Leicester vs Manchester City Preview, Betting Tips and Prediction: City to halt Foxes' mini revival

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It seems impossible to stop Manchester City at the moment, but the latest team to try is Leicester on Saturday afternoon. Pep Guardiola’s side appear to be running away with the Premier League title and sit eight points clear at the table’s summit, having collected 31 points from a possible 33. The most scary statistic, though, is that City have scored over three goals per game on average, and that is just domestically.

Leicester are a funny team to predict; ever since they won the title back in 2016, they have reverted to type in a sense. But having amassed a talented squad over the past few years, they have underachieved and are now under the stewardship of their third manager in that time. Claude Puel has made an unbeaten start to life at the King Power Stadium, but this will be his toughest challenge yet in only his third game.

City headed to Leicester in great form last season and were blown away 4-2, but we don’t see a repeat of that result this weekend.

 

Form

It seems repetitive to keep mentioning City’s imperious form, but it just keeps on getting better week-by-week. Over the last six games, they have six wins and still look unstoppable up front. The scariest thing is how many options Guardiola has to execute his high risk tactics perfectly; but one weakness is the frailties in defence from last season are beginning to creep back in. Their last three Premier League games have seen five goals conceded; only two had gone in in their previous eight games. They are there to be got at in a similar way to last season and Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will be licking their lips at the prospect of causing havoc again.

The latter has been in great form for Leicester recently, with two goals and an assist in his last three games. Some may say the sacking of Craig Shakespeare was harsh and premature, given they weren’t in serious trouble and the season was at an early stage, but expectations have been raised for the Foxes now amf two wins in nine games was not good enough. The energy levels have been raised since Puel’s arrival and if they perform like they did against Everton in his first game, they may well have a chance of springing a surprise in this one.

Team News

Much to the frustration of every Fantasy Team manager on the planet, Guardiola’s team selection remains as hard to call as ever, especially in attack. Sergio Aguero started the last game against Arsenal, but Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score and could be given the nod to start. Vincent Kompany is unlikely to feature, while Benjamin Mendy faces months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane will be looking to continue their respective great goalscoring form.

Leicester do not have any major injury worries, and Puel has a number of options at his disposal including former Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerian striker is yet to make an impact for Leicester but there is no better time to start than against his former club.

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