Manchester City v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 06, 2018
Etihad Stadium - Premier League
The former champions face the champions elect as Leicester City go to Manchester City in the Premier League this Saturday. Both sides drew in the last round, and the Citizens in particular will be looking to get back to winning ways.
Manchester City have come out on top in both of the sides' meetings this season, with a 2-0 away win in the league, and a penalty shoot out victory in the League Cup. In that game, a predominantly second string Man City side looked to be on course for win, before Jamie Vardy scored a 96th minute penalty, only for the England striker to miss his spot-kick in the shoot out!
Captain Vincent Kompany has declared himself injury free and will compete with new-signing America Laport to start this weekend. In more good news for Guardiola, Gabriel Jesus is nearing a miraculously fast return, meaning only Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph and Leroy Sane are out for the Citizens.
Leicester's captain Wes Morgan remains on the sidelines meaning Dragovic or Huth will fight for a start, whilst January signing Foussene Diabate will compete with Demarai Grey to start on the wing.
Manchester City v Leicester City Preview and Predictions
The Mahrez derby as it may soon become known will doubtless be dominated with discussion regarding the Algerian winger.
A deadline day transfer request from Leicester's star player and a bid from the Premier League leaders has resulted in Riyad Mahrez refusing to play, or even train with his side. It appears that the four year love affair between the fans and undoubtedly their best player is to come to a messy end, with Man City unwilling to match Leicester's valuation.
Having missed out on Alexis Sanchez and suffered an injury to Leroy Sane, Guardiola's interest in a left winger was understandable, however, with a 13 point gap on the chasing pack, City hardly needed to spend what was reported to be £90 million on Mahrez. In fact, part of what has made the Citizens so impressive this season has been an equal distribution of responsibility amongst the team, with no one player acting as the central protagonist.
Of course, Kevin De Brunye has been phenomenal and it 3/1 to score this weekend, but Man City would, in all likelihood, be in a similar position without him, and the same goes for other key players such as Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and David Silva. On the other hand, Mahrez has thrived as the focal point of Leicester's attack, with well over 50% of their attack coming down the left, the question remains over whether he could replicate this when no longer the big fish in a small pond.
The winger will be sorely missed for Leicester, but fortunately for Claude Puel, Jamie Vardy has recently rediscovered his title-winning form, with three goals in his last three games. The forward is 5/2 to score against City, and his blistering pace will be a real threat on the counter. The Foxes are also not without strong options on the wing, new signing Diabate impressed in the last round and is 7/2 to score, whilst upcoming England youngster Demarai Gray looks a real prospect whether on the right or left wing.
Man City have been nigh on unstoppable this season, however, Leicester's brand of defensive, counter-attacking football has seen them take an equal share of points from their last five league meetings with the Citizens, and may well be their undoing.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 6/4.
This has typically been a high scoring fixture, and Leicester will have a point to prove against Guardiola's side.
Raheem Sterling to score anytime at 7/2
The winger missed a golden opportunity to win the Burnley match, and will be keen to make up for it this weekend.