Despite dropping points against Burnley last weekend, Manchester City remain 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of the visit of Leicester City on Saturday evening. Claude Puel will be seeking to become only the second English side to beat Manchester City this season, but his task will be made even harder with the absence of star man, Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian winger was the subject of a failed £70m bid from Manchester City on transfer deadline day and since then he has not trained with his side.
When: 5:30PM, Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Where: The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City come into this game in slightly inconsistent form for them, with just three wins in their last five matches. Pep Guardiola will have been slightly disappointed with the performance shown in the 1-1 with Burnley last weekend, a game which featured a miss of the season contender from Raheem Sterling. City have a number of injuries heading into the game with long term absentees Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph being joined by John Stones and David Silva.
Leicester City are without a win in their last two matches after they followed up their defeat against Everton with a 1-1 draw against Swansea City. Striker Jamie Vardy comes into the game in fine form though, with a goal in each of his last three appearances taking him to 12 for the season. Riyad Mahrez is expected to be the only player missing for Leicester, with Claude Puel having a fully fit squad to pick from.
1. Riyad Mahrez was the subject of a reportedly rejected £70m offer from Manchester City on deadline day and has not trained with Leicester City since.
2. Jamie Vardy has scored more goals against top six sides than any other player in the last four seasons (22).
3. Manchester City have won 12 of their 13 home games in the league this season.
Manchester City will be expected to win here and I think they will do it comfortably. Leicester have caused them plenty problems in the past, with Jamie Vardy boasting a hat trick against City in recent seasons. Without Riyad Mahrez though, I can’t see Leicester having enough quality in attack to beat City here and so I’m going for a City win.
Betting Tips (Coral)
Manchester City start this game as massive favourites at odds of 2/9, whilst an away win for Leicester City is priced up at 12/5, with the draw available at 11/4. There’s no value in betting on the Manchester City win here, but I think there could well be goals in the game, so the 5/4 available on Manchester City to win and Over 3.5 goals looks like a good bet to me.
Man City to win & Over 3.5 goals – 5/4 (Coral)