Leicester start life after Ranieri

Published by on February 27, 2017

All eyes will be on Leicester as they begin life without Claudio Ranieri at the King Power Stadium.

It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how the Leicester fans react to their players, with rumours awash that several first team stars played a role in the popular Italian’s sacking.

Even aside from the Ranieri saga, you’d have to back Liverpool to win. After their awful January, the Reds picked up with a win over Tottenham a fortnight ago and the Foxes should be an easy target.

Jamie Vardy’s goal in Sevilla was the only time his side have found the back of the net in their last three games.

Liverpool, on the other hand, should have Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, and Philippe Coutinho all fit. That means they’re just 5/4 to win with over 2.5 goals, but Mane to score first and Liverpool to win 2-1 is an incredible 40/1.

Lallana scoring first is at 9/1, while Vardy’s at 10/1 – the latter is one to avoid, with just five Premier League goals all season.

Leicester don’t have a great record against Liverpool either, winning just once against them since they returned to the top flight in 2014. That came last season and saw one of Vardy’s finest goals, but of the other four encounters between the two sides, Liverpool have won three.

Very few neutrals will be rooting for Leicester given their treatment of Ranieri, and interim boss Craig Shakespeare has a mammoth task on his hands to stop the rot.