Leicester City vs Manchester City: The English Premier League will see an exciting day of fixtures on Boxing Day.
The Foxes will host the Blues for a second time this week albeit for an EPL fixture. During their previous encounter, Leicester were eliminated in the EFL “Carabao” Cup quarterfinals. Given this previous result, the Foxes will look for revenge as they host England’s champions on Wednesday.
Manchester City, on the other hand, will look to bounce back in the league. The Blues suffered a setback over the weekend as they were shocked by Crystal Palace. City are now four points adrift from the EPL’s top spot. The Blues cannot afford another mix-up, and if they hope to retain the EPL title this season, they will need to win this match.
Leicester City are without Daniel Amartey, who is recovering from a broken ankle injury.
Manchester City are without the injured Claudio Bravo, Benjamin Mendy, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
- Manchester City are vying for a fourth consecutive win against Leicester in the Premier League.
- Leicester have won just two of the past 16 meetings in all competitions, most recently at home in December 2016 when Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick.
- The Foxes earned a first league win in four attempts at the expense of Chelsea on Saturday.
- Claude Puel’s side have registered just four wins in 15 league games at the King Power Stadium since the beginning of February (D6, L5).
- Leicester have lost all four of their Premier League Boxing Day fixtures since promotion in 2014. Their only Boxing Day Premier League win in 12 attempts came at Sheffield Wednesday 20 years ago.
- Jamie Vardy has scored 13 goals in his past 15 league appearances against the established top six sides.
- James Maddison has created 41 goalscoring chances in the Premier League this season, more than any other English player.
- It’s two defeats in three league games for City, as many as they had lost in their previous 61 top-flight matches.
- Manchester City could lose back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time since January 2017.
- The team in second place on Christmas Day has not gone on to be Premier League champions since Manchester United in 2007-08.
- They have won four successive Boxing Day fixtures, and eight of their last 10. Their only defeat in that run came against Sunderland in 2012.
- Pep Guardiola’s side have only kept one clean sheet in their past eight Premier League matches.
- Sergio Aguero scored four goals in City’s most recent league game against Leicester, a 5-1 home victory in February. He is two short of 250 career league goals.
Leicester have only won seven out of their 18 EPL matches this season and have a goal difference of positive one, having scored 22 goals whilst conceding 21. Nonetheless, they have had some impressive results this season, where they most recently defeated Chelsea over the weekend. Given this result, Leicester will look to accomplish yet another unlikely result on Boxing Day as they host Manchester City.
Meanwhile, the Blues will need to win this match in order to keep pace with Liverpool, the current league leaders. If City hope to retain the EPL title, the Blues cannot afford another slip-up against lower league opponents. Otherwise, they may not win the league this season.
Manchester City have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight fixtures in all competitions. With this statistic in mind, it is predicted City will struggle to keep yet another clean sheet. Nonetheless, it is predicted the Blues will edge out a narrow win.