Manchester City v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 09, 2017
Saturday May 13 – Etihad Stadium – Premier League
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City host Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday, with the hosts expected to continue their top four challenge with a win.
Visitors Leicester have a good record in recent meeting with Manchester City, winning their last two fixtures against them, including a memorable 3-1 win at the Etihad last season. City’s last win over the Foxes came back in March 2015, courtesy of goals from David Silva and James Milner.
The biggest concern for Guardiola is over top scorer Sergio Aguero, who is struggling with a groin injury. The Argentina international is back in light training, but he faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s game. If he misses out, his place is likely to be taken by Gabriel Jesus.
John Stones is still out of first team action with a muscle injury, meaning captain Vincent Kompany will enjoy a sustained run in the starting XI, following his own return from injury.
Ilkay Gundogan and Claudio Bravo are both out for the rest of the season with long term injuries.
Leicester’s biggest injury doubt is skipper Wes Morgan, who has endured a stop-start run of games in 2017. The Jamaican international has suffered with a number of injuries in recent weeks, and a hamstring problem could keep him out of this one.
Yohan Benaloune will start if he is unfit, alongside Robert Huth.
Manchester City v Leicester City Preview and Predictions
Man City are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, putting Guardiola’s team firmly in the driving seat to ensure a top four finish to a relatively underachieving debut season for the the former Barcelona boss.
The forward threat carried by the hosts, with or without Aguero, should be too much for their visitors, despite Leicester improving significantly under Craig Shakespeare.
A home win should be relatively straightforward in the lunchtime kick off, priced at 2/9.
Leicester have recaptured some of the 2015-16 confidence, particularly in front of goal, and they should trouble the home side’s defence, a BTTS bet is 4/5.
Manchester City to win 2-1 at 10/1
City are desperate to secure Champions League qualification for next season, a win on Saturday would be a hug step towards that, particularly as their rivals have a tough run in.
Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime at 2/1
Given Aguero’s potential absence, greater responsibility will fall on other players, inclduing Belgian international De Bruyne to set the hosts on the road to a win.