City Look to Make Ammends for Last Season as They Travel to Everton
Last updated: December 8, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Coverage:||BT Sport 1|
|Last season:||Leiceter 0 – 0 Man City|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Defending champions Leicester prepare to host 4th place Man City at the King Power Stadium this Saturday evening. When the two teams met last year Leicester looked a different side with a completely different set of motives. Now, 12 months down the line, the hosts are just two points above the relegation zone with their visitors looking like one of the main contenders to take over the Premier League Crown. Get set for a fascinating match up as both sides will be looking to slightly alter their line ups and return to winning ways.
Despite suffering the worst defeat of any English side in the history of the Champions League as they went down 5-0 to FC Porto, Claudio Ranieri has insisted this week that he isn’t worried about his future at Leicester. Yes, his side have qualified as winners of group G in what has been an impressive run of form in their first run of European football since 2001, but the ex-Inter Milan boss must be feeling the pressure as we approach the midway point of the domestic season. With just three wins and seven losses from 14 attempts, there can be no denying that the Foxes are desperate for a win. Leicester no longer have the advantage of taking teams by surprise like they did last year. English teams now know that they have to be wise to Leicester’s counter attacking threat and defend deep to deal with Vardy’s pace up front. Ranieri must start altering his tactics and finding other ways to break teams down; he faces a monumental task this weekend against a strong Man City still hurting from their home defeat to Chelsea last weekend.
Man City will not so much be out for revenge as they travel to Leicester on Saturday as they will be eager to lay down a marker to the rest of the League, however they will surely be goaded by the fact that they lost 4 points to the Foxes in last year’s campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side are still well in contention for the title this season, however last weekend’s loss to Chelsea would have taken some of the wind out of their sail. We suspect that City will tighten up their midfield, pass on some of the goal scoring responsibilities to the young striker Kelechi Iheanacho in the absence of Sergio Agüero, and remain wary of Leicester’s counter attacking ability – especially since they were so easily opened up on the rebound by Chelsea.
Leicester City midfielder Daniel Drinkwater is still serving a three-game ban for elbowing Watford’s Valon Behrami. He’ll be available for selection again from the 13th December.
Kasper Schmeichel is still recovering from a broken hand that has kept him sidelined for the last month. Although he won’t be fit enough for this weekend’s clash against title contenders Man City, Claudio Ranieri has hinted that the Danish international will return before Christmas.
Agüero and Fernandinho will both miss this weekend’s away fixture. Both players received red cards during their home defeat to Chelsea last weekend and are serving short-term suspensions.
Raheem Sterling looks as though he’ll be fit and in contention in the Man City midfield. Reports from the Man City camp suggest that he’ll be ready to take the field, but he will still undergo the mandatory fitness test prior to the game.
|Leicester City (4-4-2):||Zieler, Fuchs, Huth, Simpson, Morgan, Albrighton, King, Mahrez, Amarty, Slimani, Vardy|
|Subs:||Hamer, Hernandez, Mendy, Gray, Schlupp, Musa, Okazaki|
|Manchester City (3-4-2-1):||Bravo, Kolarov, Stones, Otamendi, Sane, Gundogan, Fernando, Navas, Iheanacho, De Bruyne, Silva|
|Subs:||Caballero, Clichy, Zabaleta, Sagna, Sterling, Nolito|
|Not available:||Fernandinho, Agüero|
So far this season
|Leicester City this season||Man City this season|
|3 (0)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (6)|
|3-0 vs. Burnley||Biggest win||4-0 vs. West Bromwich|
|3 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (0)|
|4-1 vs. Leicester||Biggest Defeat||3-1 vs. Chelsea||Islam Slimani (4)||Top scorer||Sergio Agüero (10)|
|Jamie Vardy (2)||Assist Leader||Kevin De Bruyne (7)|
|Y23, R0||Discipline||Y29, R3|
|3||Failures to score||1|
|10||Both Teams to Score Games||11|
|11||Over 2.5 Games||10|
|3||Under 2.5 Games||4|
- Leicester are currently sitting just two places above the relegation zone and have managed only three victories this season. With the title race beyond them now they need to see a few more results going their way if they are to avoid slipping back down into the Championship.
- Last weekend’s home loss to Chelsea has seen Man City drop from 3rd place in the league to 4th. They’ll be eager to make up some ground this weekend and take advantage of Leicester’s poor run of form in the Premier League.
- This time last year Leicester had scored 29 goals and conceded 21. Twelve months down the line the defending champions have managed just 17 and have conceded 24 with the half way period of the season drawing ever closer.
- Man City will be without their top scorer Sergio Agüero as they take the field at the King Power. The Argentinian international has provided a 1/3 of the goals for his club this season and is currenty the league’s 3rd highest scorer.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|06/02/2016||Premier League||Man City 3 – 1 Leicester City||Huth, Robert 3′|
|29/12/2015||Premier League||Leicester 0 – 0 Man City||–|
|04/03/2015||Premier League||Man City 2 – 0 Leicester||D.Silva 45′|
|13/12/2014||Premier League||Leicester 0 – 0 Man City||F.Lampard 40′|
|17/12/2013||EFL Cup||Leicester 1 – 3 Man City||A.Kolarov 9′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
The poor form of the defending champions this season has made this an easy one for the bookies to call. Man City have travelled well this year, winning 6 of their 7 games on the road, which gives us every reason to believe that they’ll deliver the goods on Saturday evening. The absence of Agüero does mean that they’ll be lacking a little firepower up front, nevertheless we’re backing City to win with a clear two goal margin – also try adding Kelechi Iheanacho as an anytime goal scorer for some added value. Great prices are currently showing at William Hill.