Leicester City v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 15, 2017
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Up next for Pep Guardiola’s irrepressible Manchester City side is a trip to recent Premier League winners Leicester City. The Foxes have shown improvement under Claude Puel, but they’ll have to have all their wiles about them to get a result against the free-scoring Blues.
Last season both teams won their home games in this fixture. A Jamie Vardy hat-trick inspired Leicester to a 4-2 win in December, before City won the return 2-1 at the Etihad. In their title winning season, Leicester took all three points home from this fixture, courtesy of a 3-1 success.
After withdrawing from the England squad over the international break, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph could return to action for this one. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan are pushing for a rare start, with the latter returning to the Germany fold recently for the first time since his injury layoff.
Leicester boss Claude Puel meanwhile is waiting for good news on influential midfielder Vicente Iborra. The Spaniard has been in great form of late, but is being troubled by an ankle issue. Ben Chilwell is another doubt for the Foxes with a knee problem, while Shinji Okazaki could be called upon for his stellar work rate.
Leicester City v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Despite the progress Leicester seem to have been making under Puel, the task of facing this Manchester City side is a completely different prospect. Guardiola’s record-breaking side are unbeaten in the Premier League having won 10 of their 11 games, and boast an incredible goal difference having already found the net 38 times.
The way that Leicester set their team up under Claudio Ranieri was perfectly suited to playing teams like City, who love to keep hold of the ball. New boss Puel will surely stick to his team’s recent traditions, and try to hit their free-scoring opponents on the break. Captain Wes Morgan will need to be at the top of his game alongside Harry Maguire in the centre of defence, who impressed for England during the international break.
If City turn it on though, then even the most dogged of defensive displays is unlikely to stop them. The Blues have goals throughout the team, while there’s little doubt that Kevin de Bruyne has been the Premier League’s standout performer so far this season. It’s little surprise that the visitors start the game as favourites in the betting, priced at 4/11. Leicester are available as long as 17/2, while the draw looks like decent value at 5/1.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 8/5
While City look unstoppable going forward, they can be susceptible to conceding sloppy goals, especially with players of Vardy’s ilk around.
1-1 draw at 11/1
There are some decent odds available if you think this game will end with each side claiming a point apiece. It’s 25/1 if you think the game will finish 0-0, while a 2-2 draw’s priced at 20/1.