Leicester City vs Man City: Premier League Preview: Gameweek 14, 2022
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: James Maddison of Leicester City and Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Leicester City host Manchester City in Saturday's early kick-off, aiming to pull off a shock upset, with the two sides in contrasting form. 

The Foxes ran riot at Molineux last weekend, with a quartet of strikes from Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Jamie Vardythrashing their Midlands rivals in a 4-0 rampage.

Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 0-2 during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on October 23, 2022 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 0-2 against Wolves (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

The 6-2 demolition in North London seemed to have been the wake up call Leicester needed, sparking their season into life with Brendan Rogers' side taking 10 points from their last 15 and recording three clean sheets on the bounce.

Man City have a less favourable last three outings, with the Citizens failing to score in their last three away games, being nullified by FC Copenhagen, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

Former Leicester man, Riyad Mahrez saw his tame penalty effort denied by Gregor Kobel at the Signal Iduna on Tuesday night further adding to the Algerians' spot kick woes after also failing to convert against Copenhagen.

With that being his fourth penalty miss in 2022, many will expect Mahrez to be relieved of his penalty taking duties.

Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City has a penalty saved by Gregor Kobel of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City at Signal Iduna Park on October 25, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City has a penalty saved by Gregor Kobel of Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

With one victory in their last four, City will look to put an end to their minor blip and pile pressure onto league leaders Arsenal before they face Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The last time the two sides met was a nine goal thriller as Man City ran out 6-3 winners on Boxing Day.

Leicester 

Brendan Rogers confirmed that captain, Jonny Evans is facing a race against time to be fit with his calf issue still being assessed by the club's medical team.

Wilfred Ndidi, who has not featured since sustaining a hamstring injury in their 4-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest, has returned to training and could be in contention.

In his press conference ahead of the tie, Rodgers said: "In terms of the squad, we'll monitor Jonny over the next few games.

"Wilfred Ndidi has been back training with the squad. The most important thing is he's back training with the squad and he's looked fine with the players" 

Long term absentees, Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Ricardo Periera (achilles) remain on the sidelines

Man City

The fitness of Erling Haaland will be assessed in Friday's training session before the decision is made if he will feature.

The forward was withdrawn at half-time against Dortmund, his former club, with a slight ankle issue and a fever.

"He (Haaland) feels better but we train this afternoon and we will assess him in the next few hours" Guardiola said in his press conference.

He added: "We will see how he feels. After we will decide- I will know in two hours if he can play."

England internationals, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips remain out after successfully undergoing surgery.

"They are not ready for Leicester", Pep confirmed.

  • Likely Lineups

Leicester: Ward; Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Justin; Soumare; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka

Man City: Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden, Alvarez

  • Key Players

 James Maddison

With four goals and an assist in his last five games, Maddison is hitting form at just the right time with the World Cup on the horizon.

It is clear that Leicester's revitalisation coincides with the Englishman performing at his best again.

He leads the way for the highest scoring midfielder in the division with six strikes. 

Only four players in the league have outscored him- Erling Haaland, Aleksander Mitrovic, Harry Kane and Ivan Toney.

In addition, only six players are responsible for a higher percentage of their team's goals this campaign with the 25-year-old having a direct hand in 29% of the Foxes' goals this season.

If Leicester are to snatch any points from Guardiola's side then Maddison will have to be at his brilliant best.

Leicester City's <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/10/06/premier-league/1125390-brendan-rodgers-confirms-wilfried-ndidi-will-miss-a-few-weeks.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/10/06/premier-league/1125390-brendan-rodgers-confirms-wilfried-ndidi-will-miss-a-few-weeks.html'>James Maddison</a></strong> celebrates scoring his sides 3rd goal against Wolves  (Photo by Dave Howarth - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Leicester City's James Maddison celebrates scoring his sides 3rd goal against Wolves (Photo by Dave Howarth - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Phil Foden

Foden has had his best ever start to the season numbers wise, notching six goals and four assists as well as creating an impressive 18 chances.

The 22-year-old looks a certainty to be on the plane to Qatar.

With City's prolific Norwegian a doubt for this fixture, Foden may have to take on the extra burden in attack and step up in his teammate's absence- a task he is more than capable of fulfilling.

<strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/08/31/premier-league/1121695-man-city-6-0-nottingham-forest-hat-trick-hero-haaland-sinks-forest.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/08/31/premier-league/1121695-man-city-6-0-nottingham-forest-hat-trick-hero-haaland-sinks-forest.html'>Phil Foden</a></strong> of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City at Signal Iduna Park on October 25, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany (Photo by Marcel ter Bals/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Phil Foden of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City at Signal Iduna Park  (Photo by Marcel ter Bals/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
  • Match details

Where is the game being played?

The game is being played at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City.

What time is kick-off?

The match is scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Where can I watch?

Fans in the UK can watch the match live on BT Sport 1.

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