Manchester City head to the King Power stadium on Saturday afternoon to challenge Claude Puel’s Leicester City side, hoping to maintain their outstanding start to the season.
City already sit eight points clear at the top of the table, starting the season in scintillating form, with many predicting Pep Guardiola’s men go the season unbeaten. Leicester on the other hand have seen improvements since Craig Shakespeare was sacked last month and replaced him with former Saints’ boss Claude Puel, and are unbeaten in six games in all competitions.
Last time round Leicester crumpled City 4-2, and have only lost one of their last four meetings with the Manchester side. However City have an eight-point lead at the top of the table, the biggest-ever margin between first and second place after 11 games of a Premier League season.
Furthermore City’s combined total of 31 points and their +31 goal difference is the best start by a Premier League side after 11 games; a frightening prospect for Jamie Vardy and co to face this weekend.
Sergio Augero today has been deemed fit to be in the squad by manager Pep Guardiola after a scary scenario mid-week which saw the Argentine collapse at half-time, during his country’s clash with Nigeria. Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling both left the England squad ahead of their World Cup warm up’s against Germany and Brazil, however both are expected to be in contention for a starting place.
Summer signing Benjamin Mendy is still on the side lines with a long term ACL injury, however City fans will welcome the news of the return of captain Vincent Kompany, who has recovered from his recent calf injury.
After picking up his fifth booking of the season against Arsenal, City centre back Nicholas Otamendi will miss the clash at the King Power, on the contrary Leicester have no disciplinary issues to deal with.
The Foxes will be without highly rated full-back Ben Chilwell, who pulled out of his England under 21 duties over the international break. Russian Robert Huth remains out for Leicester also, but there appear to be no other injury concerns for Claud Puel’s men going into this one.
Manchester City claim the two leading players for combined goals and assists this season – Sergio Aguero (8 goals, 3 assists) and Leroy Sane (6 goals, 5 assists). They also have the top two assisters in the division (David Silva 7, Kevin De Bruyne 6); impressive to say the least.
Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester City (L1), including a 4-2 win in this exact fixture last campaign, in which Jamie Vardy scored to date his only Premier League hat-trick, and will be looking to these stats for some inspiration heading into Saturday afternoon.
An interesting tie for the neutrals to watch, with an array of talent on both sides of the field. The Foxes will have to pull out all the stops to pull off an upset in this one, and will be looking to their consistently outstanding home support to make them see the job through. City on the other hand couldn’t go into the game with more confidence, obliterating everything put in their path so far this season, but it’s still early doors, and the shouts and screams of an “Invincible” season are a little bit premature to say the least.