Manchester City vs. Leicester City: Premier League – Match Preview

The early Premier League leaders Leicester City make the daunting trip to Manchester City in the pick of Sunday’s fixtures.

Manchester City opened their league campaign with a 3-1 win away at Wolves on Monday evening.

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and a deflected Gabriel Jesus effort secured all three points.

Manchester City progressed in the EFL Cup past Bournemouth in midweek, however Leicester were beaten by Arsenal.

The Foxes have won their first two league games this campaign though and rallied from a goal down to beat Burnley last Sunday.

Harvey Barnes scored twice in the win, with the full-back pair of James Justin and Timothy Castagne heavily involved going forward.

Match history
Manchester City won both meetings last term, including a 3-1 win at the Etihad as they recovered from an early Jamie Vardy goal.

Manchester City have a very good home record against Leicester, with the Foxes last win back in 2016 on route to the most surprising of league titles.

Last five Premier League meetings
Leicester City 0 Manchester City 1 – 22/02/20
Manchester City 3 Leicester City 1 – 21/12/19
Manchester City 1 Leicester City 0 – 06/05/19
Leicester City 2 Manchester City 1 – 26/12/18
Manchester City 5 Leicester City 1 – 10/02/18

Team news
Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and Olksandar Zincheko are all out, whilst Aymeric Laporte is unlikely to be involved.

De Bruyne is expected to shake off a minor injury he picked up against Bournemouth, however Jesus is out for three weeks.

Wilfred Ndidi could miss up to 12 weeks according to Brendan Rodgers, meaning the return from suspension of Jonny Evans from suspension is well timed.

New signing Cengiz Under is expected to make the squad for the first time.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Sterling, Foden, Mahrez
Leicester City (4-5-1): Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans, Soyuncu, Justin; Perez, Mendy, Praet, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy

Predictions

Result: Manchester City
Manchester City have won their last seven home Premier League matches

Correct Score: 3-1
Manchester City have scored at least two in their last 11 home fixtures, whilst Leicester’s last three away matches have seen over 2.5 goals

Anytime Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling
De Bruyne, Foden and Jesus got off the mark in City’s opener meaning Sterling will be desperate to open his own account

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