Amid an incredible run, Manchester City have not only established a three-point Premier League lead but also registered 11 goals without conceding a single goal in their last two games.
After a 4-0 win over lowly Newcastle United, they posted their third successive clean sheet last weekend, maintaining the best defensive record in the division, having conceded just nine goals. They have the lowest xG value against them as they only have an xG of 11.93 against them and 0.615 per 90 minutes. Leicester, on the other hand, have the second-highest xG against them per 90 minutes.
City had four different goalscorers at St James’ Park. Six names on the scoresheet in the 7-0 victory against Leeds a few days earlier shows the depth of attacking talent available to Pep Guardiola. They have the highest number of shots on target in the league, with 6.60 shots on target per 90 minutes.
Though Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his squad, the hosts could therefore be more or less unchanged with Riyad Mahrez, who scored his 50th Premier League goal last time out, joining Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus in the attack.
Leicester missed out on a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals by losing on penalties at Anfield. After establishing a 3-1 lead by just after the half-hour mark. The Foxes seemed set to seal a place in the final four, but Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino took the contest to penalties when he fired a late equalizer past Kasper Schmeichel.
Currently ninth in the Premier League table, the season as a whole has not been going to plan for the Foxes, who had won just one of their previous six games before beating Newcastle last time out in the top flight. Hoping that a 4-0 win over the Magpies would kickstart their poor campaign, Leicester were then hit by the postponement of games against Tottenham and Everton due to the impact of COVID-19.
Leicester beat Newcastle in their last game in the Premier League two weeks ago. They completely dominated the game and were in control throughout. Newcastle did make a lot of goal attempts, but the Foxes were able to hold off the opponents. Tielemans scored two goals for the Foxes and had the highest xG for them with his three shots on goal.
Jamie Vardy has been doing what he does the best – score goals. The striker has scored nine goals so far and is the third-highest scorer in the league. He had a dip in form recently and did not score a goal for four games but got two goals against Watford in November. He has a great goalscoring record against Manchester City and will look to have a huge impact on Saturday.
After putting seven past Leeds and netting four versus Newcastle, there is no reason to expect City to slow down heading into 2022, and the home side can pick up three points against the Foxes.
Manchester City predicted starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.
Leicester City predicted starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Castagne, Vestergaard, Ndidi, Thomas; Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Soumare; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes.