Liverpool vs Leicester LIVE Football Score 30/12/2022
Liverpool’s defence remains vulnerable and Leicester are perfectly equipped to hurt the Reds as tipster Jones Knows attacks the next set of Premier League fixtures.West Ham are becoming a very reliable beast when it comes to slow starts at home and it’s time to start profiting from this lack of early urgency from David Moyes’ side.In their last seven home games across all competitions, the Hammers have shipped 20 shots on target before the break – working out an average of 2.85 per first half. They have conceded in five of those first halves during that time, including against Sky Bet Championship outfit Blackburn.
And the Hammers even conceded the first goal in all three of their recent friendlies to Cambridge, Udinese and Fulham. In their last seven home games across all competitions, the Hammers have shipped 20 shots on target before the break – working out an average of 2.85 per first half. They have conceded in five of those first halves during that time, including against Sky Bet Championship outfit Blackburn. And the Hammers even conceded the first goal in all three of their recent friendlies to Cambridge, Udinese and Fulham.
I’ve watched plenty of Moyes’ men up close this season and the eye test certainly backs up the data from a performance perspective early on in games as Crystal Palace, Fulham, Tottenham and Blackburn all steamrolled the east Londoners in the opening knockings of their respective matches. Brentford’s first-half data on the road doesn’t inspire too much confidence but they can play bravely and aggressively when in confident mood, as shown by their most recent two fixtures against Manchester City and Tottenham. They managed four shots on target before half-time vs the champions – only three other teams have managed that feat during games at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.
And, Spurs were battered by the Bees for the opening 60 minutes on Boxing Day as Thomas Frank’s side posted three shots on target before the break. On what could turn into a very nervy and potentially fractious Friday night for Moyes and his players in front of a disgruntled crowd against a side that did the double over them last season, I’m all over taking the 4/5 with Sky Bet for Brentford to have two or more shots on target in the first half. It’s a bet that has landed against the Hammers in their last seven home games.
Liverpool will go in search of a third successive Premier League victory when they welcome Leicester City to Anfield for Friday evening’s showdown. The Reds returned to top-flight duties with a 3-1 success away at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, while the visitors were put to the sword 3-0 by a rampant Newcastle United.To quote Merseyside native Paul McCartney, Liverpool fans were simply having a wonderful Christmastime, as the Reds returned from the World Cup break with all three points against Aston Villa and unexpectedly beat Manchester United to the signature of in-demand Netherlands attacker Cody Gakpo.
Amid the excitement of another high-profile attacking arrival in January, Liverpool did find themselves thanking their lucky stars on occasion against Aston Villa, but strikes from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic rendered Ollie Watkins’s response inconsequential. Coming away from the West Midlands with all three points did not impact Liverpool’s standing in the top flight, with the Reds still rooted to sixth place, but Tottenham Hotspur’s draw against Brentford means that Jurgen Klopp’s team are now just five points behind the fourth-placed Lilywhites, who have played a game more.
Rounding off a highly successful but also topsy-turvy 2022 with a sixth competitive win on the bounce is no less than the Anfield faithful expect this week, and only one of their last 31 Premier League home games has ended in defeat, although that did come at the hands of Leeds United only two months ago. However, the Reds’ top-flight scoring streak at Anfield does stand at a whopping 31 matches since a 1-0 loss to Fulham in March 2021, and not since their days in the second tier in 1961 have they suffered consecutive defeats in their final game of the calendar year, but there are no prizes for guessing which team made Liverpool’s end to 2021 a miserable one.
Another day, another set-piece goal against Leicester City, who went into Boxing Day aiming to go toe-to-toe with a Newcastle United team sweeping aside almost everybody in their wake, but the King Power faithful consigned their team to defeat by the half-time whistle. Chris Wood’s penalty, Miguel Almiron’s composed finish and Joelinton’s header wrapped up the three points for the Magpies in the first half, as Brendan Rodgers’s side reverted to a shadow of their former selves after conceding just one goal in seven games prior to the World Cup break.
A healthy four points still separates the 13th-placed Foxes from the drop zone, so the visitors to Anfield will enter 2023 above the dotted line no matter what transpires in this week’s fixtures, but this calendar year will not be looked back on too fondly by those in blue. On a brighter note, Leicester can certainly be encouraged by a string of wins away from home, recording four straight victories on the road in all competitions and keeping four clean sheets to boot, including Premier League successes at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and West Ham United.
As ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers knows, though, Anfield is a different kettle of fish, and Liverpool eased to a 2-0 success over the Foxes in February after ending 2021 with a 1-0 loss to Leicester at the King Power, but the travelling fans will not be optimistic about lightning striking twice. The imminent arrival of Gakpo comes at an ideal time for Liverpool, who are still without Arthur, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz for the long-term, while Roberto Firmino is also unlikely to recover from his calf injury just yet.
James Milner (hamstring) and Curtis Jones (shin) are also aiming for comebacks in Liverpool’s meeting with Brentford on January 2, where Gakpo could supposedly be available if Liverpool can thrash out the details with PSV Eindhoven in time. World Cup finalist Ibrahima Konate is now back in training for Liverpool and could be one of a couple of changes amid the packed festive schedule, with the fresh legs of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho potentially also being utilised in the first XI.
Meanwhile, injury was added to insult for Leicester in their defeat to Newcastle, as Dennis Praet – who had just begun to force his way back into the fray – was caught in the back by the knee of Joelinton and had to come off after 17 minutes. The Belgian will sit this one out alongside Ryan Bertrand, Ricardo Pereira. James Justin, Jonny Evans and James Maddison, whose troublesome knee injury is causing him grief once again. Praet’s injury should benefit Ayoze Perez or Marc Albrighton’s chances of a return to the starting lineup, while Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi could also benefit from some welcome rotation for the visitors.