After a thrilling International break, the domestic action resumes this weekend in the English-top flight. Matchday 9 of the premier league has some standout fixtures as we will see the leaders, Leicester City take on champions Liverpool and Jose Mourinho go head to head against Pep Guardiola. Let’s decode each match and spill our predictions for the week.
Liverpool vs Leicester City
After drawing 1-1 against Man City before the international break, the Reds take on the table leader Leicester City this weekend which is undoubtedly the highlight match of this week. Liverpool have now dropped 7 points from their first eight fixtures. It took 30 Matches last season to relinquish the same points in 2019/20 season. But despite a slow start, Jurgen Klopp’s men are just 1 point behind the leaders Leicester.
Groups of players have been seriously depleted especially in the defence and worryingly for Jurgen Klopp, the backline has been struggling with the recent injuries to Joe Gomez & Trent Alexander Arnold.
This fixture is going to be as challenging as they currently come. Leicester posts the highest shot conversion and shotting accuracy this season. Klopp’s reshuffled defence will need to vary of the Foxes in the box as they have won a league-high 8 penalties so far in this campaign. Jamie Vardy has averaged to score a goal every 70 minutes this season, a better ratio than any other player to have scored at least 3 goals. For Liverpool, its Mohammad Salah who has the best record but he’ll miss the game at Anfield after testing positive for coronavirus.
Leicester’s victory over Wolves in Matchweek 8 meant that they have made the best ever start to their Premier League campaign despite a defeated to West Ham & Aston villa the Foxes are 3 points better off this stage of the season than they were when they won the title in 2015/16.
In 2019 Leicester vs Liverpool was a complete drama which ended in a decisive last-minute penalty converted by James Milner. It’s over 20 years they lost to Leicester and have a head to head record of 7 wins & 2 draws with a win percentage of 77.8%. But with the Reds reduced in numbers can the FOXES finally end the long winless run against Liverpool?
Leicester’s away form makes this fixture look even more interesting & nail-biting. They have already managed to go past Man City with 5 goals at Etihad and beaten Arsenal on the road for the first time since 1973. Brendon Rogers, the man who has managed both the teams will be eager to stumble his old club and retain the top spot. Since he took charge in 2019 only Liverpool, Manchester City & Chelsea have picked up more points than the foxes.
THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE A CRACKER!