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Leicester City v Liverpool live stream: Foxes to pounce on ‘weakened’ Reds

Brendan O'Neill in Football 19 Sep 2017

Leicester City will look to capitalise on a weakened Liverpool starting XI when the two teams meet in the EFL Cup at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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Jurgen Klopp would love nothing more to earn his first piece of silverware as Liverpool manager this season, and although this will be considered one of the more winnable competitions the EFL Cup has to be at the bottom of the priority list with the Reds aiming to challenge for the Premier League title while also competing in the Champions League. The German will almost certainly rest a string of his star names for this one, so can Leicester City take advantage?

The Foxes’ shock reign over English football proved to be a very brief one – as most predicted – and if they are to follow up their sensational 2015/16 title success with further domestic silverware then it is the cup competitions that offer Craig Shakespeare’s side the best chance of lifting another one of English football’s major trophies. They booked their place in the third round with a convincing 4-1 win at Sheffield United, but can they advance to the fourth round by beating a fellow Premier League side on Tuesday night?

A home tie against Liverpool was hardly ideal on paper, but this is one of the better all-top flight ties they could have been handed because the visitors’ focus is elsewhere. The Reds are facing a hectic schedule as they bounce from domestic action to European duty over the next few months, and with another trip to the King Power Stadium on the cards this weekend this is probably a match they can do without.

Collecting three points at this stadium will be considered more important than sealing a fourth-round place in the EFL Cup, so I expect Liverpool manager Klopp to make a whole host of changes to his starting XI here. Opposite number Shakespeare is likely to make some changes too, but it will not be to the same extent because Leicester are not playing weekend-midweek consistently over the next few weeks. The second-string Reds will be there for the taking and the Foxes can take advantage.

In the goal-scoring markets you should consider backing Islam Slimani to get among the goals for the home side. The Algerian striker struggled to make much of an impact in his first season with Leicester, netting just eight goals in all competitions, and as a result he has failed to nail down a regular spot in the starting XI.

Slimani was given a run out in the previous round of this competition though, and he repaid his manager by grabbing a brace in the 4-1 win at Sheffield United. He could get another chance to impress here, and if he does I fancy Slimani to find the back of the net against a Liverpool defence that is likely to be ropey – after all, the first-choice rear-guard is hardly rock-solid so a ‘weakened’ group is likely to be even worse.Leicester City v Liverpool Stats

Liverpool have won only one of their last four competitive matches at the King Power StadiumLeicester City have won each of their last two home games against LiverpoolLeicester City’s last two wins over Liverpool have come via a two-goal marginThese two teams last met in the League Cup in October 1986 as Liverpool stormed to a 4-1 win

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