Manchester City welcome Leicester to the Etihad Stadium for their home opener of the 20/21 Premier League season this weekend. The visitors currently sit in first place in the league, although after just two games. City will be looking to continue their perfect start to the season while Leicester will want to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Here’s everything you need to know as the Blues look to make it two in two…
Pep Guardiola – in his press conference on Friday – presented the news that he had just 13 senior players at his disposal for the weekend.
Sergio Agüero remains sidelined with a knee problem, from which he is expected to make a return in the coming weeks. Bernardo Silva has a thigh injury that will keep him out for another two or three weeks, while full-backs Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are both ruled out also. The COVID pandemic has removed Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte from contention after both tested positive for coronavirus. Nicolas Otamendi missed the Bournemouth game in midweek and will probably miss out on this weekend’s tie as well. Finally, news broke last night of an injury to striker Gabriel Jesus which will keep him out for around a month.
Regarding Leicester, the Foxes are without six players for their visit to the Etihad. Right-back Ricardo Pereira is sidelined with a long-term knee injury, while new signing Cengiz Under will probably miss the tie as well. Jonny Evans is likely to make his return from his own injury for this game. Wilfred Ndidi has sustained a long term injury which will keep him out of contention for around three months. Demarai Gray is also out with illness.
Head to Head:
City have won eight of the last nine fixtures between the two sides, two of which were penalty-shootout wins in the Carabao Cup. Across all 18 Premier League games between City and Leicester, City have won 10, while two were drawn and the Foxes came out on top six times.
The last game between the two teams was a 1-0 win for City at the King Power in February, with Gabriel Jesus getting the winning goal after Agüero missed a second-half penalty.
Both teams have enjoyed a perfect start to the Premier League season – City beat Wolves 3-1 while Leicester’s two wins from two games have placed them at the top of the table.
The Foxes have beaten West Brom and Burnley to start the season, scoring seven goals across both games, but were defeated by Arsenal in their Carabao Cup game in midweek.
Michael Oliver will referee the game while his assistants will be Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett. The fourth official will be Craig Pawson, while the VARs at Stockley Park will be David Coote and Simon Long.
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