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Survival for Leicester or Europe for Klopp: Match Preview

The Foxes face a huge home game tonight against The Reds, as they battle to avoid the drop from the Premiership. Liverpool are currently vying for a top-four finish, hoping to hop over Manchester United, but can pretty much only achieve that with all three points tonight, sending them one-point behind ETH's men.

In their previous game, Leicester suffered a 5-3 defeat against Fulham, while Liverpool secured a narrow 1-0 win over Brentford at Anfield, maintaining their push for Champions League qualification. On the Bank Holiday Monday, three fixtures produced a total of 21 goals, with eight of them being scored at Craven Cottage, 5 of which were conceded by the Foxes - worsening Leicester's chances of avoiding relegation and subsequently making tonight's game hugely anticipated by both sets of supporters travelling to the King Power.

Leicester have shown incredible guile in their attacking play, scoring in all nine of their last ten Premiership matches. However, the team's defence has been a large leaky concern, as they have not been able to muster a clean sheet in the Premier League since the World Cup break. The Foxes have conceded at least one goal in the last 20 consecutive matches. Despite suffering defeats in their last two visits to the King Power Stadium, Klopp's men focus remains on pursuit of their seventh consecutive Premier League win and a strong finish to the season, hopefully tying up the final Champions League spot in the process.

The Reds, standing fifth in the table, are not likely to be affected by results elsewhere this weekend. However, Manchester United's recent success over Wolves has given the Red Devils a four-point lead over their Merseyside rivals, who have now played the same number of matches, meaning Klopp needs to pull something out of the bag in order to catch up to Ten Hag's Reds.

Manchester United take on Bournemouth this Saturday, who have struggled with form all season, and at one point was at risk of relegation. Now with the depth and current form of United, there is no doubt that the squad has the ability to capitalise on the Cherries and push the gap further between themselves and Liverpool, if the Reds don't manage to pick up all three points tonight in Leicester. Meanwhile, the Foxes have played one less game than the other relegation contenders Leeds United, Everton and Nottingham Forest. Which means if Leicester manage to take all three points from their game in-hand tonight, this will promptly move them out of the drop-zone and up into 17th place, pushing The Toffees back into the relegation zone in 18th place.

OUR PREDICTION: Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool We believe despite Leicester's capacity to put the ball in the net, their defence will surely be tightened up tonight against The Reds - tight enough that they don't concede to the same degree they did at Craven Cottage, but still penetrable from Klopp's attacking side. We can see a goal coming early on, with either Leicester equalising and dropping points to a late Liverpool goal or Leicester scoring early before allowing a huge 2 goal comeback for The Reds.

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