Leicester City v Manchester City preview: Team news, kick off time, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
Wilfried Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira chase down former fox Riyad Mahrez back in August at Wembley for the Community Shield affair.

Brendan Rodgers' and Co. welcome the noisy neighbours of Manchester to the East Midlands this Saturday in the first competitive fixture since the international break. 

After a tricky start against Tottenham Hotspur, Pep Guardiola's men have since scored 10 goals in two games against Norwich and Arsenal respectively. 

Leicester City have also won two out of their opening three games but haven't quite found their rhythm with their usual fast, free-flowing football but have found their talisman Jamie Vardy scoring twice already this season. 

Team news

Due to bizarre circumstances in Brazil, the Citizens are due to be without Ederson and Gabriel Jesus as they were both involved with the Brazil v Argentina and are ordered by the Brazilian FA to quarantine due to the 'five-day rule' imposed by them.

This usually would not be a problem for Guardiola as he relied on former Columbus Crew and USA international, Zak Steffen. However, the 26-year-old has contracted Covid-19 whilst playing for the States and is currently isolating in his homeland which therefore leaves them with their third-choice in veteran, Scott Carson who has only started one Premier League game since 2011.

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However, a boost for the Champions would be the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden who have not started any games this season so far but are expected to feature off the bench this Saturday.

Leicester City have played this season with Daniel Amartey and have coped as such, but a huge boost would be the return of Jonny Evans. The experienced centre-half played through a practice match earlier on in the week as did summer signing Jannik Vestergaard who took a knock to his knee during his first week at the club.

Defenders Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira are also available for selection after suffering from Covid-19 and an ankle knock respectfully.

That only leaves James Justin and Wesley Fofana on the treatment table, but both have shown on social media channels that both are walking and able to fully function following serious injuries.


Predicted Line ups


Leicester City;  Schmeichel; Castagne, Soyuncu, Amartey, Thomas; Ndidi, Tielemans; Maddison, Barnes, Albrighton; Vardy


Manchester City; Carson; Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Cancelo; Silva/De Bruyne, Gundogan, Rodri; Sterling/Grealish, Mahrez, Torres.
 

Ones to watch


With this current Manchester City side, almost every player is one to watch however star man Jack Grealish may take centre stage with his 100m price tag hanging over as well as former Fox Riyad Mahrez who is a constant threat.

Spanish striker Ferran Torres looks like he’s taken over the lead role of striker as Jesus has been playing down the wings whilst the young Spaniard plays as the number nine.

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Foxes forward, Jamie Vardy has scored three hat-tricks in the Premier League with two of them being against Pep Guardiola’s men and may feel like he can attempt his third with two goals already this term and against a keeper with no recent experience of the Premier League, he may feel in luck.

Brendan Rodgers may also hand a debut to loanee winger Ademola Lookman who was signed on deadline day from Red Bull Leipzig. The former Fulham loanee impressed last season and maybe the bright spark for the foxes which they’ve needed since the departure of Mahrez back in 2018.

Kick-off time

Leicester City will host Manchester City on Saturday 11th September at the King Power Stadium. The match will kick off at 3 pm.  

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