Manchester City vs Leicester – Match Preview
Of the four matches that are being played on Sunday, the tie between Manchester City and Leicester is arguably the biggest and with Pep Guardiola’s men getting the better of Wolves on Monday night, the early Premier League favourites got off to the perfect start.
A trip to Molineux is never an easy one and especially when you consider that City lost their last season. However, this time around and even without Sergio Aguero among their attacking ranks, the Etihad outfit ran out eventual 3-1 winners.
While it is the Etihad that is the venue for the clash between they and Leicester and with the Foxes winning both of their first two Premier League outings of the season, they will be keen to extend that run to three.
Of course, Brendan Rodgers’ men would have suffered an incredible amount of disappointment at the tail end of last season, as they finished outside the top four and more importantly, fluffed their Champions League lines.
That poor run of results at the end of the previous campaign, could well have seeped into the start of this one and therefore, the attacking endeavour that has been on show against both West Brom and Burnley will have been pleasing for all that are connected to the club.
Of course, the trip to Manchester will prove to be their sternest test of the season so far and with City looking to live up to their moniker of championship favourites, they know that a win here would further their credentials.
Admittedly it would only be their second win of the campaign, but to get the better of Wolves and Leicester in successive weeks is not easy and especially when you consider this pair of opposition will have European aspirations of their own.
In addition to that, if City can clear this second hurdle, they know that their fixtures suddenly become a lot easier and what better way to pick up an initial head of steam, than by going on an early season winning streak.
With that all said, the prospect of no Sergio Aguero for the next two months will be a difficult one for manager Pep Guardiola to bear and although Gabriel Jesus did score on Monday, there are still questions regarding whether he can be the Argentine’s heir apparent.
Then again, there is not a lot that City can do in such a short timeframe and therefore the Brazilian international will be trusted with putting Leicester to the sword, while being flanked by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
In the three combined matches that City and Leicester have played in this season, they have always possessed the tag of favourites and that means something must give on Sunday, due to how the moneyline odds have been presented.
If you think that it will be a home win, you can back City at the rather short price of -333, while if you think that Leicester will make it three league wins in a row it is the rather large +877 and the draw can be found at +507.