Man City vs. Leicester City
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Kick off: 6:30PM
Manchester City will attempt to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when welcoming Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium this evening.
Thirteen points is the current gap on closest challengers Manchester United, whom they face for a second time in early April, but Pep Guardiola is adamant that the title race is not a formality with so many games still to come.
Being held by Burnley was certainly not in the script, coming after defeat to Liverpool and a goalless draw at Crystal Palace in their previous away outings, and City must also face Arsenal and Chelsea in quick succession in three weeks’ time.
With fatigue creeping in, now may well be the perfect time to face the champions-elect as they also have to prepare for a double-header against Basel in the Champions League, a trip to Wigan Athletic in the last 16 of the FA Cup, as well as the small matter of an EFL Cup final date with Arsenal in the space of a month.
Defeating Guardiola’s men is a mighty ask for Leicester, though, particularly on the Citizens’ home patch following an unbeaten league run stretching 25 matches, 20 of which have ended in victory.
Not quite invincible, but very, very close.
On the other hand, the biggest challenge for Leicester boss Claude Puel in the remaining months of the Premier League campaign may well be motivating his players, with seventh place surely the best the Foxes can hope for.
After going seven unbeaten on their travels, the Foxes have now claimed just one point from the last 12 on offer, losing to Watford Liverpool and Everton, but holding Chelsea to a goalless draw in a match that they probably should have won.
Man City possible XI: Ederson, Zinchenko, Laporte, Otamendi, Walker, D.Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, B.Silva.
Leicester City possible XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Diabate, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.