The champions are in a terrible form and could certainly use some easier opponent than Guardiola’s City.
The Foxes haven’t tasted victory in over a month as they’ve last beaten Crystal Palace on the MD9. Since that game they’ve picked up only two points in five games and are currently sitting in the 15th place, two points above the relegation zone.
Leicester’s Champions League form was a lot better than the Premier League’s , but Porto trashed them 5-0 in the midweek. Despite Leicester Leicester resting some of the key players like Vardy, Mahrez, Albrighton, Huth and Fuchs, Premier League champions should do better against the third placed team of Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Manchester City lost derby against Chelsea in the last round. Not only that they lost a game, but they’ve also lost Sergio Aguero (4 games) and Fernandinho (3 games) due to unpleasant scenes at the end of the game.
The Citizens weren’t outplayed by Conte’s Chelsea, but Aguero and De Bruyne didn’t have concentration in front of Courtois, while Kolarov once again proved to be the weakest link in Guardiola’s chain as he barely troubled Willian and Hazard when they scored second and third goal of the game.
Like Leicester, Manchester City have also played a Champions League game in the midweek, but they failed to defeat Celtic with some players from the bench (Caballero, Adarabioyo, Maffeo, Fernando, Clichy) in the lineups. Good news from that game is that Kelechi Iheanacho kept his good goal-scoring form as the young Nigerian will have to step into Aguero’s shoes.
Head to Head
The Premier League 2015/16 clash between the two at the King Power Stadium was a goal-less draw, while Leicester thrashed City 3-1 in the return leg at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City haven’t lost an away game to Leicester in the Premier League, with their last top-flight league defeat in Leicester coming in March 1987
Claudio Ranieri has won seven of his eight Premier League games against Manchester City, with the only draw coming at the King Power Stadium last season.
Jamie Vardy has scored against 20 of the 23 different teams he’s faced in the Premier League, but Manchester City are one of the three opponents he’s yet to net against in the competition (4 apps, 0 goals), alongside Hull City & Middlesbrough.
Robert Huth scored twice for Leicester in their 3-1 win over Manchester City last season, in what was their first league win over the Citizens since November 2003.
In the last five Premier League matches that Sergio Aguero hasn’t appeared in for Manchester City, Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho has scored five goals.
This is Pep Guardiola’s lowest points tally after 14 games of a top-flight season as a manager (30); surpassing his 31-point tally after 14 MD’s of Barcelona’s 2011-12 La Liga campaign.
Casper Schmeichel is sidelined due to injury, while Danny Drinkwater completes three game suspension he got fir swinging an arm into Behrami’s face during Leicester’s 2-1 loss against Watford.
Besides Aguero and Fernandinho, Otamendi is also suspended as he picked up fifth booking against Chelsea, while Kompany is still injured.