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PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Leicester City – 10/02/18

Manchester City vs Leicester City

Date: 10/02/18

K/O: 17:30pm

Venue: The Etihad

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

Pep Guardiola said this week that City have “run out of players”, but forward Gabriel Jesus is close to fitness after a month layoff and could return to the matchday squad for the visit of Leicester on Saturday.

Midfielder David Silva could also return as City look to return to winning ways. The Spaniard missed last Saturday’s draw with Burnley, but looks set to be named amongst the substitutes.

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Aymeric Laporte will be hopeful of a recall in the centre of defence, though Oleksandr Zinchenko may again be benched in favour of Danilo after an impressive goalscoring outing against the Clarets.

Leicester look set to be without enigmatic midfielder Riyad Mahrez once again, as the Algerian continues to sulk after failing to force through a January transfer.

The Foxes have failed to win either of their two matches since Mahrez submitted a transfer request, and Shinji Okazaki, Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell and Daniel Amartey all could return as Claude Puel searches for a winning formula without him.

Wes Morgan remains sidelined, but Leicester are at full strength otherwise.

This looks set to be a fascinating battle of patient possession against lightning counter attacking play.

City have spurned chances in all of their recent fixtures, including a glaring miss from Raheem Sterling which proved costly against Burnley. They cannot afford to be complacent against a lethal Leicester front line.

Jamie Vardy has been in excellent form this season; reminiscent of the Foxes title winning campaign two years ago, having bagged 12 league goals already so far. He will be quietly hopeful that City’s unconvincing defence will concede at least one good chance to him on Saturday.

Prediction: Manchester City 2 Leicester City 1

Written by Sam Hanys.

Sam Hanys

A miserable Ipswich Town fan.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 32 23 5 4 74
2 Manchester United 32 19 9 4 66
3 Leicester City 31 17 5 9 56
4 Chelsea 32 15 10 7 55
5 West Ham United 32 16 7 9 55
6 Liverpool 32 15 8 9 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 32 14 8 10 50
8 Everton 31 14 7 10 49
9 Arsenal 32 13 7 12 46
10 Leeds United 32 14 4 14 46
11 Aston Villa 30 13 5 12 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 11 8 13 41
13 Crystal Palace 31 10 8 13 38
14 Southampton 31 10 6 15 36
15 Newcastle United 32 9 8 15 35
16 Brighton & Hov… 32 7 13 12 34
17 Burnley 32 8 9 15 33
18 Fulham 33 5 12 16 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 5 9 17 24
20 Sheffield United 32 4 2 26 14

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