Liverpool are set to take on Leicester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy final on Saturday, 22 July 2017 in Hong Kong. Having beaten Crystal Palace earlier, Liverpool will contest the final against Leicester City who beat West Brom on penalties. The game will be kicking off at around 08:30 local time / 13:30 uk time and SkySports will have live coverage in the UK. We will be placing live links closer to the kickoff of this game.
Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview: Its a massive league game for Leicester City who go into the monday night 18th in the table 1 point behind Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough who are 16th and 17th respectively. Liverpool on the other hand can go second in the table with a win as Arsenal, City and Manchester United are not involved in the premier league this weekend. Its all setup for a cracking game of football and it will be interesting to see how Leicester City players react after the sacking of their league winning manager (in which apparently they played a big role).
We can expect most of the first team players back in the sides. Jamie Vardy is likely to lead the attack for Leicester City while Liverpool will be lining up with Origi and Firmino upfront while Coutinho and Lallana to provide support in attack alongside Henderson playing in central midfield role.
Last time these two meet was back in February when Leicester City were fighting for premier league title and Jamie Vardy was having the time of his life. He scored twice the in second half at king power stadium to win three points for Leicester City.
Team News & Lineups: Claudio Ranieri has full squad to choose from without any major injury worries which means will see the usual starting lineup from Leicester City with Vardy and Okazaki leading the forward line while Mehrez, Albrighton to take wing positions.
Liverpool on the other hand will bring back Lallana, Firmino, Henderson, Milner back in the starting lineup who missed out against West Ham. We will have team news and possible lineups on monday.
Predictions: What makes Premier League the most exciting league in the world is unpredictability and thats exactly what we can expect in Liverpool vs Leicester City game this boxing day. Liverpool has lost two back to back games but they will still be slight favourites at home against leaders Leicester who have been defying logic all season so far. I am going with a 2-1 win for Liverpool in this one with Coutinho having a major impact in this game.
Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
13′ 1 – 0 Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in jsut 13th minute with a nicely taken goal.
31′ 2 – 0 Sadio Mane doubled the lead when sturridge squared a neat pass inside the boxing and Mane chipped it over the keeper.
38′ 2 – 1 Jamie Vardy tapped home in a open goal after Lucas struggled to clear his lines.
56′ 3 – 1 Adam Lallana restore the two goal lead with absolute cracking shot past Leicester keeper.
89′ 4 – 1 Roberto Firmino scored the fourth after a counter attacking move.