Kick-off: 1730, 22/02/2020
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester City look in a defiant mood following recent off-field problems and are fancied to cement second place in the Premier League by winning at Leicester.
The Foxes have faltered a touch of late, picking up just one victory in their last five top-flight fixtures to slip four points behind the Blues.
We like 6/5 for Pep Guardiola’s side to prevail and over 2.5 goals in the game for our initial Leicester vs Man City prediction.
That bet would have been comfortably landed when City obliged 3-1 when these teams met at Etihad Stadium just before Christmas.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester looked a touch fortunate to draw 0-0 at Wolves last time out, with Willy Boly’s first-half header disallowed after VAR ruled Pedro Neto was millimetres offside in the build-up.
Raul Jimenez had a couple of good chances to break the deadlock, while Kasper Schmeichel had to thwart Adama Traore’s injury-time effort.
However, Brendan Rodgers was relatively content with the result, having seen Hamza Choudhury sent off with 14 minutes left on the clock.
“It was a good game considering it was 0-0,” commented Rodgers. “For us to keep a clean sheet and get through it in the end was very pleasing.”
The Foxes will be concerned at 17-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy having netted just once in his last 11 games, but he does have a good record versus the Citizens, striking six times in eight meetings.
It should also be remembered that Leicester have won two of the last three renewals of this fixture at King Power Stadium, so it will be a surprise if they are not competitive.
We still favour the visitors, though, so 9/5 for an away win and both teams to score appeals from the Leicester vs Man City odds.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Choudhury, Vardy, Perez.
Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will not be ready due to a knee problem, while fellow midfielder Choudhury is suspended.
Recent loan signing Ryan Bennett and Matty James will both come into the reckoning, but Nampalys Mendy (knee) is still out.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Manchester City put a proposed European ban behind them when strolling to a 2-0 triumph over West Ham in midweek, with Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne on target.
The Blues had 77 per cent of possession at Etihad Stadium and didn’t allow a single shot on target in a totally dominant display.
It was a much-needed result in the context not only of the week City have had, but also defeats suffered against neighbours United and Tottenham before the winter break.
“After the winter break, after 12 days, after what has happened, it’s always a question how we are going to react, but the team is incredible,” Guardiola said.
Speculation over the future of Guardiola and many of the club’s star players has naturally arisen, but the Catalan said he and his squad want to fight for the club and their supporters.
“When someone believes he is right, he is going to fight to the end and that is what we are going to do,” Guardiola added.
“It is an incredible thing to fight for our people who support this club and we are going to do it. As a club, a team, we are going to do it.”
Recent stats suggest that this should be a tight tussle early on, but we’re backing the Blues to come good in the end.
Let’s finish off our Leicester vs Man City betting tips by taking 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and then the visitors to prevail over the second period.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Rodri, De Bruyne, B Silva, D Silva, Jesus, Aguero.
Raheem Sterling will play no part following a hamstring strain, David Silva is also out with a slight knee problem, but Oleksandr Zinchenko is available after suspension.
Wolves 0-0 LEICESTER
MAN CITY 2-0 West Ham – Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne
Head-to-head: Man City 3-1 Leicester, Man City 1-0 Leicester, Leicester 2-1 Man City, Leicester 1-1 Man City, Man City 5-1 Leicester
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