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EFL Cup: Foxes could put the Reds out of the cup
As one of the picks of Wednesday’s EFL cup fixtures, Leicester will be hosting a Liverpool side who they will be hoping to catch off-guard, with England’s domestic cup competitions famed for producing unlikely upsets.
Both sides are of Premier League ilk but Leicester have failed to emulate the heights of their title winning campaign in 2015/16, meaning that the Carabao Cup provides one of the only opportunities they now have to add any silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Liverpool have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six meetings with Leicester.
While the Foxes have avoided defeat in 83% of their last 12 home games in competitive football, with Liverpool only managing to win 43% of their last 14 competitive away days.
Leicester found it difficult on their travels again at the weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to the newly promoted and surprisingly effective Huddersfield, but they will be looking at the easier fixtures on the horizon after facing a very tough start to the campaign.
Obviously the League Cup is a different beast, and there are changes expected to be made by both managers. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Matty James aren’t likely to be risked with minor injuries, with players such as Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa, and Demarai Gray all expected to start again after doing so in their previous League Cup outing at Sheffield United.
That was one of the Foxes’ two victories this season as they hammered their hosts 4-1 and, despite the step up in quality, I think they will feel quietly confident about the impending fixture.
Liverpool are likely to make many changes due to their current fixture congestion, with this match coming in between two league games and a midweek Champions League group match, giving Leicester an even better chance to come away with the win.
The Reds aren’t in the highest spirits as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley last time out and also dropped points in their Champions League opener against Sevilla. This preceded a humiliating 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City too, to make it three games without a win.
With all the squad rotation and their low confidence, Liverpool could find it tough here too. They have failed to win eight of their last 14 away games in competitive football and they’re facing a Leicester side who have avoided defeat in ten of their last 12 at home.
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