Leicester City vs Manchester City Pre-Match Analysis
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Leicester City will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League this Saturday as they host a dangerous Manchester City side who have won their last two games 5-0 on both occasions, after slumping to defeat on the opening weekend against Tottenham Hotspur.

Both sides have picked up six points after three rounds of fixtures so far.

The Foxes have already beaten the Citizens this season in a competitive match. They ran out as 1-0 winners in the Community Shield back in August, where former Man City man Kelechi Iheanacho scored a late penalty to win the game.

  •  Vardy and Leicester's record against the visitors

In recent times, since the home side returned to the top flight in 2014 and more notably since Pep Guardiola took over City in 2016, Jamie Vardy and the Foxes have always enjoyed playing against them. 

Vardy's incredible record against Guardiola's men is one not to be taken lightly. He has tormented the Spaniard time after time and has netted nine times in five years. This includes a hat-trick last season as the Foxes ran riot winning 5-2 at the Etihad. 

The Yorkshireman also scored a treble back in Pep's first season at the club in a 4-2 defeat. 

Yes, City have defeated Leicester more times than Leicester have defeated City since Guardiola took over, however, the Catalan manager isn't usually one that gets beaten easily.

Vardy has more goals against a Guardiola side than any other player, including Cristiano Ronaldo - and the Manchester United ace doesn't even come close.  With the way the 34-year-old has started the season - netting in both wins - it's fair to say that he will most definitely be up for adding to his impressive record against them when the sides meet this weekend. 

  • Manchester City team selection woes

For a side that let their main man Sergio Aguero go in the summer, and failing to replace him, they've still done exceptionally well in front of goal so far this season and it's the least of their worries.

This weekend they come into the game without two key players in goalkeeper Ederson and only recognised striker Gabriel Jesus after FIFA imposed a suspension due to clubs allowing certain players to go and play in certain countries over the international break. This mixed with quarantine confusions forbids players returning from red list countries to play this weekend. 

The goalkeeper situation is difficult for City this weekend as it looks like a veteran and 36-year-old Scott Carson is in contention for a start as both Ederson and Zack Steffen who has recently contracted COVID-19 are out. 

It'll be a nice occasion for the former Derby County goalkeeper, it's just a matter of how he will cope with only his second top flight game in over a decade. 

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  • Foxes defence

Leicester's defence has had many questions asked of it towards the end of last season and the start of this as Brendan Rodgers' side have been more than light at the back.

Daniel Amartey has been brought in for the injured Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana to play alongside Caglar Soyuncu, and honestly, he hasn't done too badly - as the majority of Foxes fans expected him to struggle. 

Infact it has been Soyuncu who has struggled the most at the back at the start of this season. The Turkish defender is going through a rough patch at the moment and Leicester fans are blaming it on him not having Evans or Fofana by his side, and that could arguably be the case. 

He got caught out against West Ham in the 4-1 defeat, as well as giving away a needless penalty in the win away at Norwich City. To top off his nightmare start he had a disaster for Turkey as they were hammered 6-1 by the Netherlands. The 25-year-old was sent off for two yellow cards and gave away a penalty, all in the space of 40 minutes just a few nights ago. 


Luckily for Rodgers, he confirmed that Evans and new signing Jannik Vestergard have been training this week so we could see the return of Evans at the back. Also, it would be good for Rodgers to stick with Soyuncu if that is the case, as the two work well together. That would mean Amartey drops out - although it's quite unpredictable what the Leicester boss will do in this kind of game.

It's set to be an enticing bout at the King Power Stadium