Manchester City will look to take another step towards the Premier League title when they host Leicester City on Monday.
City are second in the table, two points behind Liverpool who won 3-2 at Newcastle United yesterday. A loss in that game would have handed the title to City, but Liverpool secured a vital win. City do have a game in hand, and winning that would put them back on top. With two games to go, Pep Guardiola’s side is in a strong position to win its second consecutive Premier League title.
Domestically, City’s form has been incredible. They have won their last 12 Premier League games. Their recent defeat came to Newcastle back in January. City went out of the Champions League in that time, but they have continued to be strong in the league. In the last five league games, they have conceded just one goal. City have started to grind out efficient wins, like the 1-0 win at Burnley last week.
The Clarets were offering stubborn resistance, but Sergio Aguero’s goal gave his side a 1-0 win. It was an impressive win in the title race for City. After Leicester, they will play Brighton in the last game of the season. Both these games look favorable on paper, but Guardiola can’t take anything for granted. As City are out of the Champions League, we should see a strong side for both the games left.
Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers will hope to spoil City’s charge to the title. Since replacing Claude Puel, Rodgers has impressed at the King Power Stadium. They are currently 9th in the table, and they can finish as high as seventh. If they do that, they could qualify for next season’s Europa League. But they would need to win both of their remaining games, starting with City on Monday.
The Foxes are on a decent run, and they have claimed 10 points out of the last 15 on offer. Last week they thrashed Arsenal 3-0 at the King Power Stadium. It was an impressive performance, arguably the best in Rodgers’ time. Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy got the goals, and both of them enjoyed playing under Rodgers. Tielemans is on loan from Monaco, and the young midfielder has impressed alongside James Maddison. Vardy has taken up his game a notch, leading from the front like always.
Fernandinho is the only injury doubt for City. He is out with a knee injury, and he did not feature against Burnley. If he fails to recover, Ilkay Gundogan should deputize yet again for the Brazilian. Leicester have no injury concerns. Rodgers has a full squad at his disposal, and Leicester will give their best against City.
Manchester City vs Leicester City Prediction
The home side will be the favorites in this one, and City should win to go top of the table. Leicester will not sit back, and we should see goals in this one. Expect the total goals to be more than 2.5 in this game. The city should claim the three points despite Leicester’s best efforts.
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