Leicester v Manchester City
Saturday 18th November, 15:00
Leicester now unbeaten in five
Leicester leaked a late equaliser against Stoke before the international break but that enthralling 2-2 draw stretched the Foxes' unbeaten Premier League streak to five. New boss Claude Puel, deemed dull and uninspiring at Southampton, confounded critics with an energised and attacking display in the Potteries.
Starting the exciting Demarai Gray in place of the more prosaic Marc Albrighton has given Leicester more thrust in the final-third whilst opposite winger Riyad Mahrez has now scored three goals in his last five fixtures, all under different managers, suggesting the Foxes will provide plenty of problems out wide.
The hosts will hope Vicente Iborra can recover from injury in time after picking up a knock in his impressive display at Stoke. Robert Huth is the only other first-team regular unavailable this weekend.
Manchester City's record-equalling start
Manchester City eased past Arsenal to make it nine successive victories and the Citizens tally of 31 points after 11 matches is the joint-best at this stage in Premier League history. City's stunning opening stanza also represents Pep Guardiola's finest start to a season as a senior head coach.
The visitors remain the lone unbeaten club in the country but need to make at least one enforced change. Centre-half Nicolas Otamendi is suspended, meaning Eliaquim Mangala may start his first Premier League game since May 2016, unless Vincent Kompany is passed fit.
Elsewhere, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling, who withdrew from the England squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil, will be checked but Sergio Aguero, who fainted at half-time in Argentina's friendly against Nigeria and was taken to hospital, should be able to feature.
Citizens hard to dismiss
Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester City (W2-D0-L1), including a 4-2 win here at the King Power Stadium last December, a contest in which Pep Guardiola described the Citizens' performance as "terrible".
The visitors were two goals down after only five minutes and three adrift after 20 minutes of action. Guardiola's decision to deploy a high defensive line backfired with Pablo Zabaleta caught out in a hybrid right-back/ holding midfield role. However, six of City's starting XI that day have left the club and the Citizens boss is unlikely to make the same mistakes again.
Man City 1.37 are bidding to become only the second team to win their first six away games to a Premier League campaign and have plundered 24 goals in their last eight away league dates. With 15 triumphs in 17 trips to sides outside the top-seven since the start of last season, it's difficult to dismiss City here.
Leicester's five-match unbeaten streak came against clubs currently below them in the Premier League standings and with the Foxes suffering five losses in eight when welcoming top-six clubs, it's hard to find the faith in the home side pocketing maximum points, even at generous 9.80 odds.
Expect goals to flow
Leicester's only defeats this season came against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool but the Foxes have managed to score in each of their last 12 at the KP, including against Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. With City requiring a defensive reshuffle, the hosts should be capable of getting on the scoresheet.
Nevertheless, Leicester have leaked at least three goals in four of the last six visits from top-six sides and with Manchester City scoring goals for fun, backing the Citizens to succeed in a high-scoring showdown appeals.
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