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Leicester City vs. Liverpool: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Preview

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 25, 2019

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Liverpool can take another massive step towards Premier League title glory on Boxing Day when they travel to second-placed Leicester City.

The Reds will return from their FIFA Club World Cup success with a 10-point lead at the top of the table. They also have a game in hand over the Foxes, who are their closest rivals for the prize at this point.

Leicester will be seeking to chop down the gap to the Merseyside club with a win, although they have only taken a point from their previous two Premier League games. Last time out, Brendan Rodgers' side were well beaten by Manchester City, who are breathing down their neck in third.

Here are all the key pieces of information needed ahead of the standout fixture on the Boxing Day calendar.

       

Odds

Leicester win (51/20)

Draw (11/4)

Liverpool win (Evens)

Odds courtesy of Caesars

     

Date: Thursday, December 26

Time: 8 p.m. (GMT), 3 p.m. (ET)

TV Info: NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: NBC Sports app (U.S.), Amazon Prime (UK)

      

Preview

It's been a memorable year for Liverpool so far, with their Club World Cup title added to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup successes in 2019. The indications are that 2020 may yet be even more special.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his team after they clinched their latest piece of silverware, with Roberto Firmino netting the only goal in extra time against Flamengo:

Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL

"I saw so many sensational performances" Jurgen Klopp was proud as Liverpool become world champions in Qatar More: https://t.co/phep7NtuAq https://t.co/ydEwUcXrBw

The Reds have been the standout outfit in the Premier League this term. With back-to-back champions City sagging below their usual high standards, the indications are that Klopp's side will run away with the top-flight prize.

Before the previous round of Premier League fixtures, Bet365 summed up just how far ahead they are of the chasing pack:

bet365 @bet365

Premier League after 17 games: 49 - Liverpool 48 47 46 45 44 - Arsenal's points doubled 43 - Everton + Man Utd added together 42 41 40 39 - Leicester 38 37 36 35 - Man City 34 33 32 31 30 29 - Chelsea 28 27 26 - Tottenham https://t.co/c6ggDkGr4w

Victory here would Liverpool have 13 points clear with a game in hand, with Manchester City not in action until Friday, away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. It's important the Reds keep the pressure up at the top of the table, though, as their heavy workload may take a toll late in the campaign.

Following their trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup, it wouldn't be a huge shock if there were some heavy legs in the Liverpool XI at the King Power Stadium. A dynamic and physical Leicester side will feel well placed to capitalise.

In Jamie Vardy, they certainly have the hottest striker in the division at the moment. When it comes to matches against the best team in the league, the 32-year-old tends to perform to his best:

ESPN FC @ESPNFC

Jamie Vardy shows up for the big games 💪 https://t.co/yOB6CiNjrL

Football writer Daniel Storey noted how consistent Vardy has been in front of goal since making his debut in the Premier League:

Daniel Storey @danielstorey85

Jamie Vardy needs one more goal to become the fifth highest Premier League goalscorer of the decade. Didn't make his debut until August 2014.

Vardy is devastating when playing up against a high defensive line, and James Maddison and Youri Tielemans boast the quality to pick out the forward with incisive passes. It will be intriguing to see if Liverpool's defence drops a little deeper to try to nullify the striker.

It's only natural that the visitors may be a little rusty for this fixture, and it may take some time for them to settle into the match as a result. Leicester should do enough to sneak a point.

Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Liverpool