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Few Premier League games are bigger than this one. On Boxing Day, first-place Liverpool visits second-place Leicester City with so much on the line. The Reds own a 10-point lead in the table over the Foxes. A Liverpool win on Thursday would be a huge blow to Leicester's title chances, while a win from the Foxes makes things much more interesting as the season hits its halfway point. The Reds have played one less game in league play as they postponed their match vs.
Instead, they won the Club World Cup by beating Flamengo 1-0 in extra time. Leicester is coming off a 3-1 loss at Manchester City. Leicester City Date: Thursday, Dec. 26: Thursday, Dec. 26 Time: 3 p.m. ET: King Power Stadium TV channel: NBCSN: NBCSN Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free) fuboTV (Try for free) Odds: Liverpool +105 | Draw +270 | Leicester +250 Liverpool: They won't be well rested after playing an extra 30 minutes on Saturday and then having to travel back from Qatar, so it will be interesting to see if Jurgen Klopp rests some of his players. It seems unlikely, but this is a busy stretch with no real break for the Premier League. The Reds, even without a couple key players, should feel good about getting a result.
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. Leicester win (51/20) Liverpool win (Evens) Date: Thursday, December 26 Live Stream: NBC Sports app (U.S.), Amazon Prime (UK) 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.
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: 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: 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. 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. When it comes to matches against the best team in the league, the 32-year-old tends to perform to his best: Football writer Daniel Storey noted how consistent Vardy has been in front of goal since making his debut in the Premier League: 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 The top two teams in the Premier League meet on Boxing Day as Leicester City host Liverpool in what will hopefully be a - yes, we're going to go there - Christmas cracker of a match. Liverpool have been busy winning the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar, and return with a game in hand and a 10-point lead over Leicester after the Foxes fell 3-1 at Manchester City. While it could prove premature to already describe Liverpool as champions-elect, Jurgen Klopp's Reds would surely not be caught if they were to leave the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day with all three points. Having gone so close to winning the title as Liverpool manager, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is now in the position of hoping to cause an almighty slip-up for the Reds - but they must overcome Klopp's 'mentality giants' to do so. Here's how to watch the action on Boxing Day... Every single Premier League match in gameweek 19 will be shown live on Amazon Prime, while there will also be a dedicated goals centre for every goal from every game. Leicester City vs Liverpool (8pm kick-off time) Commentator: Jon Champion Existing and new Prime members can watch on devices using the Prime Video app, across mobile, Fire TV, games consoles, Virgin's V6 TV Box, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, online and more - and Virgin will show select matches in 4K. Amazon Prime is available for £7.99 per month/£79 a year, but you can also watch any game for free this week if you start a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime. In Pictures | Premier League on Amazon Prime, Boxing Day 2019 11 show all In Pictures | Premier League on Amazon Prime, Boxing Day 2019 1/11 Festive fixtures Premier League football returns to Amazon Prime Video on December 26 and 27 - here are all the fixtures and kick-off times... Kick-off time: 7:45pm 1/11 Festive fixtures Premier League football returns to Amazon Prime Video on December 26 and 27 - here are all the fixtures and kick-off times... 2/11 Tottenham vs Brighton Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 12:30pm 3/11 Aston Villa vs Norwich City Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 3pm 4/11 Bournemouth vs Arsenal Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 3pm 5/11 Chelsea vs Southampton Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 3pm 6/11 Crystal Palace vs West Ham Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 3pm 7/11 Everton vs Burnley Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 3pm 8/11 Sheffield Utd vs Watford Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 3pm 9/11 Man Utd vs Newcastle Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 5:30pm 10/11 Leicester City vs Liverpool Date: December 26 Kick-off time: 8pm 11/11 Wolves vs Man City Date: December 27 Kick-off time: 7:45pm Click here for our guide on how to watch all Amazon Prime Premier League fixtures for free, on December 26 and December 27 Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from leicestermercury - Weekday Leicester City FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Former Leicester City striker Emile Heskey has insisted the Foxes are not out of the Premier League title race ahead of their Boxing Day clash with Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers' side were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City on Saturday, leaving them 10 points adrift of the Reds, who also have a game in hand. A win for Jurgen Klopp's side on December 26 would leave Leicester with a mountain to climb in an attempt to repeat their heroics of 2016. However, a win could catapult them back to within seven points, as well as opening the door for Manchester City. Ahead of the game, Heskey, who also turned out for Liverpool across his illustrious career, has insisted that Leicester aren't out of the title race. "The thing is, you can count them out but then, if they go on another of six, seven games, we will be saying how well they are doing," said Heskey, who was speaking on behalf of GentingBet, told LeicestershireLive. At the end of the day, remember last season, Liverpool were seven points ahead at one stage then they played City and ended up losing out by one point in the title race so you never know but, of course, the ball is in Liverpool's court." With the two teams set to meet on Boxing Day, Heskey revealed he is anticipating a tight clash between the teams and offered a score prediction for the Christmas cracker. "It's going to be an interesting game because, again, Leicester are at home so they will want to stamp their authority on the game. "Leicester have to be careful though Liverpool are phenomenal. Liverpool travelling aboard to Qatar it will be interesting to see what happens with this match because travelling is not easy. "On the other hand, if you exploit those areas as Vardy did against Man City, who is going to catch him? "Prediction wise, I expect a tough game, I'm going to go 1-1." GentingBet are offering customers the chance for two people to win a holiday of a lifetime to Singapore.