League leaders Manchester City travel to 3rd placed Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The clash at the King Power is arguably of greater significance to the Foxes, who are looking to cement a top 4 berth this season – something they missed out on last campaign following a final day defeat to Manchester United.
Brendan Rodgers’ remit at the start of the season would likely have been to achieve a Champions League finish after the disappointment of 5th place in 2019-20.
Manchester City meanwhile have finished in the top 4 for the last 10 seasons and are nailed-on to be playing elite European football again next season as they lead the way atop the Premier League.
It would take something unheard of to dislodge Pep Guardiola’s side from their lofty perch with the club still in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple this season.
It feels a matter of when, not if Manchester City will win the Premier League title – as such, a defeat to Leicester won’t be catastrophic by any means considering their 14-point cushion at the summit.
With a Carabao Cup final, FA Cup Semi Final and Champions League Quarter Final all to contest this month, Pep Guardiola would be forgiven for perhaps prioritising those upcoming fixtures over this trip to the East Midlands.
Although the Foxes put 5 past Man City in the reverse fixture at the start of the season – they also smashed 5 past Sheffield United last time out – it seems unlikely that Leicester will be proprietors of a similar scoreline this weekend.
In terms of team news, Manchester City supporters will be slowly and sadly ticking off the games until Sergio Aguero departs the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The club announced during the international break that their record goalscorer and the top all-time overseas Premier League goalscorer will leave at the expiration of his current contract.
Guardiola may decide to deploy the Argentine upfront as he has a fully-fit squad to select from.
Injuries meanwhile have taken more of a toll on the Foxes’ season, with James Justin and Harvey Barnes definite absentees with knee issues.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed in his press conference that James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira are available for the Foxes.
Wes Morgan and Cengiz Under meanwhile are major doubts for Saturday’s game.
Leicester City v Manchester City is a 5.30pm kick off on Saturday 3rd April.
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