With 13 points ahead in the English Premier League season 2017/2018 and about to resume their participation in the Champions League, Manchester City hosts on Saturday, February 10, Leicester. The game, at Ethirad Stadium, is part of the schedule of the tournament’s twenty-sixth round and is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
The recent performance of Manchester City
Involved in the competition of four competitions and having chance to reach titles in all of them, Manchester City has found many problems due to the bruises in the second half of the season. That made coach Pepe Guardiola not even able to fully fill his reserve bench. It involved only six athletes for the match of the twenty-fifth round against Burnley.
This limited his work. He made just one substitution and then saw the team come out ahead with a goal in the first half, had to settle for the draw by suffering a goal in the 37 minutes of the final stage. The 1 to 1 was not a disaster. It did not shake the situation of the Premier League team. With 69 points (22 wins, three draws and one defeat), the City is clear at the front. Instead of 15 points ahead in the comparison with Manchester United, has 13.
Having a more important game scheduled for next Tuesday, February 13, against Basel in Switzerland, this may influence Guardiola in the lineup for Saturday’s match. After all, defenders Benjamin Mendy (four matches in English 2017/2018, without a goal) and John Stones (16 matches, without a goal) still follow in the ward; Fabian Delph (16 matches, one goal), Phil Foden (one match, no goal), Leroy Sane (22 matches, seven goals) and David Silva (21 matches, five goals); and striker Gabriel Jesus (18 games, eight goals).
The current form of Leicester
Leicester also has a serious problem for the match. He does not know if he can count on one of his most important players, precisely because of City. Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahez (24 games in the English Premier League 2017/2018 eight goals) was coveted by the Manchester team, who made an offer of £ 60m during the January transfer window.
Asking around £ 80 million, the Leicester did not lower the price leaving the athlete, who wanted the transfer, disgusted. Mahez, annoyed, was out of the match of the previous round against Swansea (tie by 1 to 1). Now, it is not known whether coach Claude Puel will relate him to the game this Saturday.
Not the only doubt for the match. They are in the medical department and must pass a new examination to determine if they can play defender Wes Morgan (22 games, no goal) and striker Shinji Okazaki (23 games, six goals).
Leicester are in eighth place in the English Championship. He has 35 points (nine wins, eight draws and nine losses).
History of the clashes between Manchester City and Leicester
The teams have already met twice in the current season. For the English Premier League, City won 2-0. In the League Cup of England, there was a 1-1 draw. But the Manchester Blues ended up advancing in the tournament by getting the better of the penalty shootout.
Developing a spectacular season, Manchester City shows signs of a drop in income in the face of a huge number of appointments and many contusions in the cast. Although it works at home and is technically superior, this opens up the possibility of a higher risk guess before a Leicester more rested, although with problems.
Successful visitor team opens the opportunity to multiply by 13.00 of the amount invested in Bet365. City win is 1.20. Draw pays 6.50. Quotes were in effect at 14:48 on 8/2/2018.