Tuesday 19 Dec

Leicester City vs Manchester City- Match Preview

18 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: EFL Cup

Leicester City

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19:45 GMT
19 December 2017

Manchester City

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19:45 GMT 19 December 2017

There’s less than a week until Christmas Day and there is a brief break from Premier League action for the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup. In the biggest tie, high-flying Manchester City make the trip south to face Leicester City, who are enjoying life under their new manager. It doesn’t look like anyone will be able to stop Man City in their fantastic form but Leicester will be hopeful of securing a place in the semi-final of the competition.


  • Leicester have improved massively since the arrival of Claude Puel are currently occupying 8th place in the Premier League. But after winning four consecutive matches in the league, they were taken apart by Crystal Palace in their last match in front of their own fans as they lost 3-0 in arguably their worst performance of the season. They have beaten Sheffield United, Liverpool and Leeds United to get this far.
  • Man City are bulldozing everyone in their way at the moment and are on an unstoppable record-breaking run of form in the league. They comfortably beat Tottenham 4-1 in their last match thanks to another show-stopping performance from Kevin De Bruyne. They have only had to overcome two sides in this season’s tournament and they had to rely on penalties to get past Wolves in the last 16 after squeezing past West Brom.
  • While Islam Slimani hasn’t featured for Leicester in the league, he is the competition’s current leading goalscorer with four goals. He may not feature on Tuesday night though.
  • Man City have only scored two goals in the EFL cup this term and they both came courtesy of Leroy Sane.


The last meeting between these two sides came just over a month ago and it saw Man City run out 2-0 winners as Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne scored either side of half-time. However, the Foxes have a decent recent record against their upcoming opponents in the last few years with two wins and a draw in their last five, both wins by a margin of two goals. Both teams have scored in three of the last five meetings.


It will be a tough task for Leicester to progress against the current best team in Europe and especially without their box-to-box midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, who is suspended after being sent-off against Crystal Palace for a theatrical dive in the box. His void will probably be filled by Andy King.

Latest matches: Leicester City

16.12.2017 Prem Leicester City Crystal Palace 0:3 L
13.12.2017 Prem Southampton FC Leicester City 1:4 W
09.12.2017 Prem Newcastle United Leicester City 2:3 W
02.12.2017 Prem Leicester City Burnley FC 1:0 W
28.11.2017 Prem Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur 2:1 W


A mass rotation is expected for the Premier League leaders as they look to keep their strongest squad fit for the busy festive schedule. They won’t have John Stones, Vincent Kompany or Benjamin Mendy available for the cup clash but should have enough quality to make it through to the semi-final.

Latest matches: Manchester City

16.12.2017 Prem Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur 4:1 W
13.12.2017 Prem Swansea City Manchester City 0:4 W
10.12.2017 Prem Manchester United Manchester City 1:2 W
06.12.2017 UEFA FC Shakhtar Donetsk Manchester City 2:1 L
03.12.2017 Prem Manchester City West Ham United 2:1 W


Ahead of the famous busy Premier League fixture list, both sides will rotate their squads and with the better strength-in-depth, it’s hard to see past a Man City victory. Leicester have been good in front of their fans this term and they will be hoping that their fans can inspire them to an unlikely win but Pep Guardiola’s second-string team should be far too good for the Foxes.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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