2019-20 Premier League: Week 27 – Leicester vs Manchester City

Third meets second as Leicester City welcome Manchester City to the King Power Stadium in Saturday Night Football.

Leicester can reduce their deficit to City down to a single point with victory, whilst the Citizens will be looking to cut their gap to title leaders – Liverpool to 19 points. 

 

Team news

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Ryan Bennett is in line for his Leicester debut after being ineligible to face his parent club – Wolves last weekend, having signed on loan on Deadline Day at end of January. 

Matty James could also be in contention if he passes a late fitness test after a lengthy spell out with a calf injury. 

Hamza Choudhury is suspended whilst Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi (both knee) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) remain ruled out. 

Man City will have Oleksandr Zinchenko available after serving an one match ban in midweek against West Ham.

David Silva is a doubt after liming off in midweek whilst Raheem Sterling (hamstring), Leroy Sane (knee) are still sidelined.

 

Form

Leicester enter this match unbeaten in their last three league games (W2, D1), with Harvey Barnes scoring in each of their last two home outings against West Ham and Chelsea. 

Man City come into this game with one defeat in their last seven league matches (W5, D1, L1), although they have kept just one clean sheet in their last four away trips. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Leicester have won just one of their last eight meetings against Manchester City in all competitions, including penalty shootouts (W1, L7).
  • Marc Albrighton has scored for Leicester in each of their last two home games against City in all competitions.
  • Man City have scored first in their last four trips to the King Power Stadium in all competitions, since losing 4-2 in December 2016.
  • Leicester have missed their only penalty in this fixture, whereas Man City have scored both of their penalties. 
  • Both teams have had a player sent off in 17 previous Premier League clashes. 

 

Prediction

Leicester have worryingly dropped in form since Boxing Day with mistakes creeping in, although they should be fine for a top three finish given the margins to those below but they need to step up if are to be sure of at least third. 

Man City meanwhile seem to be hitting their usual mid-season strides, which will be a tough ask for the Foxes to stop unless they employ the same tactics which Spurs did at the beginning of this month. 

This therefore should be an away win given the Citizens’ better form at the King Power Stadium against the Foxes, although I do think that Pep Guardiola has one eye on the Champions League in midweek so a draw wouldn’t be a bad result for Leicester here. 

Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester City

Result: Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City

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