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Leicester vs Man City – Team news, Head-to-Head and More

Two of the Premier League’s top three go head-to-head on Saturday as Leicester host Manchester City .

Neither side have featured in the top-flight since mid-March as they both progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals before the international break.

The Foxes had put a sticky patch behind them with two consecutive wins, while City were on a title procession with a staggering 24 victories in their last 25 games.

Pep Guardiola’s men are 14 points clear at the top of the table, although Leicester still have some work to do if they want to stay inside the top four.

Leicester vs Man City: Team news

James Maddison will return to Leicester’s squad to face City.

The England midfielder has been out since late February with a hip injury but has been back in training this week.

Ricardo Pereira is also in contention after a hamstring problem but Harvey Barnes and James Justin remain sidelined.

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Maddison is having his best-scoring Premier League season with eight goals so far

Leaders Manchester City look to have a full-strength squad available for the trip to the King Power Stadium.

Manager Pep Guardiola has reported no fresh fitness concerns following the international break.

The City boss did admit, however, that not all players had been assessed as they were still waiting for negative Covid-19 test results before they could rejoin the squad for training.

Leicester vs Man City: What has been said

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “I don’t think there’s any doubt they [Man City] will go on and win the league. They’ve shown a great level of consistency.

“We of course want to make it as difficult as we possibly can because we want to finish as high as we can.

“Their consistency over a long period of this season sees them out in front and if they go on and win the league, they will be deserving of it.

“All the teams they have to play will want to make sure they have to fight and have to earn it, and they will expect that.”

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Guardiola’s men are running away with the title

Man City manager Guardiola: “Top class team [Leicester]. We have eight games left, for them nine, and they are third in the Premier League so it means they have done incredibly well, incredible.

“But not just this season last season as well. In the previous ones they were champions with Ranieri time ago and since then they have always been there.

“They lose players but they rebuild the team. They continue to be so solid, so competitive, they have my admiration for all the club.

“It’s not just for a half season, one season, it’s for a long time really well.”

Leicester vs Man City: Match facts

Leicester are looking to complete their first league double over Manchester City since the 1986-87 season, following their 5-2 win at the Etihad earlier this season.

Manchester City have alternated between defeat (2) and victory (2) in their last four Premier League away games against Leicester, winning this exact fixture 1-0 last season.

Leicester City won the reverse of this fixture 5-2 in September – no team has ever scored six league goals in a single season against a side managed by Pep Guardiola before.

Leicester could become just the fourth team to complete a league double over a side managed by Pep Guardiola, after Chelsea in 2016-17 and Manchester United and Wolves last season.

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Defeat could leave Rodgers looking over his shoulder at the top four race

Manchester City have conceded just eight away goals in the Premier League this season, with Tottenham in November the only side to score more than once at home to the Citizens this term (2-0). Man City have won each of their last eight away league games by an aggregate score of 22-3.

Leicester are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the fourth time this season, and first since January. However, the Foxes have lost 13 of their last 15 Premier League meetings against the league leaders (D2) since winning 1-0 at Manchester United in January 1998.

Manchester City have won their last 14 away games in all competitions, extending the all-time record among teams in England’s top four tiers. The Citizens have also kept more clean sheets (27) and conceded fewer goals (26) in all competitions among all teams in Europe’s top five leagues.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in nine Premier League games against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, twice as many top-flight goals as any other player has netted against sides managed by the Spaniard.

Two of Vardy’s three Premier League hat-tricks have come against Guardiola’s City, in December 2016 and in the reverse fixture at the Etihad this season.

Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games, netting his first ever hat-trick in the competition against Sheffield United last time out. With six league goals this term, this is the Nigerian’s best goalscoring season in the Premier League since his maiden campaign with Man City in 2015-16 (8).

Man City’s Riyad Mahrez has been involved in 11 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts (8 goals, 3 assists). The Algerian has also been involved in four goals in his last three league appearances against former side Leicester City (2 goals, 2 assists).

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