Manchester City vs Leicester City
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
Manchester City were denied by Burnley last weekend at Turf Moor where Clarets managed a last-gasp equalizer to force the Citizens’ third draw of the season. The slip up will not bring Pep Guardiola any headaches as the Spaniard still has the title in the bag being up by 13 ahead of the second-placed city rivals.
Anyhow, the Citizens will be looking to return on the winning ways and boost up the confidence ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Basel. They host Leicester City in what promises to be an entertaining encounter at Etihad, particularly after the saga around potential Riyad Mahrez’s transfer to City.
The Algerian winger has kind of ruined the atmosphere in Leicester’s dressing room dividing the team. He was not in the squad in the last weekend’s home draw with the relegation-threatened Swansea City and his appearance at Etihad is under a big question mark. Other than this, Claude Puel won’t also be able to count on an important center back Wess Morgan (22 appearances in this season) which will be a huge handicap given that the Foxes are about to take on the league’s best attacking line.
Speaking of sidelined players, Guardiola will have woes of his own as he will once again be without important attacking figures Gabriel Jesus (eight goals) and Leroy Sane (seven goals). Still, the table-toppers have a super powerful firepower on display with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Segio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne all set to start the match.
Manchester City vs Leicester City: Head-to-head
The two teams have already locked horns twice in this season.
Man City got away with a 0-2 win away at King Power Stadium in the league clash in mid-November, but they needed penalties to book the spot in the League Cup semifinal a month later (1-1 draw in the regular 90 mins).
At home, the Citizens have won 21 and lost 8 of 37 encounters with Leicester City.
Manchester City vs Leicester City: Prediction
Leicester City have claimed just a single point from last four league games away from King Power.
Given that they are now up against the league’s strongest side and that the situation in Puel’s dressing room has been far from ideal of late, we can hardly go past backing the comprehensive home win here.