Manchester City struggling with lengthy injury list ahead of Leicester clash
Manchester City have a lengthy list of absentees ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit of Leicester.
Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all injured and Nicolas Otamendi may also miss out due to a niggle.
Ilkay Gundogan is self-isolating after contracting coronavirus and Aymeric Laporte is doubtful having only returned to training last week following his positive Covid-19 test. A number of Academy players may make the squad.
Leicester will be without Wilfred Ndidi, who is set for surgery on an abductor injury.
Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans should return after recovering from a thigh problem and having completed his three-match suspension for being sent off against Manchester United at the end of last season.
Winger Cengiz Under is waiting for international clearance to be completed on a season-long loan from Roma. Demarai Gray has a stomach bug and full-back Ricardo Pereira continues his recovery from an ACL injury.
Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Steffen, Walker, Stones, Ake, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Mendy, Rodri, Fernandinho, Doyle, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Mahrez, Torres, Jesus, Delap, Nmecha, Palmer.
After kicking off their campaign with a confident 3-1 win over Wolves, Manchester City turn their attention to Leicester City as they host the Foxes at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s men have a good recent record over their upcoming opponents having won three straight head to head meetings. This is one of the reasons why City come into this game as the 2/7 favourites with PaddyPower.
Leicester, on the other hand, are currently priced at 9/1 with Betfair and they will be looking to defy the odds as they eye a third straight Premier League win.
Wins over West Brom and Burnley have seen the Foxes score a total of seven goals while conceding just two however, they have also faced a 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Leicester don’t have a spectacular record against the Citizens having only managed one win in nine previous meetings but, games between the two clubs are more often than not very close contests.
With that in mind, the recommendation is to back a Manchester City victory but not by a massive margin.
The correct score market offers a number of interesting opportunities however, our best bet sees a 2-1 victory for City at the current price of 13/2 with both Betfair and PaddyPower.
There is a 21.7% chance of a draw. In simulations where the game is not a draw Manchester City, at 63.1%, are heavy favorites to beat Leicester City who have a 15.3% chance. In simulation wins, Leicester City upsets Manchester City by averaging 7.1 shots and 3.3 shots on goal. They average 2.2 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.6 in simulation losses. Overall, the average simulation score is Manchester City 2.2 to Leicester City 1.0.
Riyad Mahrez’s brilliant opener proved in vain as Vardy’s hat-trick sealed a stunning victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Jamie Vardy grabbed a hat-trick as Leicester came from behind to power to the top of the Premier League with a stunning 5-2 win at Manchester City.
Riyad Mahrez gave City an early lead with a brilliant strike against his former club at the Etihad Stadium but Leicester turned the game around in dramatic style.
Vardy struck twice from the penalty spot, either side of a neat flicked finish before James Maddison scored a stunning fourth.
Nathan Ake pulled one back late on after Liam Delap hit the crossbar but Leicester were rampant and claimed a fifth with another penalty from Youri Tielemans.
It was a third successive win for the Foxes and condemned City boss Pep Guardiola to the heaviest defeat of his career in terms of goals conceded.
City were hampered by injuries and illness and, after Gabriel Jesus became their latest high-profile casualty in midweek, started without a recognised centre forward.
Initially that did not present a problem and the hosts dominated possession with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne operating as fluid false nines.
They grabbed the lead after just four minutes with Mahrez’s thunderous strike. James Justin failed to clear a De Bruyne corner and Mahrez rushed in to smash an unstoppable rising shot into the top corner.
City will wonder how they did not add to that lead as Leicester struggled to get the ball off them.
Yet for all their possession, City failed to create the clear-cut chances their dominance would normally yield.
De Bruyne did clip a fine free-kick into the area but Fernandinho’s header was straight at Kasper Schmeichel. Rodri did find the net from a repeat opportunity but his header was ruled out for offside.
City were made to pay for their failure to make possession count as Leicester burst into life with a rare break in the 37th minute.
Kyle Walker was caught out by the pace of Vardy and referee Michael Oliver had no hesitation in pointing to the spot as he hauled the striker down. Vardy made no mistake as he rifled home to make it 1-1 at half-time.
City started the second half brightly as Mahrez flashed a long-range shot wide and Guardiola decided to change the attacking shape by sending on 17-year-old striker Liam Delap, a debut goalscorer in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Yet it was the Foxes who grabbed the initiative from another flowing counter-attack.
Tielemans released Timothy Castagne with a fine ball down the right and his low cross was perfect for the onrushing Vardy, who flicked brilliantly over Ederson with his heel.
Things then quickly began to unravel for City as Harvey Barnes forced Ederson into a good save from distance.
Moments later City were 3-1 down and Vardy was celebrating his treble, again converting from the spot after being clipped by Eric Garcia.
It soon got worse for City as substitute James Maddison added another with a fine strike. Maddison was fed the ball 25 yards out and he looked up before curling a fine shot over Ederson and into the top corner.
City were not completely flattened as Delap headed against the bar and Ake pulled one back six minutes from time when he headed home from a corner.
But Leicester were not to be denied and they put gloss on the victory after being awarded a third spot-kick in the latter stages.
Again there was little doubt about the decision after Benjamin Mendy fouled Maddison.
Vardy had already left the field but Tielemans took responsibility to score his side’s fifth.