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Leicester vs. Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
21 February 2020
Third in the Premier League plays host to second this weekend, as Leicester City welcome a beleaguered Manchester City to the King Power Stadium. Only a single point separates the sides ahead of the Man City’s rearranged midweek game against West Ham, although a possible points deduction for the defending champions could see the Foxes leapfrog them by some distance.
Man City came from behind to beat Leicester 3-1 at the Etihad earlier this season, making it back-to-back victories for the Blues against the Foxes. Both of those matches were in Manchester though, with Leicester winning 2-1 at the King Power last term. That victory ended a run of five straight wins for City in this fixture in all competitions.
Hamza Choudhury is suspended for this game after his red card in Leicester’s goalless draw at Wolves on Sunday. On-loan Ryan Bennett returns after he was unable to face his parent club at the weekend, while Wilfred Ndidi and Matthew James should both be fit. Nampalys Mendy and Daniel Amartey are both out though.
Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the visitors due to a hamstring problem, while fellow forward Leroy Sane continues his rehab following knee surgery. Aymeric Laporte is approaching full fitness after his own knee injury, while Oleksandr Zinchenko returns from suspension. Benjamin Mendy is also fit again to provide competition at left-back.
Leicester vs. Manchester City Preview and Predictions
The furore surrounding Manchester City’s alleged contravention of UEFA’s financial fair play rules is set to rumble on, but it remains to be seen what influence that saga has on performances on the pitch. The manager and players seem to be rallying together, and that could work in their favour on this tough trip to the East Midlands to face Leicester City.
The Foxes have been excellent this season, and have won eight of their last 12 home games in the Premier League. Liverpool and Southampton are the only two teams who’ve come away from the King Power with all three points this term, although Leicester did let a lead slip to draw 2-2 with Chelsea in their last game on home soil.
Brendan Rodgers has got his team playing some lovely football when in possession, but his team can be set up perfectly to combat Man City’s own passing game. With that in mind, the home win could prove to be excellent value here at 4.15.
The visitors are still the favourites though at 1.74. Pep Guardiola reportedly gave a rousing speech to his players following their two-year ban from UEFA competitions, and amid the threat of action from the Premier League. The fact remains that City’s squad is full of world-class talent though, and even a draw would be something of a surprise at 4.50.
Draw and over 2.5 goals at 10.00
There hasn’t been a draw between these teams in a little over four years, but Leicester are in good nick this season and Man City had their winter break cut short by their rearranged fixture against West Ham.
Jamie Vardy to score first at 5.50
The former England striker is the Premier League’s top scorer so far this season - one ahead of City’s Sergio Aguero - and broke the deadlock when these teams met in the reverse fixture just before Christmas.