Leicester host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, with the game set to kick off at 12:30pm. After three games of the season, Leicester are seventh in the table, while Liverpool are top.
Leicester have managed to secure six points from their opening three games; beating Wolves and Southampton after their opening day defeat against Man United. They’ll be happy with their decent start, and will be hoping to keep that up as their aim this season has to be a top 10 finish.
Today’s game definitely won’t be easy, but even if they lose it narrowly and can take some positives from it, they won’t be too upset. Their next few fixtures look relatively kind on paper, so they can kick on after this game. That’s not to say we can completely rule them out before a ball is even kicked, as they have beaten the top sides before, but they’ll certainly find it difficult today. The Foxes could well cause an upset in front of their own fans. They’ll definitely be up for this one.
They’re without Jamie Vardy once again, as he serves the last of his three-match suspension. Missing their main man is a huge blow for them. Of course, they have managed to get through their last two games without him, but they would like to be able to play him today. He really suits them, especially when they’re playing against the top sides because his pace offers them so much on the break. Kelechi Iheanacho could be the man tasked with leading the line again, but he really hasn’t convinced yet. Maybe today will be the day for him.
Liverpool are top of the table after winning their first three games. They beat West Ham 4-0, Crystal Palace 2-0 and Brighton 1-0. There has been a lot of talk about them not playing very well so far this season, which is something I agree with to an extent, but still racking up the points despite not dominating is encouraging.
West Ham almost rolled over for the Reds, while they struggled against Palace and Brighton and were lucky to get out with the three points in those games. That’s the narrative anyway. But I have a slightly different view of that, and I’m leaning more towards a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park being a really good result. Palace aren’t an easy team to play against, and they’ll take plenty of points from plenty of teams there this season.
Then Brighton rolled into Anfield and parked the bus. The Seagulls were tremendous and defended with everything they had. I would rather look at that as a brilliant performance by Brighton rather than a poor performance by Liverpool. But I can see where people are coming from there too; Liverpool probably should be opening teams up a bit more, especially as home.
The Reds will hope to make it four wins from four today and really begin to lay down a marker. They’ll be hoping to go out and convince and win it comfortably. The way Leicester set up could decide this game. Liverpool will be hoping they want to come out and play and go for a win, because the Reds would be confident of cutting them open when they leave space at the back.
As mentioned above, Jamie Vardy misses out again for Leicester. Matty James is their only injury concern, as he misses out with an Achilles problem.
Dejan Lovren is still absent for Liverpool while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a long-term absentee.
This should be a very good game, and it’s one I’m really looking forward to. I’ll be watching it, and you can follow the action with me on Twitter. Enjoy the game.
The team news will be out at 11:30am, and you’ll get that up here too.