- Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester
- Saturday: February 22nd, 17:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
There was an air of defiance at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening as fans, management and players reacted to the two-year ban for Manchester City from European competition. A routine 2-0 win against West Ham was earned as City moved four points clear of third-placed team Leicester in the Premier League table, and they will hope to extend that lead on Saturday. For their part, Leicester will have the advantage of normally boisterous home support and they will be aware of beating their visitors in the corresponding fixture last term. Can the Foxes reproduce the form of that day?
Since winning seven successive Premier League matches on home soil from late August onwards, Leicester have been less consistent at the King Power Stadium, having registered a 4-1 victory against West Ham as their only league victory at the venue from mid-December onwards. The recent indifferent form of the Foxes has coincided with the goal drought suffered by leading striker Jamie Vardy who has yet to find the net this year. However, Liverpool and Southampton are the only visiting teams to win at Leicester this season with Arsenal and Tottenham among the losing teams.
Manchester City will arrive in Leicester, having returned to winning ways in midweek after losing two successive competitive matches at Spurs and on home soil against Manchester United. City had won three consecutive games on the road prior to that loss at Tottenham, but they can be vulnerable on their travels as proved by defeats at Norwich, Liverpool and Wolves where three goals were conceded per match. Yet with a Champions League game at Real Madrid looming on Wednesday evening, will Pep Guardiola be more focussed on that game rather than domestic issues?
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Nampalys Mendy (knee), Daniel Amartey (ankle) and Matthew James (achilles) are unavailable for Leicester while Hamza Choudhury is suspended and Ryan Bennett is unable to face his parent club. There is hope that Wilfred Ndidi (knee) could return for this game.
Leroy Sane (knee) remains sidelined for Manchester City, while Raheem Sterling (hamstring) will also not feature. Oleksandr Zinchenko has served a suspension and will be available for selection.
Although the recent form of Leicester has not been as impressive as when they were very productive during mid-Autumn, they can still a stubborn team,, especially at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool were the first visiting team to win at the venue this season when winning 4-0 on Boxing Day and despite registering only two clean sheets this year in league action, just two Premier League defeats have been suffered by the Foxes since that heavy loss. Manchester City will hope to emulate the performance of Liverpool but while they will still be aiming to finish second in the league table, their motivation for collecting trophies may now be directed elsewhere. Therefore, it may be a good idea to select a Draw priced at 16/5 with Bet365, as a good bet.
A second pick is for Jamie Vardy to Score Anytime offered at 11/10 by Bet365. Although the Leicester striker still leads the Premier League goal-scoring charts with 17 strikes this term, his failure to find the net during 2020 will be a concern for both club and player. Vardy last scored when Leicester were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City prior to the festive period in December. Although the forward was beset by injury during part of January, he has failed to score in his last eight appearances for the Foxes. Could his goal drought end with another goal against City?
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