It´s that time of year again, the time where friends and family come together to watch some great soccer and have a draft beer or two; Boxing day. The viking will preview and predict the best matches in the premier league and the NHL for you so that all you have to do is place the bets, sit back and enjoy som great boxing day sports events.
For our first boxing day prediction the viking has found a great value pick in the Liverpool vs Leicester City fixture. This game will be Liverpool’s 4000th professional fixture at Anfield and the reds are undefeated on boxing day matches since 1986 so this will be quite a big challenge for Leicester whom are the current leaders of the premier league.
Liverpool will be coming into this game with 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat at home aswell as 1 victory, 2 defeats and 2 draws overall. If Liverpool is to succeed in keeping their boxing day streak and in turn keep their champions league spot in sight they need to take advantage of what Coutinho can do in the midfield and let him set up offensive plays. However with the team still settling in to their “new” coaching star Jurgen Klopp and with a lot of injuries this might no be the easiest task at hand.
Liverpool will be without M Skrtel, J Milner, D Lovren, S Mignolet, J Rossiter, D Sturridge, D Ings, J Gomez and J Flanagan for this game.
Leicester City will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 defeat on the road aswell as 4 victories and 1 draw overall. The one defeat that Leicester suffered on the road was surprisingly versus Hull City in the 1/8-finals of the Capital One Cup. The Foxes are the current leaders of the premier league and star strikers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are the top-2 goal scorers of the league with both players almost averaging one goal each per game.
Leicester City will be without Danny Drinkwater, Jeffrey Schlupp and Matty James for this game.
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In their latest 5 head to head matches Liverpool has won 3 and there has been 2 draws, however the teams haven’t faced each other yet in this years season and Leicester have been blooming in success this year.
There are two certain value picks for this game and those are Leicester 1/X/2 aswell as over 2.5 goals. The viking’s prediction is that this will be a goal heavy game with Leicester coming out ahead, the reds have the home-field advantage aswell as the tradition to perform at Anfield on boxing day. Leicester however is sure to have a better moral in their team with their recent performances and they put bigger trust in Claudio Ranieri than Liverpool puts in Jurgen Klopp as the reds are still settling in practice changes, rules and strategies.
The reason why over 2.5 goals holds value for this fixture is because Leicester will be missing some of their key mid-fielders in Drinkwater, Schlupp and James. This in combination with Liverpool’s Coutinho is sure to open up a lot of scoring opportunities for the reds and it’s likely that they’ll focus their play from the midfield led by Coutinho. However even if Leicester answers this weakness or not, the viking still believes that the Foxes will be coming out ahead in this one as they’re miles ahead of Liverpool’s young team both stat and morale-wise.
The other strong picks for this game are Coutinho to score and both teams to score.
Liverpool – Leicester City, 2-3 @ 25.00
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Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70
Coutinho to score @ 3.25
Both teams to score @ 1.60
Leicester win and Both teams to score @ 6.80
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