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Leicester vs Manchester City preview & prediction

Match preview

The visit of Premier League champions Manchester City to the King Power Stadium this Saturday lunchtime will be a true test of Leicester City’s purple patch.

Brendan Rodgers’ side defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 last weekend, while City were held scoreless by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Whatever Leicester have been feeding their stars since the beginning of October has worked wonders, as the Foxes are finally rediscovering their best form, having won back-to-back games against Leeds United and Wolves. Leicester have eased the pressure on themselves and their manager by taking 10 points from a possible 15 during a period of marked improvement, climbing out of the relegation zone into 17th place – two points clear of all three sides below the dotted line.

Keeping three consecutive clean sheets is also what the doctor ordered for Leicester ahead of the champions’ visit, and while Rodgers’ side has only conceded two goals this month, the Foxes have not won a league game since January 2021.

With the Gunners’ lead cut to two points last weekend, Man City could leapfrog leaders Arsenal to the top of the table with a win at the King Power Stadium, and Mikel Arteta’s side will not have the chance to respond until they face Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side have also gone without a single victory or a single goal in their last three away from home, with questions about Erling Braut Haaland’s fitness doing them no favours in their bid to end that barren streak.

Leicester vs Manchester City H2H

Man City 6 – 3 Leicester
Leicester 0 – 1 Man City
Leicester 1 – 0 Man City
Leicester 0 – 2 Man City
Man City 2 – 5 Leicester

Leicester vs Manchester City form guide

Fiorentina’s last 5 games – LWLWD

Wolverhampton odds0 – 4odds Leicester
Leicester 2 – 0odds Leeds
Leicester odds0 – 0odds Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 2 – 1odds Leicester
Leicester 4 – 0odds Nottm Forest

Inter Milan’s last 5 games – LWWLL

odds Borussia Dortmund0 – 0odds Man City
odds Man City3 – 1odds Brighton
odds Arsenal0 – 0odds Man City
odds Liverpool1 – 0odds Man City
odds FC Copenhagen0 – 0odds Man City

Key stats

  • Manchester City have an impressive record against Leicester City and have won 64 out of the 125 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Leicester City’s 32 victories.
  • Leicester City have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League matches against Manchester City and have suffered three defeats in a row against the Cityzens.
  • Manchester City have won their last three away games against Leicester City without conceding a single goal – their previous such defeat came by a 2-1 margin in 2018.
  • Since Pep Guardiola took charge of Manchester City in the 2016-17 campaign, Leicester City have scored 17 goals against the Cityzens – more than any other team in the Premier League during this period.
  • Leicester City are unbeaten in their last three matches in the Premier League and have not conceded a single goal during this period.
  • Manchester City have won only two of their last six away matches in the Premier League and lost their previous such game against Liverpool.

Leicester vs Manchester City prediction

The Foxes’ tenacious defensive record is unlikely to matter much in either case, and while we believe Guardiola’s team will prevail, it would not be surprising to see the teams separated by a single goal, Hence we go with the following pickings in this fixture:

  • AWAY TO WIN – YES @ 1.32
  • OVER 3.5  @ 2.13

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