Manchester City welcome Leicester City to Manchester on a weekend that sees the blues women’s team head in the other direction to face the Foxes in the FA Cup.
The Foxes have made an impressive start to the new season, winning both their matches, scoring seven goals in the process, but have conceded two (it doesn’t take a genius to average that at one per game).
Leicester started the season with a 3-0 opening day win at West Brom, before defeating Burnley 4-2 in their first home match of the season. However, Leicester were defeated earlier in the week in the League Cup as Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the League Cup by beating the Foxes 2-0, the first time the team have failed to score this season.
The visitors will be hoping to inflict City’ first defeat of the season, but have not beaten the Blues in Manchester since February 2016, Leicester’s first win on blue soil in thirteen years.
Leicester we deposed from top spot in the Premier League by Everton, who won 2-1 at Crystal Palace to maintain their perfect start to the campaign.
Who’s In And Out?
Leicester lost defender Ben Chilwell over the close season after
accepting a bid from Chelsea of around £50m, but that is the only big name they
have allowed to leave. They spent £21m of that money on Atalanta full back Timothy
Castagne, who can play at both right and left back.
Zach Booth joined the club a day later from Real Salt Lake, while attacking midfielder Thanawat Suengchitthawon joined from French side AS Nancy on a free transfer.
Who’s The Boss?
Brendan Rodgers took the reigns at Leicester in 2019 and helped guide
the team to fifth in the Premier League, missing out on a Champions League slot
by just four points.
Jamie Vardy remains the obvious danger. He has scored two goals
so far for Leicester this season and has only had two shots on target, meaning
a shot accuracy of 100%. Dennis Praet, Harvey Barnes, Timothy Castagne and James
Justin all have a goal apiece. Praet is the main danger to City, having one
goal and one assist from three games, with a pass accuracy of 89%
Previous Matches Against City
City have won the last four at home to Leicester by an aggregate
score of 11-3, and encouragingly for the blues, City have only lost seven times
at home in this fixture since their first meeting back in March 1895. In 60 league
and cup matches, City have won 39 matches with 13 draws.
Leicester have only scored one goal in the first half so far this season, with six coming in the second half. City’s only goal conceded came in the second half at Wolves and will therefore need to be more on their guard in the second period of Sunday’s match.
If you ever wanted to find the last time City lost their opening top flight home game of the season, you’d have to look way back to 1989 when Southampton recorded a 2-1 win at Maine Road