Leicester City head into this Premier League clash with Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day on the back of an impressive victory over Chelsea at the weekend. The Foxes mounted the classic smash and grab raid at Stamford Bridge, scoring on the break via Jamie Vardy despite the Londoners dominating the game.
Manchester City, in contrast, suffered their second league defeat of the campaign on Saturday at home to Crystal Palace. Pep Guardiola’s team were beaten 3-2 at the Etihad by Roy Hodgson’s men, in one of the most surprising results of the season so far. City have now lost two of their last three Premier League games, a stat which is worth noting. Leicester have only been beaten twice in the last nine matches.
Leicester City vs Manchester City Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Man City
Our prediction for this game is that it will end in a 1-1 draw. Manchester City have floundered a little in the league in recent weeks, and also struggled to beat the home side in the Carabao Cup last week, needing penalties. The busy Christmas period can make it tricky to resolve issues in a team, and we suspect that the Mancunians might find this game a challenge. We think that Leicester will go into a first-half lead, before the visitors equalise in the second half. It should be an entertaining game too.
Our recommended tip: Draw, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway. They are offering odds of 5/1 on the match being a draw and both teams scoring, which matches our prediction of 1-1 perfectly. While Manchester City have been the Premier League’s top side so far in 2018/19, their grip is slipping a little, with two defeats in their last three games. Liverpool are looking like strong rivals in the race for the title. We suspect that they will endure a frustrating afternoon in the East Midlands on Boxing Day, and will have to make do with a point.
These two teams played each just last week, in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. The game, also at the King Power Stadium, ended in a 1-1 draw. Kevin De Bruyne had put Manchester City into a first-half lead, before Marc Albrighton equalised in the second half. Manchester City went on to win the match on penalties.
Last season, the teams played each other twice in the Premier League. Manchester City came on top in both games. The first was at the King Power Stadium in November 2017, and was won 2-0 by the Mancunian club. The second meeting was the Etihad Stadium in February earlier this year. Guardiola’s men ran out as emphatic 5-1 winners.
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Players to watch: Ricardo Pereira & Leroy Sane
If Leicester are to get anything from this game, they will need to show resolve and be prepared to put some hard work into the dirty jobs, like tackling. Portuguese right back Ricardo is a key man when it comes to stopping the opposition. He leads the charts in tackling this season for the Foxes, having made 62 tackles at a success rate of 56%. He has also made 30 interceptions and 47 clearances.
Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has provided seven assists for his team-mates in the Premier League this season, more than any other City player. The German forward has also weighed in with six goals in his 16 league appearances in 2018/19, highlighting the all-round threat he poses to opposition defences. He has made 32 shots on goal this season, 14 of which have been on target. He has also struck the woodwork three times.