Friday, February 5, 2016

Leicester City vs Manchester City Premier League - 06-02-2016

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Manchester City vs Leicester City
Competition: English Premier League
Date: 06 February 2016 - Time: 12:45 GMT
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Man City team have gone seven matches without defeat in all competitions but enter this match on the back of a disappointing narrow win over Sunderland (0-1) in midweek. They have won 9 of their 12 league matches at Etihad and scored 33 times in the process. Indeed, only one team (Everton) have stopped the Citizens from scoring in their last 27 competitive games on home soil.
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Jesus Navas is ruled out with the leg muscle problem and could hand a recall to Raheem Sterling. Furthermore, the Chilean is without injured quartet Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Kevin de Bruyne while Kelechi Iheanacho could find himself dropping to the bench, then, with Sterling out wide and Yaya Toure potential shifted into the attacking midfield three. Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov are likely to replace Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy as full backs.
Leicester maintained their advantage at the top of the standings with an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool in midweek. Should Man City win, they will pull level with Leicester - but if Ranieri's unlikely frontrunners can snatch three points, they will finish the weekend at least five and possible six points clear at the top of the league.
Claudio Ranieri looks set to name an unchanged starting XI once again. Shinji Okazaki will be expected to provide support to lone striker Jamie Vardy in the 4-4-1-1 formation with Mahrez and Albrighton on the flanks. Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante will start in central midfield while Danny Simpson, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs are expected to continue at the back for the Foxes. Jeffrey Schlupp is the only sidelined player.
Manchester City have won four of the last five matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 success at the Etihad in the league last season while the sides shared the points with a 0-0 draw at the King Power in December. The Citizens have the best home record in the league so far, but no team has taken more points on the road than Leicester as they have lost just one of their 12 away matches thus far this term.

Probable lineups:
Manchester City: Hart – Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy – Fernando, Fernandinho – Sterling, Yaya Toure, Silva – Aguero.
Leicester City: Schmeichel – Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs – Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton – Okazaki, Vardy.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]



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