Preview - Manchester City vs Leicester City Feb 11 2018

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Feb 09, 2018, 08:15 AM Last Edit: Feb 10, 2018, 01:20 AM by Harry85
Match Day 27
Manchester City vs. Leicester City
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
01:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 2.8
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (17)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: D L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (12)

Champions elect Manchester City return to their home fortress of the Etihad Stadium this weekend following last weekend disappointing draw at Burnley. Leicester City are the visitors as they look to rediscover the excellent form they produced immediately following the appointment of Claude Puel as manager. A potent attacking team on their day, the 2016 Champions have enough quality in their ranks to at least give City a game if on song.
 
Leicester do however look set to be without their most influential player once again as Riyad Mahrez struggles to recover his focus having seen his projected move to today's opposition fail to materialise. It's probably best to leave the Algerian on the side-lines whilst his head isn't in the game, but with eight goals and seven assists to his name this season, he is a tough player to replace. Even without him though, the Foxes possess plenty of pace in the side and look likely to at least grab a goal.

Manchester City's form may have dipped a little since their phenomenal 18 match winning streak in the league, but they still remain the standout side in the Premier League by some margin. Recent draws against Burnley and Crystal Palace and a defeat at the hands of Liverpool may not be quite up their usual high standards, but hardly represent a reason to panic and they should have way too many guns for a seemingly disoriented Leicester side.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-1 Leicester City

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 5 - 1
Shots: 19 - 2
Shots on target: 11 - 2
Corner Kicks:  8 - 2
Possession: 70% - 30%

Ilkay Guengodan and debutante Aymeric Laporte were booked for Man City. Onyinye Ndidi, Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire all saw yellow for Leicester.

An utterly dominant home display from Manchester City who bounced right back to their brilliant best following a couple of sub-par performances of late.

City certainly flew out of the traps here with Raheem Sterling turning in an excellent Kevin De Bruyne cross in just the third minute. It looked like being a long afternoon for Leicester City from that moment, and whilst that did ultimately prove to be the case, the Foxes did get back into the game when Jamie Vardy continued his excellent record against the big sides with an equaliser in the 24th minute. The rest of the first half was all Man City but against the odds Leicester did make it into the break on level terms.

The second half was simply the Sergio Agüero show as the little Argentine ran riot. Having taken just three minutes to score at the start of the game, Pep Guardiola's men repeated the trick in the second half when the brilliant De Bruyne teed up Agüero in the box. The same combo linked up once again just five minutes later with the Citizens top scorer once again finishing with aplomb.

It was simply a question of how many the home side would score headed into the final quarter of the game, and Agüero soon landed his hat-trick when rifling home in the 77th minute.

City still weren't quite done with yet though and it was that man Agüero who made it four for himself and five for City when firing high past the keeper in the 90th minute.

With Manchester yet to play, City extended their lead at the top to an unassailable 16 points. Leicester remain comfortable in eighth.

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