Match Preview: Manchester City vs Leicester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: fans arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on April 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City host Leicester to the Etihad in their final home game of the 2018-19 campaign in the Premier League.

Liverpool secured a 3-2 victory at Newcastle last night, putting the pressure on Manchester City, ahead of their encounter with Leicester on Monday night.

The Citizens are still controlling the situation though, as two wins in the final two games of the season will see them retain their Premier League crown, becoming the first team to do so since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United 10 years ago.

Leicester travel to the English capital of football on the back of a 3-0 victory over Arsenal last Sunday. The Foxes play in great form since Brendan Rodger took over, as the former Liverpool boss may be the last hope for the Reds in their Premier League title chase.

Team news

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is a major doubt for Pep Guardiola, while City’s best player form the previous campaign Kevin de Bruyne remains sidelined.

Benjamin Mendy is expected to miss the game as well, with Oleksandr Zinchenko operating at left-back for the Citizens.

Brendan Rodgers doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns, as Daniel Amartey and Matty James are Leicester City’s only absentees for their trip to the Etihad.

Captain Wes Morgan is finally fit and ready to play, but Jonny Evans will be confident of retaining his place in central defense alongside Harry Maguire.

What did the managers say

Pep Guardiola wants to focus only on Leicester, as his Manchester City side aims for a domestic double in the 2018-19 campaign.

“From the beginning, you ask me about achievements but I think we have to focus on beating Leicester,” he said via the Manchester City official website.

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“They have quality and all we can do is focus on that. I expect them to high press and play on the counter-attack – they’re going to attack.

“I think it helps that Leicester play on the counter-attack. Now, with Brendan Rodgers, they control parts of the game so I think he has shown his quality as a manager.”

Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers is aware he can help Liverpool to win their first Premier League title in 30 years.

“Naturally the Liverpool supporters will look at it as maybe an opportunity,” the Northern Irishman said via Express.

“With our current form and how we’ve worked they’ll see it as a possibility and, with the players we have, we can see it as a possibility. With the players we have, we know we can score goals.”

Stats

Manchester City have won each of their last 12 Premier League games – it’s the fifth run of a team winning 12+ games in a row in the history of the competition, with Pep Guardiola being the only manager to have done so twice.

Leicester City, however, is not his favorite opponent, as Guardiola has suffered two defeats in his five meetings with the Foxes.

The Citizens are excellent at the Etihad this season. They’ve won 17 of the 18 home games so far, losing only to Crystal Palace back in December.

Leicester are looking to complete the top-flight double over Manchester City for the first time since the 1986-87 campaign.

The history is not on their side though, as the Foxes have never won away from home on a Monday in the Premier League, drawing three and losing eight of their 11 such matches.

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