Third-place Manchester City welcome second-place Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening, in an attempt to reduce the four-point gap between the two sides.
City have won six of the last seven games against Leicester, but the Foxes come into tomorrow’s fixture on a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions. The last meeting between the two teams featured Vincent Kompany’s fantastic goal that eventually won the game and helped secure Guardiola’s side their second consecutive league title.
Team News and Injuries
Guardiola confirmed in his press conference that both Sergio Aguero and John Stones have had two training sessions each, as they have arrived back from injury, but also said David Silva is yet to return from his own absence. Aymeric Laporte remains sidelined as does Leroy Sane, although the German has taken part in some individual training following his pre-season knee injury.
Leicester’s fortunes are far better – none of their squad are due to miss tomorrow’s game through injury or suspension.
To start, Ederson will regain his place in goal after Claudio Bravo’s appearance in midweek.
In defence, we expect Kyle Walker to return in place of João Cancelo, who opened the scoring against Oxford on Wednesday. Nicolás Otamendi and Fernandinho will most likely appear as the centre-back pairing, with John Stones not quite fit enough to contend with the likes of Jamie Vardy. On the left-hand side of the back four, Benjamin Mendy will most likely return to the first team, on the basis of Angeliño and Oleksandr Zinchenko both receiving significant playing time on Wednesday night.
For the midfield three, we’re predicting Rodri to line up behind Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden could easily start in place of the German, but the fact that both of those players started against Oxford means we’re tipping Gundogan to face Leicester.
On the left-wing, Raheem Sterling should be starting in such an important game – hopefully, quite an easy choice, especially after his brace in midweek. On the opposite side, Riyad Mahrez is likely to start against his former team, with whom he won the 2015/16 Premier League. Gabriel Jesus will almost definitely feature upfront, with Aguero most likely not quite fit to start tomorrow.
Substitutes: Bravo, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Foden, Silva, Bernardo, Aguero
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