EFL Cup 2021-22: Liverpool vs Leicester City prediction and betting tips (December 22)
Liverpool were defeated by two goals to nil the last time they faced Leicester City in the EFL Cup. Will history repeat itself or will Jurgen Klopp’s men progress to the next stage of the competition?
Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) netted his third goal of the EFL Cup against Preston
Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) netted his third goal of the EFL Cup against Preston
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Liverpool are set to battle Leicester City for a spot in the semi-final round of the English Football League Cup.

The fixture is scheduled for 17:45 GMT on Wednesday, 22 December 2021 at Anfield, Liverpool. Below, you will find betting tips and match predictions for Liverpool vs Leicester City (December 22) in the quarter-final of the English Football League Cup.

Liverpool vs Leicester City (December 22) latest odds on betting sites

Liverpool have their winning odds placed at 1.70 (-143 American; 7/10 Fractional). Leicester City have their winning odds placed at 5.2 (+420; 21/5). The betting odds for a draw are placed at 4.24 (+324; 81/25).

The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Liverpool — 58%, draw — 23%, Leicester City — 19%.

Latest betting odds on Liverpool vs Leicester City (22 December 2021):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.61 (-165; 61/100)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.26 (+126; 63/50)
  • Asian handicap (-0.75) on Liverpool — 1.86 (-116; 43/50)
  • Asian handicap (+0.75) on Leicester City — 2.06 (+106; 53/50)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.69 (-145; 69/100)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.15 (+115; 23/20)

Liverpool vs Leicester City (December 22) match preview and stats

Liverpool beat Preston North End by two goals to nil in the Fourth Round of the EFL Cup. The first goal of the night came from Neco Williams’ pass to Takumi Minamino as the Japanese fired a left-footed shot past Preston’s goalkeeper. Liverpool crushed Preston’s hopes of securing a place in the quarter-final round of the competition in the 84th minute.

Kostas Tsmiskas’s miscued cross hit the post just before falling to Neco Williams’ feet whose shot was deflected. An instinctive and sublime back-heel finish from Divock Origi ensured the ball found the back of the net at Preston North End.

Liverpool retained 73% possession and converted two of the three big chances created. The reds completed 88% of their passes but were poor with tackles as the whole team made just two tackles throughout the match. Jurgen Klopp’s men have scored five goals in the EFL Cup this season while keeping a clean sheet in each of their games.

Liverpool’s team news: Thiago, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Van Dijk are ruled out of the game due to Covid19. Jordan Henderson is a doubt due to illness. Origi, Nat Phillips, Adrian, and Elliot are a doubt due to injuries. Robertson is currently out on suspension.

Leicester City beat Brighton on penalties to qualify for the semi-final round of the EFL Cup. The first goal of the evening came in the 6th minute when Harvey Barnes pounced on a loose pass from Steele before thumping the ball in the bottom corner.

Adam Webster leveled the game for Brighton 3 minutes into first half stoppage time after Duffy’s header fell perfectly for him following a corner. Ademola Lookman restored Leicester’s lead 66 seconds later following a loose pass from Jeremy Sarmiento. Brighton’s second half substitute, Eric Mwepu restored the away end fans’ hopes as he headed in Cucurella’s 71st-minute cross.

Both teams made efforts to seal the game but the match proceeded to a penalty shootout. Neal Maupay’s penalty hit the crossbar while Danny Ward saved Brighton’s second half savior, Eric Mwepu’s bottom corner penalty to secure the Foxes’ place in the quarter-final round.

Leicester City’s team news: Daniel Amartey has returned to first-team training, Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu are in contention for the match.

Liverpool vs Leicester City H2H

Both teams have only met twice in the competition with the most recent match dating back to 2017. Leicester won the match by two goals to none, thanks to goals from Okazaki and Slimani.

However, Liverpool have won 10 of their last 16 games against Leicester across all competitions. The last four matches ended in Over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool vs Leicester City (December 22) key players and lineups

Liverpool’s projected starting lineup:

  • Caoimhin Kelleher
  • Joe Gomez
  • Ibrahima Konate
  • Kostas Tsimikas
  • Neco Williams
  • Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
  • Tyler Morton
  • James Milner
  • Takumi Minamino
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Diogo Jota

Notable subs: Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah.

Takumi Minamino netted his third goal of the competition against Preston in the fourth round. The Liverpool man is in the form of his life and has the most goal involvements for Liverpool in the competition. Minamino has 100% shots on target and would fancy a chance of adding to his goals tally against Leicester.

Leicester City’s projected starting lineup:

  • Danny Ward
  • Çağlar Söyüncü
  • Jannik Vestergaard
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Vontae Daley-Campbell
  • Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
  • Youri Tielemans
  • Harvey Barnes
  • Patson Daka
  • James Maddison
  • Ademola Lookman

Notable subs: Kelechi Iheanacho, Boubakary Soumaré.

Ademola Lookman netted his second goal of the competition against Brighton in the 4th round. He has created two chances for Leicester in his competition and has performed remarkably well so far in the competition. The Englishman will look to add to his tally when they face Liverpool in the EFL Cup Quarter Finals on Wednesday.

Liverpool vs Leicester City (December 22) betting tips and predictions

Liverpool have been a strong force in the EFL Cup this season scoring five goals across both matches while conceding none. Jürgen Klopp is unlikely to field his best players for the match but whichever team he selects will be looking to secure a place in the Semifinals stages of the competition. However, they’ve only managed to progress to the Quarter-Finals once in the last four seasons.

Leicester City faced a tough test from Brighton in the fourth round. Brendan Rodgers’s team didn’t get past the third round in the EFL Cup last season as they were escorted out of the competition by Arsenal. However, the Foxes will be hoping to make a strong statement when they face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday

Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-0.75) on Liverpool

Odds: 1.86 (-116 American; 43/50 Fractional)

Football EFL Cup . Quarter-finals
Liverpool — Leicester City
Asian handicap (-0.75) on Liverpool
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