In many ways, the international break came at a terrible time for Manchester City. Prior to it their team was flying, table-topping and already beginning to look uncatchable with the momentum gained through the early stages of this season, and whilst there is no reason to believe that won’t be the case upon their return, a 13 day hiatus is sure to have some impact.
Pep Guardiola’s men reconvene away at Leicester, in what promises to be a tricky fixture. The Citizens have failed to win on either of their last 2 visits to the King Power Stadium, including a chastening 4-2 defeat last term, and will have to be at their best if they’re to gain all 3 points against Claude Puel’s side.
With that in mind, it’s vital that Pep gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|0||5||3 / 1|
|3||0||0 / 0|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|1||1||1 / 0|
|2||2||4 / 0|
|3||9||2 / 0|
|1||9||1 / 0|
|10||2||3 / 0|
|8||7||3 / 0|
|8||0||0 / 0|
|Totals||36||35||17 / 1|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Against expectations, City’s strong defensive record has been one of their main strengths this season. They have conceded just 7 goals in their 11 Premier League outings this season, although the absence of Nicolás Otamendi through suspension may reduce their chances of enhancing that record here. Eliaquim Mangala looks set to take his place alongside John Stones, with the pair having formed a questionable partnership in the past.
With midfield pair David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, it feels at though the footballing world has already run out of superlatives. Both having been in scintillating form this term, contributing 4 goals and 18 assists between them in the Premier League already, and when they’re in the side, City are a terrifying proposition for anybody.
The season is just a few months old, yet Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus are already on the brink of hitting double figures in their goalscoring, and Raheem Sterling has already made it there. This is a young City attack full of pace, dynamism and threat, and no one would bet against them adding to their tallies here.
Overall, it’s an incredibly City side and one which should overcome Leicester with ease. With odds of 70/1 available to new Betfair customers on Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Burnley all tasting victory, this is one leg you can certainly rely on.