Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Leicester City

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, February 6 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 4/7 – Draw 16/5 – Leicester City 9/2

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Premier League leaders Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium in the first game of the weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been in a great run of form and are unbeaten in their last seven in the league. This is a huge tie which they desperately need to take all three points from to ensure they are in the strongest position possible to regain the title.

Manchester City have not lost in their last nine outings against Leicester in all competitions and haven’t conceded a goal in the last three meetings between the sides.

The Manchester giants come into this one off the back of their hard earned 1-0 away win over Sunderland, a great example of their resilience and proof they are more than capable of grinding out results.

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Leicester City are continuing to fly high and are three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the league coming into this one.

They won convincingly last time out against Liverpool with Jamie Vardy scoring that unforgettable screamer and have scored five goals in their last two games.

Claudio Ranieri’s side are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 away Premier League games and are more than capable of making this a really tough tie for Manchester City.

If Leicester can avoid defeat here they will give themselves a great chance of winning the league but some are still questioning their chances. Leicester on paper have a favourable run in to the end of the season after their next two games and we will really get a feel for how things will end up over the coming weeks.

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Team News

Manchester City’s injury list is a concern for Pellegrini but shows the importance of squad depth. Six first team players look set to miss out as Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Kevin DeBruyne, Fabian Delph, Jesus Navas and captain Vincent Kompany are all sidelined.

Leicester City have just the three players who look unlikely to feature here, Daniel Amartey is a doubt while Matthew James and Jeffrey Schlupp are both out.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: W/D/W/D/W

Leicester City’s last five: D/W/D/W/W

Key Stat: Solid – Leicester have kept five clean sheets in their last six Premier League games.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine goal-machine has bagged six in his last five Premier League outings and now has 13 for the season. If he continues to find the net at this ratio he could well be the difference for City bringing the title back to the Etihad.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 2-1 Leicester City – Pellegrini’s side to edge this one in a tie which could have a serious impact in the race for the title. It should be a thriller and one not to miss.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs Manchester United 

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, November 28 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Leicester City 11/5 – Draw 23/10 – Manchester United 11/8

Match Preview

Leicester City welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium in a top of the table clash in the late kick off on Saturday afternoon as the top two in the Premier League go head-to-head.

The home side are in a great run of form and lead the division by a point heading into this one. Claudio Ranieri’s men will be full of confidence but will also be well aware of the challenge they face in this tie.

Leicester come into the game off the back of their impressive 3-0 away win over Newcastle last weekend where Jamie Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games. He will now look to break it against Van Nistelrooy’s former club.

Leicester City’s Premier League record: P13 – W8 – D4 – L1

This has the makings of a game not to miss, especially for those that remember the action-packed fixture between the sides from last season which ended 5-3 to Leicester.

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Manchester United have quietly gone about their business this season. They have come under some criticism but can top the Premier League after the weekend if they win here, regardless of other results.

Louis Van Gaal’s side come into the game off the back of their 2-1 win away at Watford, where they showed their resilience to take all three points late on.

Manchester United’s Premier League record: P13 – W8 – D3 – L2

United know how difficult of a task this is going to be and will be all too aware of how dangerous Leicester can be on the counter attack, so they cannot afford any lapses in concentration.

This game is winnable for United, but it is going to take a fine performance to stop the high-flying Leicester, and we can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

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Team News

Leicester have just the one injury concern, with Matthew James out. Ranieri will be expecting his side to continue with their committed performances and will not expect the magnitude of the tie to get to them.

Manchester United’s injury concerns are ongoing. Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are all expected to miss out. Luke Shaw will continue to be unavailable as he recovers from that horrific leg break, but he is making steady progress.

Key Points

Leicester City’s last five: D/W/W/W/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have won ten out of the last 11 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

Key Player: Jamie Vardy – All eyes will be on Vardy once more. The Englishman will be gunning to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record and what a game it could be to do it in. You can’t ignore him for the key man in this one.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United – The two are so hard to split before kick off. Leicester are still enjoying their sensational start to the season and United are proving tough to breakdown. Score draw most likely.

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Then Jamie Vardy’s meteroic rise is discussed along with Leicester’s chances of success this season.

STATS: Five England alternatives to Jamie Vardy after shock call-up

Roy Hodgson has named his England squad for the upcoming internationals with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, and Leicester City‘s Jamie Vardy has caused quite a stir as he has been included for the first time in his career.

Vardy has never represented England at national level and was with League One side Fleetwood Town just three years ago.

It’s an incredible journey for the 28-year-old attacker and caps off a fine few months after helping Leicester to retain their top flight status, but was his call-up justified?

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Harry Kane’s involvement with the England Under 21’s and Daniel Sturridge’s injury means Hodgson had to look for attacking alternatives, with Vardy and QPR’s Charlie Austin both selected.

Austin’s inclusion is difficult to argue against as he has been sensational for the R’s this year, scoring 17 times in the league, but there were perhaps some better options than Jamie Vardy for Hodgson to consider.

Jamie Vardy's statistics compared to other Premier League attackers (stats via Squawka)

Jamie Vardy’s statistics compared to other Premier League attackers (stats via Squawka)

The table above looks at five fellow Premier League players that play a similar position to Vardy that Hodgson could have selected instead.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young has been in fine form of late, netting one with four assists in his last six outings, and he has created the same number of chances as Vardy in less appearances this term.

While Crystal Palace duo Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon have both been just as effective in front of goal, with Puncheon netting two more than the Leicester man.

Puncheon has contributed the same number of goals per game on average over the course of the campaign as Vardy and is perhaps unlucky not to have been called up.

While West Ham’s Stewart Downing will feel even more disappointed not to have been rewarded for his fine season.

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Downing has created more than twice the number of chances as Vardy, and has more than three times the number of key passes to his name.

The most concerning statistic as far as Vardy is concerned is that he boasts a pass completion percentage of just 64%, worse than any of the above players compared.