Manchester City v Leicester – The Preview

Last updated: May 3, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: The Etihad
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Away Form: DLLWW
Last Meeting: Man City 4 – 3 Leicester
Competition: EPL

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.

Team News

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.

Expected Line-Ups:

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
Injured: Bravo, Zinchenko
Not available:
Leicester (4-3-3): Schmeichel, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Pereira, Ndidi, Choudhury, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Vardy
Subs: Barnes, Mendy, Gray, Soyuncu, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs
Injured: Amartey
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man City This Season Leicester City This Season
1st League Position 8th
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
52.5% Clean Sheets 25.6%
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.