Leicester vs. Manchester City Prediction: Can Leicester Defeat Powerhouse Man City Twice in One Month?
When: Saturday, September 11 - 10:00 AM ET
Where: King Power Stadium
The international break was a total mess. Many English teams decided not to send their player to South American qualifiers due to countries being red-listed. Brazil vs. Argentina was suspended after kick-off, with Brazil's health officials demanding four Argentinian Premier League players to go into quarantine.
The teams typically play two games during the international break, but this time they played three, so imagine the level of player's fitness when returning to their clubs. Some players travel back and are forced to play their next fixture in less than 48 hours. Let's not forget the tactics are different. Sometimes the roles are different too. Hopefully, something will change with FIFA and UEFA thinking more about the player's health.
With that said, we are back and ready to enjoy another weekend full of profit. But, keep your stakes low because this round of fixtures is happening between the international break and the 1st Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League round.
Leicester vs. Manchester City Preview
Leicester will host Man City on Saturday and try to beat them for the 2nd time this season after winning the FA Community Shield exactly one month ago, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the match's only goal. Back then, it was a different story. The Citizens were without key players like Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, and Gabriel Jesus. That game was their 1st competitive game after a crazy summer packed with Copa America and Euro 2020 games.
Leicester kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win against Wolves, with Jamie Vardy scoring the winning goal. It then came the 4-1 defeat on the road against West Ham, but they immediately bounced back, winning their 3rd round fixture 2-1 on the road against Norwich.
On the other side, Man City started their EPL season with a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham, but they returned to winning ways destroying both Norwich and Arsenal (5-0 wins). Before discussing the best bets for this match, let's see what key players were out on international duty.
Players away on international duty:
Leicester City: Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria); Youri Tielemans and Timothy Castagne (Belgium); Caglar Soyuncu (Turkey); Daniel Amartey (Ghana); Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark); Patson Daka (Zambia).
Man City: Ferran Torres, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte (Spain); Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, John Stones (England); Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo (Portugal); Ilkay Gundogan (Germany); Riyad Mahrez (Algeria).
On top of that, City's duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus face being banned from playing in the Premier League this weekend after failing to report for international duty. The Citizens will be hoping that the Premier League can assist them and change FIFA's five days ban because there are seven more Brazilian players in this situation: Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Raphinha (Leeds), Richarlison (Everton) and Thiago Silva (Chelsea).
Leicester vs. Manchester City Prediction
It's imperative to follow the latest news and maybe wait for the starting XI (out 1 hour before the game) before placing your bets. Mostly now after this chaotic international break.
Man City have won four of their last six fixtures against the Foxes, including their previous two trips to the King Power Stadium, and will seek revenge after losing the FA Community Shield one month ago. In case he plays, Jesus is the player to watch as he loves the clashes against Leicester. He scored 5 goals against them, and he's also rested. He's priced at +185 with Unibet to be anytime goalscorer.
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are expected to return to Man City's squad for the Leicester game, and Ferran Torress will once again play his converted striker role. Jaime Vardy remains the key man in the attack for Leicester, with the likes of Maddison and Barnes helping him.
With all these squad issues, it's very tough to touch on the "winners-market." Most players have three games under their belt in the last ten days, and they traveled a lot, so imagine how tired they are. Nevertheless, we are expecting goals, and the only play for this match is over 2.5 goals.