Manchester City flying high in the league having won 16 of the first 17 games and being unbeaten so far in the league. They take on Leicester City in the quarterfinals of 2017-18 English League cup on tuesday night, 19th December 2017 at King Power Stadium in Leicester. Now this is a one off cup game and will rely test City who have a strong squad to go all the way in all competitions this season. We can expect Guardiola to start with full strength side in game which starts at around 19:45 uk time.
Match Preview & Lineups: Manchester City has started the season in absolute beast form both in the league and champions league. They are the most inform teams not only in England but in Europe this season having drawn just 1 games of the opening 15. Leicester City has their work cut out to get something out of this match but they do have players to surprise City.
Manchester City 2-1 Leicester City – May 2017
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
29′ 1 – 0 David Silva scores the opening goal at half hour mark to put City on their way in crucial premier league game.
36′ 2 – 0 Gabriel Jesus converted the penalty to make it 2-0 and at that point, City were cruising.
42′ 2 – 1 Shinji Okazaki scored what was a stunning first time volley goal from Albrighton’s wiped in cross.
Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City – 10 December 2016
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
03′ 1 – 0 Jamie Vardy scores within first 3 minutes to put Leicester City 1-0 up at King Power stadium.
05′ 2 – 0 Andy King doubled Leciester’s lead minutes later.
20′ 3 – 0 Jamie Vardy was on target again as Leicester blitz past City in opening 20 minutes.
79′ 4 – 0 Jamie Vardy completed his hattrick with another neat finish to pretty much put the game to bed.
82′ 4 – 1 Aleksandar Kolarov freekick goal came too little too late in 82nd minute of the match.
90′ 4 – 2 Nolito grabbed second for City in 90th minute to make things interesting.
Leicester City on the other hand were hammered 5-0 away from home against FC Porto in the midweek but they did manage to secure top spot in their champions League group. Since they won’t be playing in Europe for the next two months they can really focus on Premier League and try to get out of the bottom places as soon as possible.
Match Predictions: League leaders visiting second placed team in the league and it won’t get better this game in whole of premier league season. Leicester has been breath of fresh air with their 4-4-2 formation and extremely pressing gameplay so far this season. One would imagine so much pressing and not much of a rotation might take a toll on the players but they are committed and now starting to believe in a miracle of winning premier league. The pressure will be on City of being favourites and since Guardiola has been confirmed as City manager from next season I can’t see City players bother much if things won’t go their way, I am going with a surprising 2-1 win for Leicester City in this one.