Leicester City v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Leicester City v Manchester City

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Saturday, February 22, 2020


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

This will be a tight encounter between two teams that love to dominate possession of the ball, and whilst a draw may seem a logical result Leicester City can be backed to win with the benefit of a +1 goal handicap at Evens with Bet365.

Jamie Vardy, where are you? The prolific marksman has hit a barren run in recent weeks, but with City’s porous defence in town he will surely fancy his chances of getting back to goalscoring ways. Back the Englishman at 9/2 to get back on track and open the scoring on Saturday evening.

The battle for second place comes into sharp focus on Saturday evening, as Manchester City visit Leicester City with both sides having long given up the chase for top spot with runaway leaders Liverpool long gone on the horizon.

Leicester looking to improve against top six

Whilst Brendon Rodgers’ side have enjoyed an impressive season in most respects, one aspect that will irk him is some of the results against the so called ‘top six’ sides, even though Leicester have broken up that cartel this campaign. Whilst there is no shame in losing both home and away to Liverpool, a chastening defeat away at Manchester City earlier in the campaign combined with mixed results against the rest, with wins against Arsenal and Tottenham perhaps being offset against defeat to Manchester United and two draws against Chelsea. With away trips to both North London clubs still to come, Rodgers’ will be keen for a statement victory against one of the top sides, and a repeat of last season’s 2-1 win against City would be a massive boost for the Foxes going in the last third of the season.

Frustrating season for City in the league

With six defeats already racked up this season, City would have been struggling to keep pace with league leaders Liverpool in a normal campaign, but the Reds smashing records almost every week each loss has been magnified, with a now almost insurmountable 22 point deficit between the two sides. With the threat of expulsion from the Champions League also hanging over the club, along with a potential reshuffle of the side on the cards in the summer, manager Pep Guardiola would appear to have it all to do in order to finish his five year stint in charge on a high next season.

With the failure to replace Vincent Kompany the usual excuse to explain City’s at times indifferent form this season, scratching beneath the surface reveals other cracks beginning to appear in a side that has been used to sweeping all before them in the previous two campaigns. The left back position remains problematic, goalkeeper Ederson has dropped a level this season, David Silva is leaving at the of the season but so far no viable option has emerged to replace him, and the future of Leroy Sane remains a doubt, giving Guardiola plenty to ponder this summer.

Team News

Wilfred Ndidi remains out for the home side, leaving a hole in midfield where Leicester City are most likely to be overrun by their slick opponents. Fellow midfielder and recent stand in Hamza Choudhury is also missing through suspension, giving Rodgers plenty to mull over as he looks to disrupt Manchester City’s flow.

Leroy Sane has resumed light training for the Citizens but is still a few weeks away from returning, whilst fellow attacker Raheem Sterling remains out with a hamstring injury. Guardiola may look to shuffle his pack after their midweek exertions against West Ham United, giving the likes of Phil Foden a chance for a rare start, whilst Riyad Mahrez may also feature against his old club.

Entertaining stalemate on the cards?

Whilst Manchester City eased to a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, the home side will be looking to make amends, despite problems in midfield with injuries and suspension. The visitors have rarely looked comfortable on their travels to some of the top sides this season and would probably be glad to escape without yet another defeat on their book in what should be a top quality encounter.

Punter's Pick

This will be a tight encounter between two teams that love to dominate possession of the ball, and whilst a draw may seem a logical result Leicester City can be backed to win with the benefit of a +1 goal handicap at Evens with Bet365.

Jamie Vardy, where are you? The prolific marksman has hit a barren run in recent weeks, but with City’s porous defence in town he will surely fancy his chances of getting back to goalscoring ways. Back the Englishman at 9/2 to get back on track and open the scoring on Saturday evening.

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