Manchester City travel to Leicester on Saturday afternoon with two things on their agenda: three points and a slice of revenge.
It was Leicester who inflicted City’s first home defeat of the season, and it was the first time the blues had lost their opening home fixture in the top flight since Southampton won 2-1 in August 1989. That 5-2 defeat saw City concede three penalties and Jamie Vardy scoring a hat-trick as the blues struggled at the start of the season.
Since then, City have propelled up the league to open a 15 point gap over their hosts, and victory for City will almost certainly knock the Foxes out of the title race.
Leicester are unbeaten in four matches, winning three and drawing one, a 1-1 with Burnley at Turf Moor. The last time they lost at home was the last game in February, when Arsenal won 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have suffered some surprise home defeats this season, losing to West Ham (0-3), Aston Villa (0-1), Fulham (1-2), Everton (0-2) and Leeds (1-3), meaning they have lost more matches at home than they have on their journeys. Leicester have won just half of their 14 home games their away form, winning 10 form 15, is the only reason they are 3rd in the table.
Jamie Vardy is once again the main threat from Leicester, scoring 14 goals form 31 matches. Vardy has had a total of 56 shots form 31 games, meaning a goal conversion of 25%. With 58, Harvey Barnes has had the most shots in the Leicester line-up, and has scored 13, with former blue Kelechi Iheanacho just behind on 12 from 28 matches, which gives him the highest goal conversion rate at 40%.
Assists have come mainly form Vardy and James Maddison, who have 7 each, however Maddison has a better pass accuracy with 82%. Youri Tielemans has attempted the most passes in the Leicester midfield with 2,489, completing 2,055 form 40 games, giving him a pass accuracy of 83%. Tielemans also has 5 assists this season so far.
Who’s The Boss?
Brendan Rodgers is the man in charge and has managed 100 Foxes games so far. The former Liverpool manager has a win percentage of 53%, higher than the 51.2% achieved when he was the boss at Anfield, although he managed 66 more games in his time on Merseyside.
Iheanacho and Riyad Mahrez are the most recent connections to Leicester. Paul Dickov joined Leicester in 2002 after 6 years at City. Ben Thatcher, Spencer Prior and Kasper Schmeichel have all represented both clubs.
Leicester have won just two of their last ten matches against City, and last season’s match at the King Power saw City win 1-0 thanks to a Gabriel Jesus goal, after the Brazilian had missed an earlier penalty (City missing a penalty? Never!!!).