Manchester City – Leicester City (Premier League)
Manchester City and Leicester City face each other this Saturday, at Etihad Stadium (Manchester). This is a match of Premier League´s 37th round. Pep Guardiola’s side arrive to this match after an amazing 5-0 home win against Crystal palace. The Foxes, on their turn, arrive here after a 3-0 home win over Watford, that guaranteed their survival in the league.
Manchester City hold the 4th place in the table with 69 points, 1 point behind the 3rd place, Liverpool, and with a game in hand. Their points come from 20 wins, 9 draws and 6 defeats, with 70 goals scored and 37 conceded in the process. In their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have won 3 matches and drew the other 2. This sequence of results started with a 3-1 home win against Hull City, that was followed by a 0-3 away win against Southampton, a 0-0 home draw against Manchester United, a 2-2 away draw against Middlesbrough, and as mentioned before, a convincing 5-0 home win against Crystal Palace.
At home, so far, Pep Guardiola’s team has played 17 matches: won 9, drew 7 and lost jus 1. In addition, they have scored consistently: they have 32 goals scored and just 15 conceded in the process. At their home ground, city is a very strong team, that makes real good use of home advantage. This season, at home so far, they have only lost against Chelsea (1-3).
City have been unbeaten the their last 10 home matches and kept a clean sheet in 4 of them.
Gundogan and Claudio Barvo are out due to injury. Stones and Aguero are questionable players.
Probable Lineup: Caballero – Fernandinho, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy – Touré – Sané, De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling – Jesus.
Leicester City sit 9th position in the table, with 43 points, which comes from 12 victories, 7 draws and 16 defeats, with 45 goals scored and 54 goals conceded. They are now 9 points clear of the relegation zone. In their last 5 official matches, in this competition, they have won 2, drew 1 and lost the other 2. This sequence of results started with a 4-2 away loss against Everton. This result was followed by a 2-2 away draw against Crystal Palace, a 1-0 away loss against Arsenal, a 0-1 away loss against West Bromwich, and as mentioned before, a 3-0 away loss against Leicester City.
Away from home in the Premier League so far, the team has played 17 matches: drew 3, lost 11 and have just won 3. Their form away from home is very poor, since they are, at the moment, in a five-game winless run.
Mathematically, Watford can still go to the relegation zone, but they would have to lose their 3 remaining games.
Wagué and Mendy are out due to injury. Morgan is a questionable player.
Probable Lineup: Schmeichel – Simpson, Huth, Benalouane, Fuchs – Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton – Okazaki, Vardy.
Undefeated in their last 10 home matches, Manchester City gather all the factor to overcome Leicester City, that away from home, this season, have been presenting very poor performances.