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Defending champions Manchester City and Leicester City face off for an intriguing battle at the Etihad for the runner up spot, and this should have all the qualities of a Premier League classic.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: 18:30 UK time
Kick-off: Saturday, 21st November
Venue: Etihad Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports

Manchester City have responded well since the loss to the red half of Manchester, and have picked up three wins on the bounce, scoring ten goals.

Their latest saw them brush aside League One side Oxford United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday to secure a semifinal berth in the competition, a preparatory outing which sets them up nicely for the visit of Leicester.

Prior to that, the Citizens hardly broke sweat when they put three past Arsenal last weekend, though they were up against a charitable Gunners side begging out for quality and some much needed passion. They have won only one of five games against sides currently in the top eight in the division so surely will not have it that easy against the Foxes.

Leicester start the weekend in second place, and are still a healthy four points clear of their latest opponents as they look to continue solidifying their grip on one of the automatic Champions League qualification spots.

After Norwich threw a spanner in the works for them by holding out for a draw last weekend to end their winning streak, Everton showed again in midweek that Brendan Rodgers side can be gotten at, rallying back from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 just before crashing out on penalties in their League Cup meeting on Wednesday.

They will however, fancy their chances against a porous Manchester City who have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 games since October.

Team news

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola welcomed back star striker Sergio Agüero in training but will cautiously ease him back into the team.

David Silva is still nursing his way back to full recovery and will miss out.

Leroy Sané, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are all still listed as out.

Leicester City

Rodgers will have a clean bill of health for the game, aside long term absentee Matty James.

Head to head

In 118 previous meetings in the past, Manchester City have a haul of 57 wins to Leicester’s 30. 31 had ended as draws.

Match stats

Both teams have scored in four of the last five games between these two sides in all competitions.

Man City have won five of their last six home games against Leicester City in all competitions.

Leicester have won their last four away games in the Premier League.

Team form

Manchester City might be getting back to their very best and will want to maintain the momentum they gathered in recent weeks. Manchester City’s last five games in all competitions(WLWWW)

Leicester uncharacteristically gave up a two-goal lead versus Everton last time out and will hope such deficiencies do not suffice in a game of this magnitude. Leicester City’s last five games in all competitions(WWWDD)

Betting preview

This game has every chance of producing goals, and loads of it. Both side are perhaps the very best when it comes to scoring goals, and while Leicester might have mastered the act of keeping them out, the same can not be said of their opposition. Thus 4/9 for over 2.5 goals is looking great and and a safe punt, otherwise the over 3.5 at 11/10 might even go away as another possible outcome from this game.

And if there’s anyone worthy of a backing on the goalscorers market, that would be Jamie Vardy. The Foxes striker has a good record in this fixture, scoring five times in his last seven games against Manchester City. He’s 2/1 to score anytime here, or an even better 15/2 to open the scoring.

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