Manchester City vs Leicester City
English Premier League
Date: 21 December 2019, Saturday
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
With Liverpool away at Club World Cup, Manchester City and Leicester City lock horns in an all important fixture to close the gap on the current league leaders.
The Foxes sit at second on the log, 10 points behind Klopp’s team and with a 4 points lead over their Saturday’s host.
Manchester City vs Leicester City: Head-to-head
The Citizens have the upper hand in h2h fixtures with 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 10 Premier League games since Leicester earned promotion back to top flght.
The corresponding fixture at the Etihad stadium last season was a 1-0 win for the hosts, courtesy of a late strike from Vincent Kompany.
City are on a three match winning run at home against the Foxes.
Leicester managed to score at least once in 3 of their last 4 visits to the Etihad stadium.
Manchester City vs Leicester City: Match Preview
Hot and cold this season, City bounced back from 1-2 home defeat to Manchester United with a 3-0 win against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium last week.
The Citizens lost 4 and drew 2 from their 17 games so far, the numbers equaling the draws and losses they suffered in the whole of title winning 2018/19 season.
Pep’s men lost 2 of their 8 home games this season, 1-2 against cross-city rivals two weeks ago and 0-2 against Wolves back in October.
Leciester are unbeaten in their last 9 Premier League games, but saw their 8 match winning steak came to an end last week with an uninspiring 1-1 draw against relegation candidates Norwich City.
Leicester’s two Premier League defeats this season came away from home, 0-1 v United and 1-2 v Liverpool.
City and Leicester are ranked first and third in goal-scoring charts; 87 goals from the 34 games combined.
Jamie Vardy come into this match as league’s top scorer with 16 goals to his name, only 2 less than the combined goals managed by City’s joined top scorers Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
Manchester City vs Leicester City: Prediction
There is little to choose between the two teams at this point of the season despite Manchester City have the abundance of world class players. The bookies mark Pep’s men as heavy favourites, but we consider this as a risky punt. The reason being, this is a team that failed to bring their A-game to the Etihad time and time this season.
Leicester are one of the best away sides in the league and they are coming on the back of a 9 match unbeaten run across all venues. They will be highly motivated when going against a team like City, however chances of an upset is highly unlikely.
Punters must look into the goal market for this game, with City averaging 2.7 goals per game, while their visitors boast 2.3 goals per game. This easily put both teams to score priced at 1.60 odd as our top pick, also a good choice for system bets. If you are still not making using of these, take a look at what is a Yankee Bet ?
Now, another reason for writing off City as favourites is the fact that they were quite sloppy in the first 45 minutes of games. Six of their 8 home games this season saw at least 2 goals in first half, conceding leads in the most recent three at the Etihad. Therefore, brave punters must take a shot at Over 1.5 first half goals for small stakes.
Manchester City vs Leicester City Betting Tips
Best Bet for Manchester City vs Leictester City – Both teams to Score priced at 3/5 (1.60).
Brave Punters must take a shot at Over 1.5 first half goals at 11/10 (2.10).
Anytime goal scorer: Jamie Vardy @ 13/8 (2.62)
Correct Score Prediction: 2-2 @ 18/1 (19.00).