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.
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.
19 December 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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