Leicester City vs Manchester City: Classic Encounters
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 10, 2016, in Leicester, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

Leicester City host Manchester City on Saturday as both teams look to return from the international break and claim their third win of the Premier League season.

The Foxes narrowly beat newly promoted Norwich City last time out and are aiming to build on that result against last season’s champions. Pep Guardiola’s side easily dispatched Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago, with a dominant 5-0 victory showing the league that the Citizens are ready for another title fight.

Ahead of the weekend’s fixture, VAVEL takes a look back over some classic encounters between the two sides over the past 10 years.

Leicester City 2-2 Manchester City- January 2011

Over a decade ago, Leicester faced Manchester City for the first time in seven years. The Foxes were in the Championship at the time and welcomed the Premier League giants in the third round of the FA Cup.

The likes of Yuki Abe, Jack Hobbs and Richie Wellens would face up against Patrick Vieira, Carlos Tevez and Jerome Boateng in the East Midlands in what was a huge occasion for the hosts.

The game began perfectly for Leicester as debutant Sol Bamba headed in the opener only 45 seconds in. However, by halftime, the visitors' quality had shone through, with James Milner and Tevez giving the Citizens the lead before the break.

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But it would be Foxes legend Andy King who was able to force a replay with a goal just after the hour mark. This great result meant that they would play again at the City of Manchester Stadium later that month, with Manchester City eventually the victors.

Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City- December 2016

Fast forward almost six years and Leicester City had gone from the second tier to the current champions of the Premier League. However, the title holders welcomed Manchester City winless in five games, with the visitors in red hot form on the road.

But recent form went out of the window inside five minutes as the Foxes flew out of the blocks with two rapid-fire goals. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring three minutes in and an impressive King strike made it two only a couple of minutes later.

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Vardy would then grab his second, giving Leicester a 3-0 lead against Guardiola’s side at halftime. The score would remain the same until the final 12 minutes which would feature another three goals.

A mistake at the back for the Citizens handed Vardy his first-ever Premier League hat-trick to make it 4-0 before two late consolation goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito softened the blow for the visitors.

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City- September 2020

Last season, Leicester began the campaign with three consecutive wins with this victory at the Etihad Stadium the standout result.

Former Fox Riyad Mahrez gave the hosts the lead four minutes in with a spectacular effort that gave Kasper Schmeichel no chance. But before halftime Vardy had levelled the scores after he tucked away his first penalty of the game.

Vardy would then score a sumptuous flick at the near post and then he completed his hat-trick from the spot, scoring his second penalty just before the hour mark. This was the Leicester talismans third Premier League treble with two of them coming against Guardiola’s City.

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James Maddison then made it four for the visitors with a superb long-range effort, shocking the previous season’s runners up. The third penalty of the game would give Leicester the opportunity to make it five and they did as the spot-kick was dispatched by Youri Tielemans. Nathan Ake grabbed a consolation but it would be the Foxes who comfortably came away with the three points.

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