Manchester City vs Leicester City preview
Watch manchester city vs Leicester city preview, as man city welcomes Leicester city in the premier league premises as they wait for claiming their 10th consecutive victory, at the Etihad stadium.
As man city stands close to the Arsenal in the points table, The Leicester city is on the 19th place of the points table. pep Guardiola‘s side have boosted their hopes of winning the treble this season following a successful week in both the Premier League and Champions League, with back-to-back victories over Southampton and Bayern Munich.
Their latest triumph took place at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, with goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Erling Braut Haaland securing a commanding 3-0 quarter-final first-leg win over their Bavarian counterparts to put them on the brink of reaching their third successive Champions League semi-final.
Haaland also scored twice for the Citizens three days earlier in a 4-1 victory at St Mary’s, and that result coupled with Arsenal dropping points in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool has seen Pep Guardiola’s men move to within six points of the Premier League leaders, who have played a game more.
Man City have put together a strong run of form at the right time and have particularly found their groove in attack, as they have scored 24 goals in their last five games across all competitions, netting at least three times on each occasion.
Another victory for Man City would help maintain their impressive momentum heading into an important period in their season, with a Champions League second-leg tie in Germany and a trip to Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final with Sheffield United to come next week.
Teams News and Injury
Man City attacker Phil Foden remains sidelined as he continues to recover from appendicitis surgery, while De Bruyne is fit to feature after Guardiola played down fears that he sustained an injury against Bayern.
With one eye on next week’s Champions League tie in Germany, Guardiola will likely consider making some changes to his starting lineup, with Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker and Rico Lewis all pushing to start in defence.
Haaland, who recently recovered from a groin injury, will likely see his minutes managed on Saturday, but the Premier League’s top scorer is expected to lead the line, while Riyad Mahrez will look to replace Bernardo Silva on the right flank.
As for Leicester, Harvey Barnes and Ricardo Pereira have both been ruled out with hamstring injuries and join James Justin and Ryan Bertrand (both knee) in the treatment room, but Smith has confirmed that Youri Tielemans will return to the matchday squad after recovering from an ankle problem.
Jonny Evans watched on as an unused substitute last weekend after recovering from a thigh problem and the centre-back will be pushing to start ahead of either Daniel Amartey or Wout Faes. Smith could also stick with a back four having previously used a four-man defence against Man City during his time with both Villa and Norwich.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is available for selection after serving a one-match ban and he could be recalled to centre-midfield at the expense of Boubakary Soumare, while former Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho will compete with Patson Daka and Jamie Vardy for a place in attack the latter of whom has scored more league goals against Guardiola’s City side than any other player (eight) and is in line to make his 300th Premier League appearance for the Foxes.
Man city vs Leicester Head-to-head stats
Manchester City have an impressive record against Leicester City and have won 65 out of the 126 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Leicester City’s 32 victories. Manchester City have won their last four games and 10 of their last 12 games against Leicester City in the Premier League, with their previous defeat against the Foxes coming by a 5-2 margin in 2020.
After a run of four victories in their first five away games at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, Leicester City have lost five of their last six such matches at the venue.
Since their 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in February this year Manchester City have won seven of their last eight Premier League games and are on a five-game winning run in the competition.
Man city vs Leicester city Prediction
Manchester City have an exceptional squad at their disposal and have come into their own over the past month. Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish have stepped up to the plate in recent weeks and will look to make their mark in this fixture.
Leicester City have been a shadow of their former selves this season and will need to play out of their skins to stand a chance in this match. Manchester City are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.