Manchester City v Leicester – The Preview
Last updated: May 3, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Man City 4 – 3 Leicester|
The title race is heating up to its most critical moment. With two games to go in the Premier League, only Leicester and Brighton stand in the way of Man City and a consecutive title win. It is a fantastic achievement if Pep Guardiolas men can follow through, but one that was very much expected from the beginning of this 2018/19 season. Leicester sit in a non-consequential position mid-table and will be looking to build on there comprehensive victory against Arsenal which finished 3-0 to the Foxes.
If you’re looking for an exciting game on Monday night, this may not be the game for it. Pep Guardiola is a master tactician and has proved time and time again how comfortable his team can be when in possession. They are a side that is unflappable, calm and calculated when taking their chances. Expect precision from Man City who will seek an early goal and perhaps a 2-goal cushion before they close out the game.
Man City remain firmly in control of their own fate, and Liverpool fans will be praying to the footballing gods to give strength to Leicester on Monday night. But stopping City in their current form has been a feat only achieved once this season at the Etihad, with City winning 17 out of 18 games on their home turf. This place really is a fortress, and with this being the last home domestic match of the season for the Sky Blues, they will no doubt be wanting to make a decisive victory against Leicester.
City have no new injuries, but may rotate. Bernardo Silva returned on Wednesday, while Fernandinho came on from the bench.
Benjamin Mendy is regaining fitness and did well on Wednesday. Whether he will be fit to start a second game in three days remains to be seen.
Leicester City have a large list of injuries, most notably missing form the Monday night game is Amartey.
City midfield general Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to start this match, but may come on if needed in the 2nd half.
|Man City (4-3-3):||Ederson, Mendy, Laporte, Kompany, Walker, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Sane, Aguero|
|Subs:||Danilo, Stones, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Muric|
|Leicester (4-3-3):||Schmeichel, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Pereira, Ndidi, Choudhury, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Vardy|
|Subs:||Barnes, Mendy, Gray, Soyuncu, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs|
So Far This Season
|Man City This Season||Leicester City This Season|
|30 (13)||Wins (away)||15 (7)|
|6 – 0 v Chelsea||Biggest Win||1 – 4 v Huddersfield|
|2 (2)||Draws (away)||6 (4)|
|0 – 2 v Chelsea||Biggest Defeat||1 – 4 v Crystal Palace|
|Aguero (20)||Top Goal Scorer||Kane (18)|
|Y41, R1||Discipline||Y55, R5|
|1||Failures to Score||5|
|57.1%||Both Teams to Score Games||42.9%|
|53.7%||Over 2.5 Goals||46.3%|
|46.3%||Under 2.5 Goals||53.7%|
- Man City’s home record this season has been nearly flawless. With just 1 loss and 17 wins.
- The form of Man City is hot, they are 5 wins on the bounce.
- Sergio Aguero is top goalscorer for Man City on 20 goals, Jamie Vardy has scored 18 times for Leicester.
- Man City are one point ahead of Liverpool with 2 games remaining in the Premier League.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|26/12/2018||EPL||Leicester 2- 1 Man City||Silva B. 14′|
|18/12/18||EFL Cup||Leicester 1 – 2 Man City||De Bruyne K. 14′|
|10/02/2018||EPL||Man City 5 – 1 Leicester||Sterling 3′|
|19/12/2017||EPL||Leicester 1 – 2 Man City||Silva B. 26′|
|18/11/2017||EPL||Leicester 0 – 2 Man City||Gabriel Jesus 45′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
This game is clear cut for Man City, win and they go within arms reach of the title. Expect a quick start from the hosts, they are 4/7 to win at Half Time/Full Time with Betway.