Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City remain a crucial point ahead of Liverpool in the run-in. Yet they face the final obstacle in the way of their dream to become the first Premier League team in over a decade to retain and defend a title: Leicester City.
The Foxes’ counterattacking style of play will pose problems for City’s less agile central defensive pairing, and their strong defensive midfield partnership of Wilfried Ndidi and Marc Albrighton will need to be operating at peak efficiency to keep the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva quiet.
So, if Brendan Rodgers, the former Liverpool manager, is the man to orchestrate the downfall of the Citizen’s title hopes, then a point against the reigning champions at the King Power could be just the way to do it.
Leicester vs Man City predictions
Rodger’s men more than impressed in last weekend’s clash against Unai Emery’s Arsenal, and our Leicester vs Man City predictions and betting tips are wagering that they possess all the hallmarks of a team capable of inflicting misery on Pep and co.
Three unanswered goals, including a brace for the ever-present Jamie Vardy and a red card, doled out to Ainsley Maitland-Niles after the young Englishman was brandished with a second yellow, saw the Gunners resigned to their third consecutive defeat in the Premier League.
Yet more prominent than Arsenal’s defensive woes was Leicester’s deadly counterattack. The Foxes quickly turned defence into offence with cutting through-balls or long passes from the likes of James Maddison that Vardy and Hamza Chowdhury needed no invitation to latch onto.
On more than one occasion, either player slipped in behind the Arsenal defence, proving too quick and slippery to deal with for the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
The lack of cohesion, communication and reaction from the Arsenal defence is no comparison to the world-class defence Man City possess in Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. Yet in their narrow victory against Burnley last weekend, the Citizens showed glimpses of this and more than enough to suggest that Leicester will be presented with goalscoring opportunities.
Both Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were able to cause problems for the City back four and were it not for smart defending on Laporte’s part, the Clarets could have claimed a draw, rather than defeat.
Given City’s attacking prowess, combined with Leicester’s more tactical and counterattacking style of play, a draw in our Leicester vs Man City predictions could be the safest bet to punt on.
Leicester vs Man City team news
Unlike their Merseyside title contenders, the Blues have a more extensive injury list that could cause them some damage this Saturday.
Pep is without his in-form midfielder Fernandinho who picked up an injury in Man City’s Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspurs. Yet a more than capable understudy in the form of Ilkay Gundogan could do the job for City against the Foxes.
Meanwhile, the absence of Kevin De Bruyne also seems to be an untimely blow for Pep. Both will continue to be assessed prior this weekend’s clash at the King Power.
On the other hand, Rodgers remains without cause for concern, with all his in-form players fit and raring to go.
While Pep looks to have more reasons to worry, our Leicester vs Man City predictions and betting tips are still expecting his men to cause problems for the Foxes, Fernandinho-less or not.
Leicester vs Man City betting tips
With the odds about a draw trading at 143/20, Liverpool fans will want to place their bets on our predictions.
The promise of results in the last two fixtures between these two sides – featuring a win for the Foxes in their 2018 campaign and a draw in the League Cup – might even prompt some fans to go for a historic win for Rodgers men.
The betting tipsters have shaped up the potential for a Foxes victory at 16/1, while the Citizens are betting as 3/25 outsiders in our Leicester vs Man City predictions.