Premier League Betting Preview: Leicester City v Manchester City

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Updated Saturday 10th December 2016, 09:49 PM


Saturday’s late game sees Premier League champions Leicester City host Manchester City with both sides in need of a win following a week of disappointing results, both domestically and in the Champions League. The Foxes sit just two points clear of the relegation zone, while the Citizens find themselves four points off the pace in the race for the title. Expect an action-packed match at the King Power Stadium as both teams fight it out for valuable three points.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Man City 3/4, Draw 3/1, Leicester City 19/5 - BetVictor
  • First Goalscorer: Kelechi Iheanacho (MCI) 9/2, Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) 11/2, Nolito (MCI) 6/1 - Sky Bet
  • Half Time/Full Time: Man City/Man City 13/8, Draw/Man City 15/4 Draw/Draw 11/2 - Bet365

Form

  • Leicester City enjoyed a fairytale 2015/16 season, however, their title defence is becoming something of a nightmare. Claudio Ranieri’s men have recorded just two victories in their last ten Premier League games, a rotten run that has left the Foxes hovering precariously above the drop zone. The Premier League champions have slumped to 2-1 defeats in three of their last four games, including a humiliating reverse to relegation fodder Sunderland. Leicester have been a lot more confident in the Champions League, reaching the last 16 of the competition, but a 5-0 defeat to Porto on Wednesday night could dampen spirits at the King Power.
  • Manchester City’s six game unbeaten run in the league came to a dramatic end with last week’s defeat to Chelsea. Pep Guardiola’s team were a goal to the good before a second half turnaround saw the Blues leave the Etihad with maximum points following a 3-1 win. City also ended the game with nine men following the dismissal of Fernandinho and top scorer Sergio Aguero, both of whom will be suspended for this match. Prior to this costly blow, City had been basking in the glory of three wins in four league games, form which had seen odds on them lifting their third title in six years shorten. In the Champions League, City were held to a 1-1 with Celtic in midweek, but expect a much changed side ahead of Saturday’s fixture. (Both teams were in a group with Borussia Monchengladbach)  

Sports.net’s View

Leicester City appear to be stuck in a Premier League rut following their poor start to the campaign. The King Power faithful, who were treated to arguably the greatest season in the club’s 132-year history, have started to vent their frustration at their side’s dismal form. The bookmakers are predicting another disappointing outcome for Ranieri’s side this weekend, however, if the Foxes can recapture the spirit that saw them take four points from Man City last term, a positive result is far from impossible. The home side are 19/5 with BetVictor to secure victory, but a score draw certainly looks more tempting at 4/1, particularly given both sides’ inability to keep clean sheets.      

Sergio Aguero’s dismissal for a horrific challenge on Chelsea’s David Luiz has landed the Argentine goal-getter a four-match ban, meaning Manchester City will be forced to rely on the firepower of Kelechi Iheanacho and Nolito. The pair have ten goals between them in all competitions this season, stats that Guardiola will be hoping both players can improve upon at the King Power. Iheanacho is well priced at 9/2 with Sky Bet to open the scoring, while a goal at any time for the young Nigerian in an away win does look tempting at 19/10 with William Hill. Meanwhile, strike partner Nolito will go in search of his first goal since mid-October, following a dry spell. The Spaniard is an 8/1 shout to net the final goal in a win for the Citizens.       

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Iheanacho to score anytime and Man City to win - 19/10 with William Hill


*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2016 09:49:35+00:00
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