Leicester City have been struggling so far this campaign in the Premier League with 1 victory, 3 losses and a solitary draw from their 5 games played so far; while they romped to a 4-1 victory away to Sheffield United. Now with Champions League agenda not in their hand, they will aim to have a good cup run. Manager Shakespeare will be tempted to rotate the squad especially since they play Liverpool twice in a span of 4 days. Players like Slimani, Musa, Iheanacho, Ulloa, Amartey, Gray, King, Chilwell, Huth and Jakupovic should get a good run out in this encounter ahead of their game on the weekend. Leicester City managed to score in 5 out of the 6 competitive fixtures they have played which should mean they could find the back of the net with such talented attacking players at their disposal and in front of their home fans. The fact that they have conceded in 5 out of 6 games played; showcasing their vulnerability at the back for a team like Liverpool to attack.
Liverpool will expect to rotate the squad with Premier League and Champions League taking higher priority over the EFL Cup. The likes of Sturridge, Coutinho, Solanke, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijanldum and Markovic likely to make up a good chunk of the offensive and midfield unit to take the attack to Liverpool to win and stake their individual claims for a regular spot in the team. Defensively though Liverpool have been extremely weak conceding goals in 6 out of their 8 encounters and that should definitely look to happen with the likes of Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Gomez, Robertson expected to come in and play some role; it doesn’t bode confidence for them.
Games of Liverpool tend to be extremely open and attacking and I am expecting a lot of goals to be scored.