Manchester City returned to Premier League action on Wednesday winning their first match after being imposed the massive ban from UEFA. A match they won without much fuss and we doubt they have a similarly easy ride against Leicester City.
Leicester City needs to win this game to maintain their hopes of a second-place finish in the Premier League. If that is indeed their aim. Before the season, they would have gladly accepted to be in this position at this time of the season. After all, it is only a matter of numbers finishing below first place as long as a qualification to Champions League is guaranteed.
This particular feat will still have Leicester fighting. As of right now, Manchester City doesn’t know whether they are “in” or “out” next season and what effect does that have on the players? None of them believes they can catch Liverpool and now suddenly Champions League participation looks to be a no-go.
Leicester is still 11 points clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United, so a return to the Champions League is looking good. The Foxes have struggled when playing the very best teams in the Premier League. The reverse fixture saw them lose 3-1 at the Etihad which was swiftly followed by a 4-0 home drubbing by Liverpool.
In both matches, they were so thoroughly outplayed that any dreams of another sensational title-run were shattered to pieces. Finishing in the top four will still be a massive achievement to the club and manager Brendan Rodgers.
Home form has been a bit shady lately with only two wins in their last seven at King Power Stadium. Those wins coming against West Ham and Wigan while they also surprisingly went out in the semifinals in the EFL Cup.
4 ou of 6 for Pep
Pep Guardiola’s team have four wins out of six on their travels. They do tend to have some costly slip-ups such as losses to Wolves (twice) and Norwich City. With doubts over what can make City tick at the moment, a bet on both teams scoring looks the safest way to try and make a profit.
It would have paid out in Leicester’s four recent home matches and they have plenty of weapons to rattle the often too generous Manchester City defence.
They have a hefty midweek match against Real Madrid coming up though which could be their main focus. With Leicester having a score to settle from the reverse encounter can one rule out an upset here? The Foxes won their latest home match against City. Why not have a small punt on a repeat of that achievement? Find great betting tips below and make the weekend more fun.