Manchester City vs Leicester betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

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Manchester City vs Leicester prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Leicester

If Manchester City win on Monday night they will be one match away from retaining their Premier League crown.

City are aiming for a 13th consecutive Premier League win. Pep Guardiola’s side have won 17 of their 18 league matches at home this season.

Leicester come into the match on the back of a brilliant 3-0 home win against Arsenal last weekend. Brendan Rodgers could do his former club Liverpool a massive favour with a result at the Etihad.

Manchester City vs Leicester: Who will win?

Leicester have already beaten Manchester City once this season although City are overwhelming favourites to win the match at 1/8 while a Leicester win is priced at 16/1. The draw is 15/2.

Leicester have found the back of the net in each of their last 10 matches away from home – including eight goals in their last three away games. Bet on both teams to score at 4/5.

Since making his Premier League debut in 2014, Jamie Vardy has scored more goals against top six sides than any other player in the competition (31). Vardy is 12/1 to open the scoring and 11/4 to score anytime.

Manchester City of course, have their own attacking talents. Sergio Aguero is the most likely first goal scorer according to the bookies.

There are no less than eight Manchester City players, including Riyad Mahrez (likely to be on the bench) and Ilkay Gundogan (a defensive midfielder) expected to score first, before Jamie Vardy.

Man City celebrate

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (10) celebrates with Aymeric Laporte (14) and team mates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Manchester City vs Leicester Premier League match preview

Manchester City host Leicester City at the Etihad on Monday night. Leicester have never won a Premier League match on a Monday in 12 previous attempts.

This season’s Premier League title race looks set to go down to the wire. It is the first time in Premier League history that two sides have reached over 90 points.

Liverpool won a ding-dong encounter at Newcastle 3-2 on Saturday evening, to take the Premier League title race to the final day.

The equation for Manchester City is simple, win against Leicester and away at Brighton on the final day and the title remains at The Etihad.

Anything less, and if Liverpool beat Wolves at home next Sunday, and the long wait will be over for the Merseyside giants.

City claimed a nervy 1-0 win at Burnley last weekend to keep things in their own hands. Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock after the hour mark.

Brendan Rodgers

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 30: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Can Brendan Rodgers do Liverpool an enormous favour?

Leicester moved up to 9th in the table following their 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal last weekend. Youri Tielemans scored his third goal in seven appearances before Jamie Vardy bagged a brace.

Leicester have now won five of their last seven league matches. Their final match of the campaign is at home to Chelsea next Sunday.

Manchester City and Leicester have met 15 times previously in the Premier League. City have won seven, lost four and drawn two against the Foxes.

Leicester have won seven and drawn four of their 18 away matches this season although their goal difference on the road is exactly 0. Unsurprisingly, Manchester City have the league’s best home record. Their goal difference at the Etihad is +44.

City were 2-1 winners when the sides met in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium in December. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring for City before Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira scored for Leicester. City finished the match with 10 men after Fabian Delph’s late sending off.

The two sides also met in the quarter-finals of this season’s EFL Cup. Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Marc Albrighton forced the match into extra-time and then penalties. City won the shoot-out 3-1 and eventually went on to win the tournament.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City gives a thumbs up to the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images)

Manchester City team news vs Leicester

Kevin de Bruyne has been ruled out of Monday’s clash. Pep Guardiola said he didn’t know if the Belgian would be available for the FA Cup final on May 18, 2019.

Fernandinho remains a doubt with a knee problem. The midfielder was spotted in training but with a heavily-strapped knee.

Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi will battle it out for a starting spot alongside Aymeric Laporte.

Phil Foden and Danilo were unused substitutes against Burnley, while Benjamin Mendy was left out of the matchday squad entirely. The trio could benefit from potential rotation.

Riyad Mahrez will be itching to face his former club on Monday although the Algerian has not played a single minute of City’s last four Premier League matches. Mahrez signed from Leicester last year and was instrumental in the Foxes’ Premier League title win of 2016.

Claudio Bravo is a long-term injury absentee.

Leicester team news vs Manchester City

Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns following last weekend’s win.

Daniel Amartey is Leicester’s only first-team absentee. The defender is sidelined with an ankle injury.

21-year-old midfielder Hamza Choudhury was one of Leicester’s star performers last weekend and could keep his place in the side. Incidentally, Choudhury was charged with misconduct by the FA on Friday over tweets he posted when he was just 15.

Jonny Evans is likely to continue alongside Harry Maguire in defence, with Wes Morgan and Caglar Soyuncu back-up options.

Demarai Gray came on for the final five minutes against Arsenal and is expected to return to the starting eleven. Harvey Barnes and Nampalys Mendy will be pushing for starts after their appearances from the bench.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will face his old club. Kelechi Iheanacho is another former City player and could feature from the bench.

Manchester City predicted line-up vs Leicester

Predicted Manchester City XI vs Leicester

Predicted Manchester City XI vs Leicester

Leicester predicted line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Leicester XI vs Manchester City

Predicted Leicester XI vs Manchester City

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