Monday 6 May, kick-off 8pm
Etihad Stadium – Premier League
Defending champions Manchester City are looking to take a big step towards retaining their crown in this Premier League preview. The Blues host Leicester City at the Etihad on Monday night, by which time they could be back in second.
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What’s the story with Man City vs Leicester?
Is Man City vs Leicester on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Leicester came from behind to beat City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day. Bernardo Silva put the Citizens ahead in the first half, but Marc Albrighton equalised soon after. Ricardo Pereira won it for the Foxes with a thunderous strike 10 minutes from time.
What are the Man City vs Leicester odds? Manchester City are huge favourites at 1/7 in your Premier League predictions this week, while Leicester City are 18/1. The draw’s 17/2 with Betfair, where you can collect up to £100 in free bets when you register here today.
Remember that time…City thrashed Leicester 5-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture? Jamie Vardy cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s early opener, before Sergio Aguero took over. The Argentine scored four times in the second half to hand the Blues a big win.
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As well as back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, the Blues will be without two big players for these Man City v Leicester predictions. Fernandinho has a knee injury that’s set to rule him out of this game, while Kevin De Bruyne has a hamstring problem. That means Ilkay Gundogan is likely to continue in a more defensive central midfield role, with the two Silvas either side of him.
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Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers only has one player missing for this season’s penultimate round of football betting predictions. Daniel Amartey is still recovering from the broken ankle that’s kept him out of action since October. The Ghana international could return next weekend though, which would be a boost for his country ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Man City vs Leicester prediction, preview and betting tips
As arguably the Premier League’s greatest ever title race reaches its crescendo, there’s no margin for error for Manchester City. The Blues will know how Liverpool fare away to Newcastle United prior to kick-off on Monday, and could start this game two points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side. However, if the Reds fail to win, City can all but wrap up the title in these football predictions, against a Leicester City team who beat them earlier this season.
If Liverpool lose to Newcastle, a win will see City become the first team to successfully defend the Premier League title in a decade. Should their rivals draw, three points here and City’s superior goal difference will mean it’s as good as over. Hopes of a historic quadruple may be over for this year, but the Blues are still playing for an unprecedented domestic treble.
Pep Guardiola’s side certainly come into this Man City v Leicester prediction in the right kind of form. The Blues have won their last 12 Premier League matches. Including the Carabao Cup final penalty shootout victory over Chelsea, they’ve won 19 of their last 20 in all competitions. The Citizens have shown they can win ugly – like at Burnley last weekend – as well as by playing beautiful football.
The hosts may need to call on that again on Monday night, against a Leicester team revitalised under Rodgers. They may have slipped up at home to Newcastle United the other week, and lost to Watford at the death, but the Foxes have won five of their eight games under their new boss. That includes an impressive 3-0 victory over Arsenal at the weekend. Leicester dominated that game throughout, even before the Gunners were reduced to 10 men.
The Foxes pulled off an excellent victory over City in December, and they may need to win to keep their hopes of finishing seventh alive. Rodgers will no doubt be keen to do his old club Liverpool a massive favour. However, the stakes are higher for City and the champions have home advantage. Leicester won 3-1 at the Etihad just over three years ago, but a reverse of that result looks much more likely in your football score predictions.
City have won their two home games against Leicester since that defeat 2-1 and 5-1. The Blues may have kept three straight clean sheets, and five in seven at home in the league, but the Foxes have an in-form Jamie Vardy leading the line and should threaten. That’s why we’re backing both teams to score at 10/11 with Betway in your Man City vs Leicester betting tips.
City to win and both teams to score is 6/4 with the same bookmaker. We’re also backing City to win and over 3.5 goals, which has football betting odds of 19/20, again with Betway. We’re tipping a 3-1 win at 11/1, rising to 37/1 if you include Sergio Aguero as the first scorer.
Man City vs Leicester first goalscorer predictions
Aguero has had an incredible campaign and seems to be getting better with age. He’s on 29 goals for the season, and heads into this weekend’s action one behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. Aguero is the 3/1 favourite with Betfred to open the scoring in this game. Newly crowned PFA Young Player of the Year Raheem Sterling is 4/1 in the first goalscorer odds, while Jamie Vardy is 12/1. The English striker’s been excellent since Rodgers arrived, and is 87/1 to score first and see his team go on to lose 3-1.
Man City to win
Man City to win and over 3.5 goals
Sergio Aguero to score first
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Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.