Manchester City continue their push for the Premier League title when they host Leicester at the Etihad on Monday night. If Liverpool ever needed a favour from a former manager, they will certainly be looking in the direction of Brendan Rodgers, in the hope that his Leicester team can continue their good form and spoil the party. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and as ever we have plenty of value with our enhanced odds for the game.
Can Leicester Spoil The Party?
With a trip to a Brighton side that have struggled badly for form of late on the final day, this represents the most likely fixture where City could slip up and hand the initiative in the title race back to Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers would surely love to do his old side a favour, even if he himself won’t be receiving a winners medal, though the Foxes will primarily be concerned with overturning the odds to achieve an unlikely seventh-place finish and potentially qualify for Europe next term.
Leicester Recent Form
Following a defeat against Newcastle and a stalemate with the Hammers, Leicester returned to winning ways by dismantling Arsenal 3-0 at the King Power.
They may have benefited from the Gunners enduring a first-half red card with the game still goalless, while the margin of victory was given some extra gloss by two goals from Jamie Vardy in the final five minutes, though they were the dominant team throughout and in all truth the scoreline didn’t really flatter them after Bernd Leno was forced into a string of fine saves.
However, Unai Emery’s outfit have been truly dreadful on their travels since the start of December and reigning champions City will be an altogether different proposition.
Paul Dickov Previews Man City v Leicester
Jamie Vardy has been revitalized under Rodgers and his brace against the Gunners leaves him with 18 goals for the season, with 10 of them coming in Leicester’s nine matches since Claude Puel was given the boot as he’s only failed to net on two occasions.
His record versus the ‘Big Six’ is frankly excellent, with 32 goals in 47 meetings across all tournaments since 2015/16 where he played at least 20 minutes.
That includes 18 strikes from 22 matches since the start of last season as he netted in 15 of these games, as well as five goals from his six against City alone since 2016/17.
He also demonstrated an appetite for the big occasion as he notched up successful efforts in ties with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid during the knockout stages of the 2016/17 Champions League, while of his seven England goals, four came against footballing royalty in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
Man City v Leicester Betting Tips
His labour has certainly helped Leicester cause Man City problems in the past, with the head-to-heads an even W3-D3-L3 since 2015/16, as their two clashes this season yielded a win for the Foxes in the league and a draw in the League Cup (City went on to triumph on penalties).
However, Brendan Rodgers could only claim a W3-D5-L9 record away to ‘Big Six’ sides in league action during his time with Liverpool, though his team scored in all but three of these, as both teams registered on the board in 11.
Both teams have actually netted in seven of eight head-to-head meetings across all competitions since February 2016, though given City have only triumphed by more than two goals in one encounter from 12 matches since 2013/14, the Foxes look an excellent price on the Asian handicap as well.
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