Leicester City Vs Manchester City Preview: Team news, key stats and potential starting line-ups

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With the league leaders Liverpool galloping towards the Premier League title, this game will play a key role in deciding which of these two teams will finish 2nd come May.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City will take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City knowing that a victory would burnish their chances of finishing ahead of the reigning Premier League champions.

The Foxes have enjoyed a stellar season and currently find themselves only 4 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men, a position not many thought they’d be in with a quarter of the season remaining.

However, with it’s been almost a month since Leicester last tasted victory in any competition, they are clearly the underdogs going into Saturday night’s late kick-off. Since their 1-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup in January, the King Power Stadium residents have drawn both of their games which they played on either side of February’s winter break.

The poor form of his weekend’s hosts will undoubtedly be music to the ears of Guardiola whose own side has won just two of its last four games in the league. Also, with City traveling to Spain to face Real Madrid in the R16 clash of this season’s Champions League next week, it would be interesting to see which starting line-up the Spaniard might choose on Saturday.

Team news of both sides

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City during the Carabao Cup match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Picture date: 8th January 2020. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples/Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-0425-0056
With both Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy still on the treatment table, Leicester will also be without Hamza Choudhury after the midfielder’s red card at Wolves last weekend.

The potential absence of Wilfried Ndidi would be a bigger blow for the home side as the Nigerian international hasn’t recovered from the injury that kept him out from his side’s last two Premier League games with Chelsea and Wolves.

His role in the center of Leicester’s midfield is expected to be filled by Dennis Praet. The Belgian midfielder has started only 8 games for the Foxes in the league this season, scoring 1 goal and providing another 2 assists from his deep-lying position.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will be without the services of Leroy Sane, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling as the trio has been ruled out of this game due to their respective injuries. The absence of Sterling might allow his boss to hand former Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez a start on Saturday.


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Älkay GÜndogan of Manchester City takes and misses a penalty during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 2 February 2020. PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK Copyright: xVincexxMignottx PMI-3353-0028

Even though Leicester have managed a single victory in their last 8 games in all competitions, they still enjoy a nine-point cushion over 4th placed Chelsea.

Leicester’s form in this particular fixture over the past few years should give plenty of hope to their fans, though, as the Foxes have tasted a single defeat in their last six home clashes with City.

Pep Guardiola’s men ended their two-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday and could open up a 7-point lead over the Foxes provided they manage to take all three points on Sunday evening.

Possible Leicester City starting lineup vs Manchester City: Schmeichel; Evans, Soyuncu, Bennett; Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Chilwell; Vardy, Perez

Possible Manchester City starting lineup vs Leicester City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; Gundogan, Rodrigo, Bruyne; Mahrez, Aguero, Bernardo Silva

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