The international break is over (get in!) and football players are back to their individual clubs.
This looks like it could be a crucial weekend at both ends of the English Premier League table with mouth-watering clashes throughout the round.
In this episode of Naija News 247 football insight for today, we’re going to take a look at Leicester welcoming the English Premier League current leader, the Citizens.
Leicester City vs Manchester City – Saturday, 03-04-2021 – 05:30pm (WAT)
It’s not even close this weekend – the game of the round comes from the King Power Stadium where Leicester host Manchester City in what looks to be a fascinating match-up between the two most exciting sides in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s champions-in-waiting travel to the east Midlands on Saturday afternoon looking to go a step closer to the title.
They face though, a Foxes outfit who have been one of the most positive, most progressive and most pleasing sides in the entire division this term.
In Kelechi Iheanacho they have one of the hottest strikers around at the moment, who will surely take extra pleasure in getting one over on his former club.
City however, have lost just one game away from the Etihad all term and would love to really put a marker down on the rest of the division with a resounding win here.
Whatever happens it should be a brilliant watch.
📊 Fun fact: Leicester are looking to complete their first league double over Man City since 1986/87.
Leicester City vs Man City match preview and Fact
- The last H2H saw Leicester City pull off a shock 5-2 victory on matchday three, as they became the first-ever side to score three penalties in a Premier League (PL) game! Fast-forward six months and the Foxes’ strong season continues thanks to the PL’s second best win-rate (58.62%), and has them chasing a first top-flight double over Manchester City for the first time since 1986/87, albeit they face a formidable visiting side sitting 14 points clear at the top.
- Still, Leicester City look like solid top-three contenders, particularly after a 3-1 FA Cup win over Manchester United in their last home game took Brendan Rogers’ win-rate to 53% after 100 games in charge. That victory was also the third straight match at the King Power Stadium to see Leicester strike first (W2, L1), putting them in good stead to continue their unbeaten streak here this PL campaign when starting as an underdog (W2, D1).
- Man City look virtually unstoppable though, recording 25 wins from their previous 26 games, and winning despite a -1 handicap in their last five victories. The PL’s highest scorers (averaging 2.13 goals per match) will surely be seeking revenge after that shock H2H defeat – the only time across Pep Guardiola’s last 729 matches that a side under his leadership conceded five times.
- The visitors are favourites for a reason, and a 2-0 FA Cup win last time out made it 17 away games unbeaten (W15, D2) – a new record in their 141-year-old history. In fact 14 straight away wins is a new national record too, 12 of which saw Man City overcome a -1 handicap.
- Players to watch: Former Man City man Kelechi Iheanacho has been Leicester’s first goalscorer in four consecutive matches. Also enjoying a great run of form is İlkay Gündoğan who’s scored in his last three Man City appearances.
- Hot stat: Four of Leicester’s last five matches have been 1-1 at some point.