Manchester City vs Leicester City Predictions
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- Man City won 10 and drew one of their last 11 Premier League home games.
- Over 2.5 goals were scored and both teams registered in four of the last five meetings between Man City and Leicester at the Etihad Stadium.
- Man City’s last 11 Premier League home games averaged 3.63 goals per 90 minutes.
- Leicester won just one of their last nine Premier League away assignments.
Man City’s slick start
Manchester City launched their latest domestic assault in typically emphatic fashion on Monday evening with a fine 3-1 win against Wolves at Molineux, in a statement performance that suggested the Citizens are ready to push Liverpool hard in this season’s title race.
Just a couple of days after their triumph at Wanderers, a much-changed City made much harder work of Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, though their eventual 2-1 victory allowed them to progress to the next round while keeping a whole host of stars fresh.
Leicester the early pace setters
Leicester City travel to Manchester as the Premier League’s early leaders following successive wins over West Brom (3-0) and Burnley (4-2), though their cup exit at home to Arsenal in mid-week might take some of the wind out of the Foxes’ sails.
Having closed out the previous season without a single win in their final eight Premier League away assignments, Leicester’s 3-0 win over the newly promoted Baggies at the Hawthorns on the opening weekend of the new campaign might have exorcised a few demons, though a meeting with a far more accomplished Man City team should prove a much sterner test.
Goals on the cards at the Etihad
Man City finished the 2019/20 season in scintillating form on their own patch with 10 wins and one draw from their final 11 Premier League assignments at the Etihad Stadium – and Pep Guardiola will be desperate for his team to start a fresh home campaign on the front foot on Sunday.
That action-packed set of 11 City home fixtures averaged an eye-watering 3.63 goals per 90 minutes, and it’s interesting to note that the Citizens kicked off their superb streak with a 3-1 win over Leicester just before Christmas last year.
That was the fourth time in five Premier League meetings between the teams in Manchester where over 2.5 goals hit the net and both teams scored – and we expect the sides’ latest tussle on Sunday to be similarly goal laden.
With Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling already in their stride, the Citizens have the firepower to outscore Leicester again this weekend, and with an excellent record of six wins in their last seven Premier League encounters with the Foxes, another exciting Man City victory is anticipated.
The Foxes, who registered on three of their last four tips to the Etihad, have the counter-punching power to make an impact on the scoresheet however, especially with the fast-breaking surges of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes in their armoury, though any effort hit by Leicester will likely be a consolation.
Aligning all the factors at play, the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score market looks the most potentially profitable pick for Sunday’s match, while our correct score prediction tips a prolific Man City to emerge with the points and a 3-1 victory.
Manchester City injuries and team news
Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan remain sidelined for City, while defensive duo Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are also out through injury.
Gabriel Jesus, who scored home and away against Leicester last term, should spearhead the Citizens attack again, while former Fox Riyad Mahrez will hope to feature against his old club.
Leicester City injuries and team news
Ricardo Pereira is still some distance from returning, though key centre half Jonny Evans will hope to recover in time from a quadricep strain.
Wilfred Ndidi is a big loss for Leicester however. The holding midfielder picked up a groin injury last week and could be out for up to 12 weeks.
- 8 Mar