Can Leicester be the next team to take points from Manchester City?
Last updated: February 8, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Home Team Form:||WLWWD|
|Away Team Form:||WDWLD|
|Last Meeting:||Leicester 1 – 1 Man City|
Two teams that have become well acquainted with one another over the last few seasons meet on Saturday afternoon as Manchester City host Leicester. City have beaten Leicester in the reverse leg already this season, but Leicester have been something of a bogey team for Manchester City.
Despite a few draws and even a defeat sneaking into City’s record over the last six weeks, they still dominate the league table and have only dropped points at home once all season. As usual then, they are big favourites with the bookies, but there are some warning signs starting to creep into the picture. First off, the injuries are starting to rack up among Guardiola’s ranks. Leroy Sané was always going to be a big miss, but David Silva is currently out too, along with the long term injuries to Jesus, Mendy and Delph. While the squad size is adequate to compensate, the problem is that the Champions League begins just three days after this match, with City heading to Switzerland to face FC Basel. It will be interesting to see how Pep lines his team up then. Sergio Agüero is the only fit out and out striker and while he is in great form, his services may be found to be more important in the Champions League match.
Leicester have no Champions League fixtures to worry about this season, but they will most likely once again be without Riyad Mahrez. It was opponents Manchester City’s interest in the player that reportedly led to Mahrez handing in a transfer request, though Mahrez remains a Leicester player for now, with City withdrawing interest due the Leicester’s inflated valuation of the player. How much of that is fact is anyone’s guess, but Mahrez has been absent from the team – and training – for some time now. Jamie Vardy is in good scoring form and his runs will likely be Leicester’s best chance to stretch the game. The Foxes have seen that Manchester City can be held back in recent weeks, so may fancy their chances now more than ever.
John Stones is the latest injury worry for Manchester City, with the defender a doubt for this match with a knee injury.
Pep Guardiola will have one eye on the Champions League match again Basel that takes place a few days after this match, so there could be some heavy rotation.
Riyad Mahrez was unavailable for the last match and with the behind the scenes saga raging on, he’s not likely to feature again here.
West Morgan has recovered from an injury, but the defender needs to buildup his match fitness before returning to the team.
|Man City (4-2-3-1):||Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, De Bruyne, Fernandino, Gündogan, B Silva, Agüero, Sterling|
|Subs:||Bravo, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Zinchenko, Y Touré, Diaz|
|Injured:||Mendy, Sané, Delph, Foden, Jesus|
|Doubtful:||Stone, D Silva|
|Leicester (4-3-3):||Schmeichel, Simpson, Dragovic, Maguire, Diabaté, Ndidi, Adrien Silva, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy|
|Subs:||Chilwell, Gray, Hamer, Okazaki, Iborrra, James, Benalouane|
So Far This Season
|Manchester City So Far This Season||Leicester So Far This Season|
|12 (10)||Wins (away)||6 (3)|
|7 – 2 vs. Stoke||Biggest Win||4 – 1 vs. Southampton|
|1 (2)||Draws (away)||3 (5)|
|3 – 4 vs Liverpool||Biggest Defeat||0 – 3 vs Crystal Palace|
|Sergio Agüero (17)||Top Goal Scorer||Jamie Vardy (12)|
|Y41, R2||Discipline||Y31, R3|
|1||Failures to Score||5|
|50%||Both Teams to Score Games||61%|
|73%||Over 2.5 Goals||53%|
|27%||Under 2.5 Goals||47%|
- City have stuttered a little over the last few weeks, thanks to the hectic Christmas schedule. They have dropped points just three times this season, although just once at home and that was in the second week of the season.
- Leicester have already lost at home to Manchester City this season and won’t be looking forward to this away fixture too much; they’ve won just three of thirteen away games this season.
- Just two clean sheets in their last three is unlike Manchester City, though they have welcomed back Vincent Kompany from injury and signed Aymeric Laporte to strengthen the defence.
- Jamie Vardy has refound scoring form with three goals in his last three games. The striker scored a hat-trick against City last season as the Foxes won that match.
Head to Head
|Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides|
|Date||Game Result||Round||First Goal-scorer|
|19/12/2017||Leicester 1 – 1 Man City||League Cup||B Silva 26′|
|18/11/2017||Leicester 0 – 2 Man City||Premier League||Jesus 45′|
|13/05/2017||Man City 2 – 1 Leicester||Premier League||D Silva 29′|
|10/12/2016||Leicester 4 – 2 Man City||Premier League||Vardy 3′|
|06/02/2016||Man City 1 – 3 Leicester||Premier League||Huth 3′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Getting value out of Manchester City’s games has been tough this season with them being so dominant. With the Champions League on the horizon, we expect a more restricted approach from Pep for this game, as he will want to make sure there are no injuries to key players, namely Sergio Agüero.
With that in mind, we fancy combining the City win with under 3.5 goals, which you can get for a decent price at Betway.