Man City vs Leicester: Champions to strike early
Man City star Riyad Mahrez

Man City vs Leicester: Champions to strike early

Kick-off: 1500, 26/12/2021

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City spent Christmas with a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League and are in ominous form ahead of the visit of Leicester.

The defending champions have won eight league games in a row to take control of the title race and it is a brave punter that backs that run to end this weekend.

City have won both halves in five of their seven home wins this season as well as at Newcastle last time out so we’re backing the same outcome again at 2.30 as our opening Man City vs Leicester prediction.

Manchester City Odds

City have won their last two games by an aggregate score of 11-0 and beat Newcastle 4-0 without getting out of second gear.

That was their 34th league victory of 2021, eclipsing the previous record set by Liverpool in 1982, although boss Pep Guardiola is convinced there is further improvement in his squad and was unhappy with his side’s first-half performance.

Asked what that said about his team, he replied: “Our consistency. I prefer to win titles but when you break a record from a long, long time ago, in a calendar year, the most victories, you are consistent.

“You win games and win games and win games and this is the most precious value this team has.

“But you have to renew, you have to build again and build again to avoid performances like the first half, to do it better.

“But yes, compliments – but one day, it will be broken. We’ve had 100 points, maybe one day one team will get more points but they will have to do well, really well because it’s not easy to do it.

“I’m happy for the guys, for all the club, they should be proud of that, no more than that.

“That’s why when we break a record and we played the first half (like we did), I like it because I am aware still of the margin we have to be a better team and we are working on that.”

City took just five minutes to take the lead at St James’ Park, having needed only eight minutes to break the deadlock against Leeds.

They have been leading after 15 minutes in six of their last 11 league games and can be backed to score at least once in that time at Man City vs Leicester odds.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

Jack Grealish and Phil Foden could return for City after the England pair were left on the bench at Newcastle after an apparent disciplinary issue.

Kyle Walker will hope to return after a fitness issue while Ferran Torres, currently sidelined with a broken foot, looks to have played his final game for the club as he nears a move to Barcelona.

Leicester City Odds

Leicester return to Premier League action for the first time in a fortnight after a Covid-19 outbreak forced their games against Tottenham and Everton to be postponed.

It means both teams are in the unusual position of being 4-0 winners against Newcastle in their previous league games but Leicester have shown none of the consistency that City have managed.

The Foxes have only claimed back-to-back wins once this season and three of their five victories prior to the Newcastle game were followed by a defeat.

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal when these teams met in September but with City now in such fine form, we’re going for a 3-0 win at 7.75 as the last of our Man City vs Leicester betting tips.

Last Leicester EPL line-up: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne, Thomas, Barnes, Tielemans, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Ndidi, Daka.

Leicester will make late assessments on a number of players. Striker Jamie Vardy played the last 20 minutes of their midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool with a tight hamstring, a game in which right-back Ricardo Pereira (shin) and centre-half Caglar Soyuncu (hamstring) were both forced off with problems.

Full-back Timothy Castagne has returned to training having missed the trip to Anfield but may still not be ready, while winger Harvey Barnes and centre-half Jonny Evans (thigh) are still absent.

Additional stats

Player statistic

1st half
Kevin De Bruyne
(Assist: Fernandinho)
Goal 5'    
Riyad Mahrez Penalty 14'    
Ilkay Gündogan Goal 21'    
Raheem Sterling Penalty 25'    
    45' Yellow card Jannik Vestergaard
2nd half
    55' Goal James Maddison
(Assist: Kelechi Iheanacho)
    59' Goal Ademola Lookman
(Assist: Kelechi Iheanacho)
    65' Goal Kelechi Iheanacho
Aymeric Laporte
(Assist: Riyad Mahrez)
Goal 69'    
    75' Yellow card James Maddison
Raheem Sterling
(Assist: Rúben Dias)
Goal 87'    
Fernandinho Yellow card 90+1'    

Match statistic

71
Possession
29
17
Total shots
14
9
Shots on target
8
3
Shots off target
5
5
Blocked shots
1
14
Corners
4
2
Offsides
1
11
Fouls
9

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