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Manchester City vs. Leicester City, Premier League 2017: Players to Watch

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The Foxes come to town again. Can we win this time?

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manchester City return to Premier League action and kick off the last week of the season at home against Leicester City on Saturday. City need three wins in their final three games to secure Champions League qualification, but getting a victory against the Foxes hasn't been easy lately.

Leicester dominated City in the last two meetings, with two convincing wins at the Etihad and at the King Power. The 3-1 win last season was the moment when Leicester made it clear they were going to be champions, and the 4-2 thrashing in Leicester last November was maybe the worst result of Pep Guardiola's career at City so far.

Somehow the Foxes have been able to beat the Blues with ease in recent meetings, but City will be looking to change that as they race for a top-four finish.

Here's a few players who could impact the match:

Wilfried Ndidi

The Nigerian midfielder has been one of the stars of Leicester's improved form under Craig Shakespeare, as the 20-year-old established himself in the midfield and showed a lot of great qualities. Ndidi is a very good defensive midfielder who provides protection to the back line, while also showing a knack for goals, scoring twice for the Foxes since his January move from Genk.

Without the injured Danny Drinkwater in midfield, Ndidi will have to step up even more to give Leicester a chance against City.

Nicolas Otamendi

The Argentine defender has been under scrutiny and criticism since his move to City, but has stepped up his form in recent weeks thanks to the return of captain Vincent Kompany and has begun to show why he cost so much: his anticipation and pace are crucial for a Pep Guardiola defender, and Otamendi really looks like a world class defender with Kompany by his side.

Otamendi will be key against the pace of Leicester's forwards, and after adding a goal against Crystal Palace last weekend, Otamendi will be full of confidence and looking to put on another good performance.

Jamie Vardy

The England international was one of the biggest stars of Leicester's title run last season, but just like the rest of the team, he fell off a cliff this season and couldn't get it going. But the sacking of Claudio Ranieri changed everything: with the Foxes back to basics and playing the same style that made them champions, Vardy started to score again.

In fact, he's scored 9 times in 15 appearances since Shakespeare's appointment, and his incredible pace and finishing ability are on display every weekend once again. Vardy got a hat-trick in the last game against City, and he'll be looking for more goals on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne

Oh, Kevin De Bruyne... The chant echoed around the Etihad Stadium last weekend when the Belgian destroyed Palace almost by himself and showed the world why he's one of the top playmakers in the Premier League. After a poor run of form in March and April, De Bruyne is back to his best.

Kevin leads the Premier League with 15 assists and finally added a goal against Palace to improve his numbers. De Bruyne has hit the woodwork 10 times this season, a truly incredible stat that shows that he's been really unlucky in front of goal. He's still an amazing player, though, and must have another great game if City are to beat Leicester.