League leaders Manchester City will be looking to extend their lead at the top as they host Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday
League leaders Manchester City will be looking to extend their lead at the top as they host Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Guardiola’s side put impressive performance for their 0-4 against Newcastle while Leicester also defeated Newcastle by the same score line in their last league game. Apologies to any Newcastle fans listening.
The reigning champions continue to go from strength to strength this season having won each of their last eight matches in the league and have scored 12 goals in their last three matches – conceding in none of them.
The Cityzens travelled to Newcastle on the back of an incredible 7-0 victory over Leeds in the last game, and the goals continued to flow as Ruben Dias put the visitors ahead after just five minutes.
Joao Cancelo doubled their lead with a stunning strike shortly after, along with goals from Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling to seal yet another three points and maintain the three point gap with challengers Liverpool.
City have won eight of their last 10 Premier League games against Leicester and haven’t lost a game on Boxing Day in their last eight which should stand the home side in good stead going into the match.
The Foxes were able to end their poor run of form which saw four games with victory to seal three points following an emphatic 4-0 victory over Newcastle.
Two goals from Youri Tielemans along with a goal a piece from Patson Daka and James Maddison sealed an all-important three points for Leicester which takes them to ninth in the table – ten points from fourth-placed Arsenal though with two games in hand.
Despite having a ten-day break from matches since then following postponements due to covid outbreaks, they were defeated midweek by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on penalties despite taking a 1-3 lead before half time.
Having defeated Manchester City 2-5 at the Etihad last season, Brendan Rodgers knows what it takes to defeat the champions in their own backyard, and will be eyeing a successive away victory there on Sunday.
Guardiola will be without Ferran Torres who is joining Barcelona next month in a deal worth £55m, despite currently nursing a foot injury.
Kyle Walker is not fit enough to play following his bout with illness, while Liam Delap remains out along with Benjamin Mendy due to legal proceedings.
As for Leicester, the injuries and absences continue to pile up, with Jamie Vardy and Caglar Soyuncu being assessed due to sustaining thigh injuries midweek as well as Jonny Evans.
Ricardo Pereira remains out with a shin injury along with Hamza Choudhury who is currently ill. James Justin is close to a return following his long-term injury though Wesley Fofana continues to build his fitness and remains some months away from a return.
Manchester City vs Leicester City – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Sunday 26th December 2021.
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