Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Sunday sees a fascinating match between Manchester City and Leicester City. Both clubs have made positive starts to their Premier League campaigns with 100% winning records. Man City will be hoping to make amends for last season’s inconsistent form, while Leicester will hope to redress their fall from a Champions League position in the last campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s team are always a force to be reckoned with, but the side have real injury concerns. Brendan Rodgers’ side has a great new player in the form of Timothy Castagne. Take a look at our betting tips and make your predictions on what promises to be a thrilling game.
Manchester City’s only Premier League game so far saw them beat Wolves 3-1. City were dominant in the first half with a typically excellent performance from Kevin De Bruyne. Plus Phil Foden managed to make amends for his embarrassments off the pitch by getting a first half goal.
However, there are still many important injuries at Man City. Sergio Aguero could be out of action for a further two months. Plus Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan have both tested positive for Covid-19. Further injuries to the likes of Bernado Silva could mean that Pep Guardiola’s team may not be at full strength on Sunday.
Leicester City are currently at the top of the Premier League table after their two wins against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley. Jamie Vardy has picked up where he left off last season by grabbing two goals, while Harvey Barnes was in excellent form in a well-fought win over Burnley.
All eyes will be on Timothy Castagne who is looking like an excellent full-back. But it will be the return of James Maddison that will be critical to Leicester’s chances against a team like Man City. The star underwent hip surgery in July, but he is reported to be back training with Brendan Rodger’s team.
There have been 120 games between Manchester City and Leicester City. Man City have been the dominant team over the years with 61 wins compared to just 30 for Leicester. There have been 29 draws since the two teams started competing way back in 1895.
Manchester City have won their last three games against Leicester City. The last time that these two teams met was in the Premier League in February. This saw Pep Guardiola’s team getting a slender 1-0 away win. Gabriel Jesus got the three points after a late strike in the 80th minute. It was a keenly fought game where Man City showed plenty of resolve against a spirited Leicester attack that saw Jamie Vardy hitting the post in the first half.
This followed on from Manchester City’s thrilling 3-1 home win against Leicester in December 2019. Leicester had taken the lead through Jamie Vardy’s stunning breakaway goal. But Kevin de Bruyne guided Man City to an excellent comeback courtesy of goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.
Man City’s 1-0 home win over Leicester City in May 2019 saw Vincent Kompany delivering what was possibly the goal of the season. It was this win that all but ensured that they would retain the Premier League title that year.
Leicester’s last win over Manchester City came at home on Boxing Day in 2018. This saw the Foxes emerge 2-1 victors thanks to a late strike from Ricardo Pereira. Man City had scored the first goal, with Leicester’s Marc Albrighton swiftly equalising. There hasn’t been a goalless draw between Manchester City and Leicester City since December 2015.
Leicester suffered from a sudden lack of form towards the end of last season. This meant that the team slipped out of the Champions League spots despite having been in second place for much of the season. Manchester City leapfrogged Leicester to claim the runner up spot behind Liverpool. While this is just Man City’s second game of the season, it’s already shaping up to be a pivotal match in the club’s Premier League campaign.
Although Leicester will always pose a threat, it’s hard not to see Manchester City winning this game. Pep Guardiola’s team are desperate for success after last season’s disappointment, and we can imagine that this will be a bruising encounter for the Foxes.
A straightforward match winner bet for Man City won’t get you much in the way of returns. So we’ll recommend that you check out Paddy Power’s odds of 4.00 for Manchester City to win by two goals. After all, Jamie Vardy is more than capable of scoring, but Leicester won’t be able to withstand the powerful Man City attack.