Man.City vs Leicester: Citizens to arrest Foxes Premier League charge in Etihad thrillerPublished February 4, 2016
It’s the clash of the top two in the most significant game of the Premier League season to date and what is most definitely a title race six-pointer on Saturday. The match kicks off at 12.45pm and is being shown live on BT Sport 1.
Leicester City have confounded the doubters all season and if the Foxes come away from the Etihad with a positive result, then nobody will be able to question their title credentials. It’s a big if though and this game really does represent a massive test for Claudio Ranieri’s men.
A Jamie Vardy double saw Leicester beat Liverpool 2-0 to remain three points clear at the top of the table on Tuesday, but Manchester City stayed on the heels of the leaders with an unconvincing 1-0 win at Sunderland, courtesy of another Sergio Aguero goal.
Those midweek victories should ensure that confidence is high in both camps going into this game. This will also be the Citizens first appearance at the Etihad since confirmation that Pep Guardiola will be taking charge in the summer and that alone should guarantee a buoyant mood among the home support. A win here for Manchester City will see them go above the visitors on goal difference and they might take some catching should they get their noses in front.
Now unbeaten in seven games in all competitions and undefeated in the Premier League since going down at Arsenal before Christmas, Manchester City seem to be hitting their stride at the right time. It’s no coincidence that their form has picked up since Aguero has returned to full fitness.
Leicester are themselves now unbeaten in their last six league games and have still lost just once on the road all season – 1-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day. Whether or not they can win the Premier League remains to be seen, but a top-four finish is now starting to look tantalizingly close.
The reverse fixture with City at the King Power Stadium at the end of last year ended in a goalless draw and Ranieri would be more than happy with a similar result here. Vardy and company could provide some uncomfortable moments for a suspect City rearguard still without the injured Vincent Kompany and can be guaranteed to fight for the full 90-minutes but, even without Kevin de Bruyne, City look to carry enough attacking threat and big-match experience to win this.