Leicester City have their work cut out for them against unbeaten Premier League league leaders Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Date: 18 November 2017
Match Day 12
Kick-off: 17H00 local time
Venue: King Power Stadium
Referee: G. Scott
Assistants: R. West, S. Ledger
Fourth official: N. Swarbrick
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Leicester 75 25 18 32
Manchester City 75 32 18 25
Manchester City 2-1 Leicester City 13/05/17 (Premier League)
Manchester City goalscorers: D. Silva (29′), G. Jesus (pen 36′)
Leicester City goalscorers: S. Okazaki (42′)
Players to watch
Jamie Vardy remains the Foxes biggest weapon in the final third, with six goals bagged this season, but Shinji Okazaki has also chipped in with five goals in all competitions.
Sergio Aguero has been in sensational form recently. The Argentine striker has scored in each of his last five Premier League games, which is one short of his consecutive goals scored record of six.
Team form and manager quotes
The Foxes have shown early signs of improvement since manager Claude Puel took over the reins at the King Power Stadium, beating Everton and drawing with Stoke City in their last two league games.
Puel’s men have climbed to 12th in the standings after briefly dropping into the relegation zone last month. They now have an opportunity to move into the top eight, should they beat their visitors this weekend.
Puel said, as quoted by the Leicester Mercury: “Leicester was champion with a live game, a game of counter-attacks; but the opponents adapt quickly and you can quickly be tactically defeated against other teams. To me to bring other answers. The path is long.
“In Southampton, I had a pre-season, friendlies and whole weeks to evolve the game. I could be more directive. Here, in Leicester, it’s different, I have to accompany the players, preserve their confidence, not ruffle their habits and their achievements.”
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s charges will simply be aiming for more of the same. The Sky Blues have been dominant in the league thus far, winning 10 and drawing one of their 11 fixtures.
City’s last few top-flight outings saw them thrash Burnley 3-0, edge out West Brom 3-2, and beat Arsenal 3-1. They are comfortably at the top of the standings and enjoy an eight-point lead over second-placed Manchester United.
“It’s not about the breaking of records,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference when asked about City’s unbeaten record. “We can do better, we can improve. We are here to do better than the day before.
“I’m so glad what we did against Arsenal. We came from a tough game in Napoli. We can do better. We still have a lot of things we can do better.
“Results are perfect but in terms of playing, knowing what will happen in December, it’s tough. We have to improve to control that in some situations.”
The visitors can become only the second team to win their first six away games in a Premier League season. The first team to achieve this was Chelsea in 2008.
Leicester are still unable to call upon Robert Huth, but Matty James could be back in action after recovering from an Achilles injury.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has a calf problem but could be fit enough to play, while Nicolas Otamendi is sidelined due to suspension.