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Leicester City v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 24, 2018

- Grant Whittington

King Power Stadium - Premier League

Premier League holders Manchester City travel to Leicester on Boxing Day, looking to recover from their shock defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

Past Meetings

Manchester City have beaten Leicester once already this season, just a week ago in an EFL Cup penalty shootout victory. In Premier League competition, Pep Guardiola's side have won their last three games against The Foxes.

Team News

Leicester have no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of the champions to the East Midlands, with Matty James and Daniel Amartey still sidelined with long term injuries.

Manchester City will be without Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who has a hamstring injury, however key duo Vincent Kompany and David Silva should be fit to return from injury.

Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero should both start, after coming off the bench in the defeat to Crystal Palace.

Leicester City v Manchester City Predictions and Preview

Leicester pulled off a huge result in their last game, winning 1-0 away at Chelsea, their first win away from home since early November. Claude Puel's side will be wary however, given that Guardiola's City are demanded to show a reaction, after their loss at home to Palace opened up a four point gap between them and Liverpool at the top of the table.

Manchester City suffered a double impact with the defeat allowing Liverpool some breathing space, and Guardiola and his players have to respond immediately to prevent Jurgen Klopp's side from moving away.

Despite that defeat to Palace, the visitors are still strong favourites here, and justifiably so, given their excellent early season form in the Premier League. With that in mind, they are still a profitable option as an outright winner, coming in at 4/11.

They are still firing on all cylinders, with goals in both halves in seven of their last eight Premier League games, with that same option available at 19/20 in this tie.

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Manchester City to win 3-1 at

Guardiola's Citizens are far from out of the title race, and they are still favourites to retain their crown, despite Klopp's Liverpool building up a a head of steam in recent weeks. They need to make a statement here, and they look set to do just that in this Boxing Day meeting.

Sergio Aguero to anytime at 5/6

Argentina international Aguero only appeared from the bench in their last game, as he continues his recovery from injury. He has already netted eight Premier League goals so far this season, and he will be keen to boost that number as the season enters its second half.

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