This is the right moment for Leicester to prove they are ready for the title

Last updated: February 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Boleyn Ground
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWDWD
Away form: WLDWD
Last season: 2-0
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester and Manchester City ended with a 0-0 draw in the previous match between these two teams. The Foxes played a counter-attacking style and created several great scoring chances, but they were so unlucky, while Manchester City’s strikers were denied by Kasper Schmeichel’s great saves. The Danish goalkeeper kept a clean sheet, he showed great reflexes and saved the point for his team.

Now, these two teams are among the favourites to win the title. Leicester have the advantage, because The Foxes only need to focus on their performance in The Premier League. Their main opponents Arsenal and Manchester City will have to play in The Champions League 1/8 finals and in the 5th round of The FA Cup. This will lead to a rotation of the starting eleven, which can possibly cause a loss of valuable points.

Manchester City have won 20 of 35 home games against Leicester. In addition, The Citizens have scored 87 and have conceded 46 goals. Furthermore, Manchester City are unbeaten at home in their last 8 games (all tournaments). They won 7 of these games, scoring 24 goals and conceding just 7.

Team News

Leicester signed Daniel Iversen of Esbjerg. The Danish goalkeeper cost them £200 K and will be included in the development of the team.

Manuel Pellegrini bought Anthony Caceres of Central Coast Mariners, but immediately sent him on loan to Melbourne City.

Ritchie De Laet is the only injured player in The Foxes’ squad. The defender is suffering from a groin strain and will surely miss the game.

Manchester City’s key player, De Bruyne, is suffering from an ACL knee ligament injury and is expected to resume full training in April.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) :
“I just said it is very important for us to be focusing game by game.”

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) :
“For me it’s important to let our fans dream.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Delph, Fernando, Sterling, Silva, Navas, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, Humphreys, Fernandinho, Celina, Clichy, Iheanacho, Toure.
Injured: Kompany, Nasri, Mangala, Roberts, Bony, De Bruyne, Kolarov.
Not available:
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.
Subs Gray, Wasilewski, Dyer, King, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: De Laet.
Not available:

Key Battle

Toure this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (1) 1648 5 3 5 2 3 0
Riyad Mahrez playing Mahrez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
21 (1) 1806 13 2,6 8 8 1 0

So far this season

. . .
Manchester City this season Leicester this season
2 League Position 1
9 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (7)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Stoke, Newcastle and Swansea
1 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (4)
2 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham Biggest Defeat 2-5 to Arsenal
Aguero (12) Top scorer Vardy (16)
De Bruyne (9) Assist Leader Mahrez (8)
Y39, R0 Discipline Y35, R0
5 Failures to score 3
10 Clean Sheets 7
12 Both Teams to Score Games 15
15 Over 2.5 Games 14
8 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Leicester have lost 1 of their last 15 away Premier League matches. Their only defeat was at Anfield on 26th December 2015 (0-1 to Liverpool).
  • Manchester City have won 9 of their 12 matches at The Etihad Stadium this season. They have scored 33 goals, which means they score almost 3 goals per game on average.
  • The Foxes’ last victory over Manchester City away from The King Power Stadium was on 9th November 2003. The final score was 3-0 in Leicester’s favour.
  • The Citizens have won the last match at The Etihad Stadium between these two teams. The final score was 2-0. David Silva and James Milner were the goal-scorers.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
29/12/15 The Premier League Leicester 0-0 Man City
04/03/15 The Premier League Man City 2-0 Leicester David Silva 45′
13/12/14 The Premier League Leicester 0-1 Man City F. Lampard 40′
17/12/13 The Capital One Cup Leicester 1-3 Man City A. Kolarov 8′
18/01/11 The FA Cup Man City 4-2 Leicester C. Tevez 15′