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Manchester City vs. Leicester City, Premier League 2017: Team News, Match Preview, Predictions

Leicester have caused City a lot of pain in recent meetings. Can we hunt the Foxes this time?

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Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend as they welcome Leicester City to the Etihad on Saturday. The final week of the season is a crucial one for City, who need three wins in their final three matches to secure automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage next season.

City come into this one in great form, unbeaten in five matches and coming off a sensational victory against Crystal Palace. The Sky Blues dominated the match and scored some amazing goals to beat a tough opponent and put themselves in pole position to finish in the Top 4.

The next big step towards a Champions League place is a win against Leicester, but that won't be easy. The combined score from the last two games between these two is a whopping 7-3 in favor of the Foxes, who won at the Etihad last season in the middle of their incredible title run, and destroyed the Blues at the King Power last November in the most painful loss of the Guardiola Era.

After a tough start to the season that led to Claudio Ranieri's sacking, the Foxes are finishing strong thanks to Craig Shakespeare's appointment. Leicester have virtually the same team and tactics as last season, and they'll be looking to get another shock result at the Etihad.

Can City hunt the Foxes this time around?


MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 2017, 12:30pm BST (UK), 7:30am ET, 4:30am PT (USA), 5pm IST (India)

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Referee: Bobby Madley

Television: Sky Sports 1 (UK), NBCSN (USA), SuperSport 3 (Africa), TSN1 (Canada), Star Sports Select HD1 (India), elsewhere

Online streaming: Sky GO (UK), NBC Sports Live (USA), FuboTV (USA, 7-day free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere


TEAM NEWS

Pep Guardiola is yet to name an unchanged side in the Premier League this season, and this may happen for the first time on Saturday. With no injuries to the team that beat Crystal Palace and the great performance AND result we saw last weekend, there's no reason to change a winning formula. But the return of John Stones from injury could throw some doubt into Guardiola's probable lineup, although the Englishman is likely to be on the bench.

Sergio Agüero has an outside chance of coming back into the team, but Gabriel Jesus will certainly start up front. The Brazilian didn't score against Palace, though his contribution was outstanding once again. The biggest doubt is at right-back: it was Fernandinho who got the nod against Palace, but Jesús Navas, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are all in contention to start. It all depends on Pep's plan for the game.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Man City (4-1-4-1)

Caballero; Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Touré; Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Sané; G.Jesus

Leicester (4-4-2)

Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Benalouane, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy


PREDICTION

Foxes down: 3-0 Manchester City. Hell yeah.