Premier League leaders Manchester City are aiming for a 13th successive victory in the league as they attempt to stay ahead of challengers Liverpool. Leicester City, managed by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, registered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Arsenal in their last outing. The Foxes remain in contention for European qualification and are just three points behind seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Since a December wobble, which saw defeats to both Leicester City and Newcastle United, Manchester City have been imperious in the league, winning 13 games on the bounce. Having bombed out of the Champions League, domestic success (and a possible treble winning season) is the primary focus for Pep Guardiola’s men.
The Citizens will be looking for a much stronger performance than they produced when losing the corresponding fixture earlier in the season. Central to success will be Sergio Aguero, who would equal his best ever season for PL home goals if he hits the back of the net on Monday. His current record for goals at the Etihad Stadium stands at 16 strikes in the 2011/12 season. Recently crowned as Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, Raheem Sterling will hope to see his outstanding form continue to the end of the season.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers once again has a hand in affecting a Manchester City chase for the Premier League title, having been involved in a title fight with Manchester’s boys in blue as boss of Liverpool back in 2013/14. While he claims he’s thinking only about the benefits of victory for current club Leicester City, there’s no doubt that victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night will be of huge help to his former club.
Since taking over from Claude Puel in February, Rodgers has led his side to a record of five wins, one draw and two losses from eight games. The run has kept them in contention for a possible European place as they currently sit just three points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers heading into the final two games of the season. While Wolves face an already relegated side in Fulham, victory is not a foregone conclusion for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men with the side from Craven Cottage having won three on the bounce under Scott Parker. Wolves also face title challengers Liverpool on the last day of the season so Leicester won’t be counting themselves out of competing in European competition next season, just yet.
Manchester City head into this Premier League clash as firm favourites for victory at 3/20 (1.15). Despite having one win against Manchester City already in the bank this season, Leicester City are very much outsiders to win at 17/1 (18.00).
Guardiola’s men may be firm favourites to win, but The Foxes are sure to register a goal, having scored in their last 10 away fixtures. In Jamie Vardy, they also have the player with more goals (31) against the current top six than any other player in the competition. Back Man City to win and both teams to score at 47/20 (2.35).