May 12, 2017
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Manchester City vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Manchester City will look to put the pressure on Arsenal and increase their lead over the Gunners to six points when they face a rejuvenated Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

After City’s victory over Crystal Palace last weekend and rivals Manchester United’s loss, Pep Guardiola’s side are in the driving seat for the top-four with a three-point lead heading into the final games.

Their opponents, meanwhile, mathematically secured their Premier League status last weekend and will look to continue their recent momentum and target a top-half of the table finish.

See below for The Boot Room’s comprehensive preview of Leicester’s trip to Manchester City.

Recent Form

Manchester City will go into Saturday’s clash on the back of just one loss in their previous 14 Premier League matches, looking to go six-games unbeaten as the race for the top four heats up.

City’s form at the Etihad Stadium this season has been imperious, only losing once – the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea – in 17 games, and they can make it 11 games without a loss with a win over Leicester.

The visitors have been in impressive form since Craig Shakespeare took the helm at the King Power Stadium, winning seven of their ten games to steer themselves away from relegation trouble.

A run of three games without a win during the middle of April stalled their progress towards the top-half slightly, but back-to-back wins over West Brom and Watford have left them on track for a top ten finish.

Team News

For the hosts, forward Sergio Aguero and defender John Stones will face late fitness tests after missing the victory over Crystal Palace with respective muscular problems.

Claudio Bravo is ruled out for the season alongside Ilkay Gundogan but there are no fresh injury concerns for Pep Guardiola heading into another critical match for their top four hopes.

Meanwhile, Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater will miss the rest of the season with a thigh strain whilst captain Wes Morgan remains side-lined through injury and won’t feature on Saturday.

Robert Huth is a doubt to start alongside Yohan Benalouane in central defence after suffering with a foot problem, paving the way for Ben Chilwell to make his ninth Premier League appearance this year.

Predicted Line-Ups

Match Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City

With Arsenal now ready to capitalise on any slip-ups from Pep Guardiola’s men between now and the end of the season, each fixture has turned into a must-win game for Manchester City.

The 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace last weekend would have boosted morale in the home dressing room and they will go into Saturday’s clash at the Etihad looking for an equally comfortable afternoon.

Yet Craig Shakespeare has worked wonders with this Leicester side since taking over from Claudio Ranieri, and with just two league defeats in ten matches the Foxes have become a transformed side.

It will take some doing to match the entertainment from earlier in the season – a 4-2 victory for Leicester on that occasion – but with so much at stake, expect the hosts to come out firing again and secure the win.

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