Preview - Leicester City vs Manchester City 22 February 20

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Match Day 27
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
Sunday, February 23rd 2020
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L L W D D
Average goals per match: 2.08
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (17)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 2.58
Average goals against per match: 1.12
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (16)

It's second plays third on Match Day 27 in the Premier League, as Manchester City make the trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City. Ordinarily second versus third would have some bearing on the title race, but with Liverpool away and gone, the only impact this may have is upon determining who finishes second to the rampant Reds. Four points behind Man City headed into the game, Leicester will be looking to close the gap here.

Man City picked up the points courtesy of a 3-1 success in the reverse of this fixture. Leicester came away with a 2-1 win in the game here last season.

Nampalys Mendy, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are all out injured for the home side whilst Hamza Choudhury is suspended. Raheem Sterling is the only confirmed absentee for Man City.

Leicester's form has undoubtedly tailed off a little following that stellar start to the season, and that has certainly been reflected in their results at home. Following a run of seven successive wins here, they now head into this having won only one of their last five in front of their own fans.

City haven't been perfect on the road, but in winning eight of 13 they are still the second best away side in the country. They were disappointing in a 2-0 loss at Spurs in their most recent away fixture and will be looking to bounce back in this one. They have scored two or more in ten of 13 on the road.

City are still creating enough chances that we fancy them to bag their usual two goals, but Leicester may well have enough to keep pace. Score draw.

Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 2 Manchester City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 10 - 18
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks:  3 - 7
Possession: 32% - 68%

No bookings at the King Power Stadium, as referee Paul Tierney kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

A narrow but deserved success for Man City, who for the second time this season showed that - whilst undoubtedly a markedly improved side - Leicester aren't quite at their level yet. Well on top in terms of possession, total shots and shots on target, Pep Guardiola's men did leave it late in the end, but would have been unfortunate had they not picked up all three points.

It could well have been different though - Leicester having a huge opportunity to take the lead early when Jamie Vardy was played clean through but could only direct his effort against the post.

Leicester were then perhaps a little unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when a James Maddison free kick appeared to strike the arm of Kevin De Bruyne. Goalless at the interval.

City started much the brighter after the break - Kevin De Bruyne forcing an excellent one-handed stop from Kasper Schmeichel, before they were then handed the opportunity to take the lead in the 61st minute. Dennis Praet blocking an Ilkay Gundogan effort with his arm, and the referee pointing to the spot upon consultation with VAR. Sergio Agüero fired low but only slightly to the left, and Schmeichel went the right way to make the save.

The champions then did win it ten minutes from time. Riyad Mahrez slipping in Gabriel Jesus with a "no-look" pass. Jesus keeping his composure in the right of the area to finish into the bottom right from seven yards or so. 1-0 final score.

No change for either side in the standings, with Manchester City remaining in second and Leicester City in third, but the gap between the teams now grows to seven points. Man City move to within nineteen points in their vain chase of Liverpool. Leicester are still ten points clear of Spurs in the race for the top four.

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