Liverpool vs Leicester: Carabao Cup prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h - preview

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Liverpool vs Leicester: Carabao Cup prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h - preview

Liverpool battle Leicester for a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as the football season continues amid the Covid-19 surge.

Jurgen Klopp has been adamant that his side cannot meet the current fixture demands with a number of players in isolation and the Reds were believed to be one of the clubs that favoured postponing a round of Premier League fixtures on December 28 at a meeting on Monday.

The show goes on for now, with Liverpool keen to get back to winning ways after seeing their eight-game victorious streak ended by Tottenham in a four-goal thriller in north London on Sunday they were lucky not to lose.

Liverpool - three points adrift of Manchester City in the top-flight title race after 18 matches - are eight-time winners of this competition, though have not won it since 2012 and fell to Arsenal on penalties in the fourth round last term. They beat Norwich and Preston to get this far.

Standing between them and a place in the semis is a Leicester team that have not played since bouncing back from their early Europa League exit with a 4-0 demolition of lowly Newcastle on December 12, with matches against Tottenham and Everton postponed.

The Foxes have won the League Cup three times in the past, including twice in four years in 1997 and 2000 under Martin O’Neill.

Brendan Rodgers - who would no doubt love to get one over on his former employers on Wednesday - has guided Leicester to wins over Millwall and Brighton (penalties) in the competition so far this year.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Liverpool vs Leicester is scheduled for a 7:45pm GMT kick-off on Wednesday December 22, 2021.

The game will take place at Anfield in Liverpool.

Where to watch Liverpool vs Leicester

Liverpool vs Leicester has not been selected for live coverage so will not be available to watch on television in the UK.

However, highlights will be available on Quest from 10:30pm on Wednesday night.

Liverpool vs Leicester team news

Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Bradley, Gomez, Koumetio, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Morton, Henderson; Williams, Firmino, Minamino.

Subs: Pitaluga, Konate, Milner, Keita, Jota, Gordon, Beck, Quansah, Woltman.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Thomas; Tielemans, Soumare; Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison, Daka; Vardy.

Subs: Stolarczyk, Bertrand, Vestergaard, Nelson, Mendy, Albrighton, Lookman, Perez, Iheanacho.

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Liverpool vs Leicester prediction

Leicester’s clean sheet against strugglers Newcastle in their last match 10 days ago was a first for 17 matches across all competitions.

That iffy defensive record is likely to be sorely tested by Liverpool, who have scored the second-most goals at home in the Premier League so far this season.

Much will inevitably depend on the strength of the XI Klopp decides or indeed is able to field on Wednesday, but it’s hard to look past a home win.

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Liverpool wins: 51

Leicester wins: 40

Draws: 25

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