Leicester vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium (Leicester).
The runner-up spot is at stake as these two take the pitch. A nail-biting encounter is surely on the cards as both teams teams will go at each other with full might.
However, considering the overall domination of City in the last two years, and the way they dictated proceedings in the reverse fixture – the upper hand goes to Manchester City.
Leicester were held to a goalless draw on the road by Wolves the previous match-day.
While credit goes to the Foxes for securing a point in spite of being on the road and playing with ten men on the pitch, it was their third winless game in a row, and the sixth from the prior eight attempts.
After the terrific form Leicester were in this season, the team is now finding it hard to maintain their level at the top. And to pile on it, they are now supposed to take on the hurt defending champions, Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s men faced a tough defeat on the road the prior game week, against the Spurs. The scoreline was 2-0 in favor of the hosts, and the loss was particularly hard for the Spanish gaffer.
The reason being, the defeat had come against his arch-rival Jose Mourinho. Suffice it to say, Pep is hurt, and coupling with the show Liverpool have been putting on, Guardiola must be close to going insane.
And as is known, it’s never a good idea to take on a frustrated Pep Guardiola, and his boys.
Leicester vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)
- Five of the former six wins were recorded by the Citizens.
- Eight of the last ten games had goals from both teams.
- Since 2001, only twice have the hosts won at this venue.
- Nine of the previous twelve encounters at this ground had goals from both teams.
Leicester vs Manchester City Prediction
City are the two-time defending champions of the competition, and they are currently in possession of the three major titles in England – the only team to do so in English history.
They are also placed above the Foxes in the league table, despite playing a game fewer, and have scored the most number of goals of all the teams in the contest.
Going on, the Citizens had also won 11 of their prior 15 overall fixtures, and 18 of their last 25 at home.
Most importantly, they had also won the reverse fixture 3-1, and had clearly dominated Leicester all through that game.
On the other hand, the Foxes have a total of two wins from their past eight overall match-ups, and two from their last seven home matches.
City had recorded ten of the past thirteen h2h wins, and have lost at this venue just twice in the prior two decades.
Finally, only once since 2000 have the Manchester outfit failed to score at this stadium. Considering all these findings, expect a winning performance from Manchester City.
In terms of goals though, Leicester should get involved in the party. They have been one of the best teams in the competition this season, and also were champions three seasons prior.
In addition, the Foxes have scored the third-most number of goals in the contest, and have failed to score just once in the last 14 match-ups. And this game was against Liverpool.
Furthermore, City had failed to keep clean sheets in 10 of their prior 12 overall games on the road, and in 16 of their preceding 20 overall fixtures.
Taking these observations into account, it’s adjudged that goals could be expected from both teams this weekend.
Leicester vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Manchester City to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).