correct at the time of publish

Betting Banner - Best Bet Liverpool to win the first half at 11/13 (1.81) for a 2.5pt stake with 888Sport

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