2021-04-03 by W.M.
Leicester vs Man City LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premier League fixture today
Leicester City will look to strengthen their grip on a top-four spot on Saturday afternoon, when they host Premier League leaders Manchester City.
While it will of course be one of the toughest tests of the season, there is extra motivation for Brendan Rodgers’ side to earn a positive result after Chelsea were beaten by West Brom earlier in the day. Three points for the Foxes will take them eight clear of the Blues, and even up to second place for a day as Manchester United are not in action until Sunday night.
Both Leicester and City won their two previous league games before the international break and, while Leicester’s big aim remains to simply finish in the top four, their manager feels they have shown their capacity to compete with the biggest sides on a more regular basis.
Man City, meanwhile, will look to extend their monster gap at the top of the table, which already stands at 14 points. Failing to win this game would be by no means any kind of setback, as they’re likely to walk to the title anyway, but the manager will want consistency and confidence throughout the side as they look to win the Champions League, too.
City face Borussia Dortmund in midweek and they won’t want to follow up a two-week club break with a poor domestic showing, before then needing to bounce back suddenly with a big performance in Europe.
FA CUP FINAL WARM UP?
Leicester and City could yet meet in the FA Cup final, so this could be an interesting precursor to that potential contest. The Foxes will play Southampton in their semi-final, while City take on Chelsea.
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PEP GUARDIOLA SPEAKS TO SKY SPORTS
“Like every game, never any manager select eleven players to lose a game. We believe this is the best one, for the international break, for many things we saw in training. [On Aguero] He trained really well. Exceptional as always. [On Leicester] Top side, a lot of quality and a team that if you let them play is able to play. Quality team.”
Callum Rice-Coates3 April 2021 17:07
GUARDIOLA REFUSES TO DISCUSS HAALAND SPECULATION
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Leeds have beaten bottom side Sheffield United at Elland Road…
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Leicester were emphatic winners when these two teams met at the Etihad back in September. A Jamie Vardy hat-trick helped the visitors to a 5-2 victory, which at the time sent them top of the nascent Premier League standings. City have raced away since, but Leicester shouldn’t feel overawed by the challenge of beating the champions-elect.
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Leicester bring in Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton for Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu following victory over Sheffield United before the international break. There’s also a welcome return for James Maddison, who’s back on the bench today.
City, meanwhile, make four changes from the side that beat Fulham, with Kyle Walker, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho and Riyad Mahrez replacing John Stones, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Ferran Torres. Sergio Aguero starts after the announcement that he will leave the club at the end of the season.
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Prior to the international break, Leicester beat Brighton and Sheffield United in the league and knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup. But three wins came after a defeat to Arsenal, a draw with Burnley and being knocked out of Europe by Slavia Prague.
Man City had been on a record-breaking win streak prior to the loss to Man United in early March, but since then it has been another four straight wins: Southampton, Fulham, ‘Gladbach and Everton.
Leicester vs Man City
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