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Match Preview: Leicester City vs Manchester City

Can Leicester break the Manchester Machine?

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Leicester City 12th (3-4-4) vs Manchester City 1st (10-1-0)

Saturday 10:00 AM ET, King Power Stadium

Leicester City have had quite a run of fortune against Manchester Blue as of late. Apart from a 2-1 defeat in May last season, the Foxes have won twice and drawn once in the last four matches between them. Manchester City seem well oiled and their teeth champing at the bit to win their first title under Pep Guardiola. Their offense has 38 goals in the league to date and Leicester are currently only averaging one clean sheet per month.

How to Watch

NBCSN will be airing this match live on their network. You can also catch it via their app.

The Competition

While City’s offensive prowess is virtually known, they’ve been much more stable defensively as well this season. They’ve allowed only seven goals and managed six clean sheets along the way. They’ve experimented with Fabian Delph at left-back to some success, but I think he’s helped some by a team that devours possession.

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Fabian Delph of Manchester City and Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England.
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I like to imagine Kevin De Bruyne as a guy who’s ringtone is Corey Heart’s Sunglasses at Night and warms-up to Enya’s Orinocco Flow. Whatever zen master may have visited him in the night to give him his super powers, it’s hard not to route for the guy who seems like everybody’s favorite cousin. He’s a shoe-in nominee for player of the season and may have one helluva 2018 after the league ends, assuming Belgium can go the distance to World Cup Glory.

Two goals and six assists are just the start. He’s shooting with 50% accuracy, crossing with 33% accuracy, and averages 73 passes per match. If Leicester City want to come away with even a point, he’s surely a focal point for the defense.

Manchester City v Arsenal - Premier League
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Leroy Sane of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Manchester, England.
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The Foxes

After allowing Stoke to strike back from a goal down twice, although it was in my book two points dropped, it extended our unbeaten run and gave us a glimpse into the future of the squad under Claude Puel. The match certainly changed once Vicente Iborra went off due to injury and I’m hoping he’s healed over the break and can continue his blooming partnership with Wilfred Ndidi.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League
Vicente Iborra of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Bet365 Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.
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The History

Jamie Vardy’s hat trick brought the KP back to life on a cold December day last season in what was probably Claudio Ranieri’s last major victory at the helm. Since Leicester’s return to the Premier League the two sides have faced each other six times, winning twice, losing thrice and drawing once. They’ve also had some memorable cup ties, SOL SOL BAMBA, and face Manchester City in the next round of the League Cup in just about a month’s time.

The Prediction

Anything can happen in this tie as we’ve seen in the past. If a down-in-the-dumps Leicester can manage a 4-2 victory seemingly out of nowhere, it’s no reason not to think it could happen again. I’m staying positive right now, but the coffee may soon turn to bourbon if it gets ugly in a hurry.