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

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Premier League Manchester City v Leicester City

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Saturday, December 21, 2019


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

Leicester’s impressive defence ensures even in defeat they rarely lose by more than one goal, therefore the Foxes grabbing a draw with the benefit of a +1 handicap at 11/4 with Bet365 looks an interesting option. The two games between these sides last season ended 2-1 to Leicester and 1-0 to Manchester City, so therefore a goal fest is not guaranteed – 2.5 goals and under at 7/4 with Bet365 could come into play.

Second takes on third as Manchester City welcome Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium for a Saturday evening showdown, with both sides chasing three points to try and keep in touch with runaway league leaders Liverpool.

Which version of Manchester City will show up?

There has been a distinct air of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ about Manchester City in recent weeks, with their performances and results fluctuating wildly, almost from game to game. Last Sunday we witnessed the Citizens at their brilliant best, as a Kevin De Bruyne inspired side dismantled Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium, seemingly without breaking a sweat.

The swagger and style of this result was in sharp contrast to the previous week, where a disjointed and at times dispirited City side were swept aside by bitter rivals Manchester United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. That result left them a massive fourteen points league leaders Liverpool, and they can ill afford to drop any more points this season, a tall order given they have already lost roughly one in four league games so far this campaign.

Foxes’ winning streak surprisingly ended

Leicester had been until last week enjoying a dream run, notching up eight straight league wins to propel themselves into second place at the expense of Saturday’s opponents. A 1-1 draw with lowly Norwich City was therefore all the more surprising given their current run of form, as the Canaries escaped with a precious point in their battle against relegation.

Norwich’s performances also showed some intriguing tactical limitations and weaknesses that teams playing Leicester may look to exploit over the coming weeks. But sitting deep in defence and not pushing up too far, the Canaries neutralized Jamie Vardy’s natural inclination to run in behind, taking away the Foxes’ main attacking weapon. Leicester’s defence was also exposed on more than one occasion for playing a high line, with Teemu Pukki breaking the offside trap to score with a simple run through the middle of their defence, and squandering a couple of other similar opportunities. With City’s array of attacking talent always darting in between the lines and spaces at the back, the Foxes will have to tighten up this week and perhaps adopt a different approach.

Team News

Both sides named relatively strong lineups for their midweek victories in the Carabao Cup, giving both manager interesting selection dilemmas. For City Phil Foden started ahead of David Silva last weekend and impressed sufficiently to warrant another possible start, whilst at left back Pep Guardiola will have to choose from Benjamin Mendy, Angelino and Oleksandr Zinchenko, all of whom have played in the previous two games. Sergio Aguero could also make the squad after missing several weeks through injury, but John Stones looks to be definitely ruled out.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers may tinker with his lineup as well in order to avoid being overrun in midfield by City, paving the way for Demari Gray or Ayoze Perez to return to the starting lineup at the expense of former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who has only just recently returned to the starting XI.

Close encounter but City should prevail

Assuming City do not suddenly drop a level compared to last weekend and their outstanding showing at Arsenal, they should have enough at their disposal to get the job done against Leicester. The Foxes will definitely make it tough for the defending champions, but if City can figure out a way to keep Vardy quiet or limit his chances to run in behind, Leicester may find it tough to find a way out from long periods of defending and not seeing the ball.

Punter's Pick

Leicester’s impressive defence ensures even in defeat they rarely lose by more than one goal, therefore the Foxes grabbing a draw with the benefit of a +1 handicap at 11/4 with Bet365 looks an interesting option. The two games between these sides last season ended 2-1 to Leicester and 1-0 to Manchester City, so therefore a goal fest is not guaranteed – 2.5 goals and under at 7/4 with Bet365 could come into play.

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