Premier League: Leicester vs Manchester City preview

Manchester City are looking to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and the first opportunity is on Boxing Day, when they visit Leicester at King Power Stadium. The two teams have met last week in the quarter finals of the League Cup, the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Marc Albrighton, and Manchester City edged past Leicester after the penalty shoot-out. Last season the Citizens won both Premier League meetings against the Foxes last season, 2-0 away and 5-1 at home, with Sergio Aguero scoring four goals in the spectacular home victory.

Leicester have recovered from the League Cup defeat with a famous victory at the weekend, they defeated Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a second-half goal from striker Jamie Vardy. That was the first victory for the Foxes after a four-match drought in all competitions, and it lifted them to ninth place in the Premier League table. Leicester have won just three of their eight home matches in the Premier League this season, they seem to have better results away for some reason. Daniel Amartey and Matty James are the only injury concerns for manager Claude Puel, but the boss will most likely make some changes in the starting eleven in order to cope with the fixture congestion.

Manchester City suffered an unexpected blow last weekend, they lost 3-2 at home against Crystal Palace and saw Liverpool gain a four-point advantage at the top of the table. Tottenham are now just two points behind the Citizens in third place, another setback will most likely see Pep Guardiola's men lose their second place as well. They went fifteen matches unbeaten in the Premier League this season but then lost two of the last three, first at Chelsea and then at home against the Eagles last week. Fernandinho might make his return from injury in this match, while Benjamin Mendy and Eliaquim Mangala remain sidelined.

Probable line-ups:

Leicester: Schmeichel - Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell - Choudhury, N. Mendy, Ndidi - Gray, Vardy, Maddison

Man City: Ederson - Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph - B. Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne - Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

My prediction: Manchester City to win 2-0, the Citizens should be very determined to steady the ship after the recent results.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Leicester win - 8.50
Draw - 5.25
Man City win - 1.40

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Yeah, as Johnny said above Man City would be desperate to win that one after the surprising defeat v Palace last time round but that being said I don't expect it would be an easy game for them at all.
    Leicester shown how dangerous they could be in the game they've won at Chelsea and I hope they could repeat that against City too.
    Probably still a City win though, my guess is 2-1 for the away side but I think the draw is also a possibility in this game.

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