Manchester City vs Leicester City predictions and betting
Manchester City taken on Leicester City at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.
Brendan Rodger's Leicester City, dispatched the West Brom team quite comfortably beat Burnley over the weekend. After that they will face Arsenal and City in 7 days in EFL and Premier League respectively. The City are looking to grab the top spot with Leicester trying to replicate their 2016/17 performance.
Manchester City vs Leicester City Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
No major changes in odds over the last one week
Bet365, Manchester City: 1/3, Leicester City: 13/2
Smarkets: Manchester City: 73%, Leicester City: 10%
Manchester City vs Leicester City predictions and betting : Team News
Pep Guardiola will be without key players Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo are all ruled out through injury.
Harvey Barnes could be a big X-factor versus Manchester City today
Phil Foden helped City beat Bournemouth on Thursday in the league cup
Ilkay Gundogan continues to remain in isolation having tested positive for COVID
Jonny evans will be available for the match against Manchester City today
Ricardo Pereira is unlikely to return before early next month
Manchester City vs Leicester City predictions and betting: Recent form
The City are back to action after a little more than a month break with sufficient rest and all energy to get back to business. On the other hand, Leicester City have been busy playing international friendlies and have almost found their perfect eleven that can take on any opponent.
Manchester City failed to win back-to-back premier leagues by settling for the second spot. On the other hand, they had a huge opportunity in the Champions League when they beat the mighty Real Madrid in the Round of 16 but lost to an underdog Lyon in what must be their worst performance of that season.
Manchester City beat the Wolves 3-1 in the opening game of the season while narrowly beating Bournemouth 2-1, two days ago. Leicester City on the other hand beat West Brom 3-0 in the first game and Burnley 4-2 in the last game. However, they lost to Arsenal 0-2 in the EFL game on Thursday.
Manchester City vs Leicester City predictions and betting: Offensive and Defensive stats
The City are expected to go with either a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-2-1 for this game whereas Leicester will try a 4-1-4-1 combination so that they have enough people on the backlines to prevent the City attack.
Looking at the Leicester forward and attack, it seems that Jamie Vardy has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to take his side home. He has been an excellent striker at the front lines and netted on two occasions in the last against West Brom.
Despite low numbers in passes, he is a reliable candidate when it comes to converting chances who has two shots per game.
He will be accompanied by Tielemans and Praet at the frontlines who have what it takes but will have to perform under pressure. Tielemans record is astonishing with one shot per game, 3.5 dribbles per game and scored their first ever goal of this season.
For Manchester City the trio of Sterling, Aguero and Mahrez can rattle even the best of the teams. The left-winger Sterling had 39 goals in the last season with close to 83.6% success in passes, two shots and six dribbles per game.
Aguero was one of the best despite constant injuries in the last season with 23 goals and 4 assists in 2000 minutes for the club.
Riyad Mahrez will have to assume more responsibility despite netting on 13 occasions and assisted on 16 occasions. Overall, the City attack is miles ahead when compared to that of Leicester.
The defense looks a little more sorted than that of the attack for Leicester. Wilfred Ndidi will have to lead from the front along with Castagne and Soyuncu alongside him. Ndidi has 88.2% pass success along with 2 tackles per game, 2 interceptions per game and four clears per game which makes him a perfect match for center back.
On the other hand, someone like Castagne who can defend and counter attack will play a key role in this squad. Apart from his goal in the first match, he has 78.2% pass success, 1.5 tackles per match and 3 clears per match which can unsettle even the best attack.
Manchester City’s defense is most probably getting back to its 2018 levels with Laporte getting back to the squad. He will be supported by Kyle Walker and new joinee Nathan Ake at the left back.
Kyle Walker had an off-season last time around but is expected to return to his best. In the recent games, he had 88.9% success in passes along with a tackle per match. But he is someone who doesn’t back out in a pressure environment.
The new signee Nathan Ake, from Bournemouth also has stacked up some good number with more than 83.3% pass success and is extremely skillful in air with 2.5 aerials won per game as well as 2.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions per game.
Manchester City vs Leicester City predictions and betting analysis: Head-to-head
Once again, there are two phases for Leicester City: One before 2016 and one after that where they haven’t looked back. Even though they haven’t been able to play at that level they have often been a brute force to deal with. The City with all its mighty players might just want to keep themselves on a winning spree going into this contest.
The head-to-head is not the most accurate way to measure how the teams fare in the upcoming match but it is a metric to get an insight about the history between them.
The two teams have met on 23 occasions with City having an impeccable record of 12 wins with the Leicester based team has managed just 5 wins and the other games ending in stalemate.
Looking at their last five matches, the City has again dominated with 4 wins with their last defeat coming way back in 2018 December which also means that Leicester will be desperate to break this streak.
Manchester City vs Leicester City Soccer predictions and betting Tips
According to FCTables, City are the clear choice with Leicester only given an outside chance. They have gone on to tell that City have 71% chance to win whereas the away team has a mere 11% chance with draw having better chance of 16%.
Sofascore have also heavily backed City all the way to score a comfortable victory. They have given the hosts the odds of 1.28 while the visitors have odds of 9.00 which means that it will be considered an upset if Leicester can manage to pull-off a victory.
According to Oddschecker, which accumulates odds from different websites has also favored Man City. They have the best odds of 10/29 to City, 9/1 to Leicester and 53/10 to a drawn encounter.
With injuries plaguing Manchester City and Leicester looking in great form, this match is likely to be way closer than what betting markets are predicting.