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Foxes drop crazy 2-1 result at Manchester City to round out away fixtures

It wasn’t the greatest performance from Leicester but we’ve come to expect that this season.

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Luck certainly wasn't in Leicester's favor today as they fell 2-1 to Top 4 chasers Manchester City at the Etihad. The Foxes entered the game with a makeshift defence after an injury to Robert Huth, which meant Christian Fuchs shifted into central defence to partner Yohan Benalouane, while Ben Chilwell came in at left back. After Man City ripped apart a similarly structured back four at Crystal Palace last week this was always gonna be a tough one for the visitors.

The hosts looked to get the ball rolling early, as Fernandinho came close in the 4th minute off a corner, but the Brazilian's header flashed just wide of goal.

Manchester City v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

City continued to create early chances as Benalouane was needed to provide a vital headed clearance to deny Kevin De Bruyne an easy tap-in a few minutes later.

After a couple near-scares the Foxes nearly bagged an unlikely lead courtesy of Wilfred Ndidi, who was able to get on the end of a Marc Albrighton corner, but was unable to hit the target with a bullet header of his own.

Unfortunately the hosts began to dominate just after the 20-minute mark. Raheem Sterling was able to get in behind the Leicester defence and flash a ball across goal and caused absolute havoc in the Leicester 6-yard box. Riyad Mahrez made a vital goal-line clearance, while King was able to get in front of the follow-up.

Man City took the lead in the 29th minute, albeit controversially. Leroy Sané's cross met David Silva, whose first time effort found the back of the net, but not without Sterling, who was clearly in an offside position, sticking a leg out in attempt to affect the play, which under the new rules should result in the goal being disallowed. Unfortunately Bobby Madley and his crew saw nothing wrong with the play and allowed the goal to stand, much to the dismay of the visitors.

Manchester City v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The hosts were able to double their lead in the 36th minute after a wild sliding challenge from Benalouane took Sané in the box. Gabriel Jesus stepped up and sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way to make it 2-0.

Things weren't looking too good for the Foxes as halftime approached, but Shinji Okazaki had other ideas. The Japanese international was able to meet Albrighton's cross with a sensational left footed volley into the top corner to swing momentum in Leicester's favor.

That momentum translated into the second half, but Leicester were unable to create many clear-cut chances.

Luckily for the Foxes a decision finally went their way as Gael Clichy brought down Riyad Mahrez in the area to give the Foxes a penalty. Mahrez stepped up to take, but slipped as he took it, so although it found the back of the net, it was instantly disallowed since he'd taken two touches in the process, which basically summed up Leicester's luck in the game, as it finished 2-1.

Manchester City v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

With nothing to play for and a mountain of injuries, it was nice to see Leicester looking competitive against one of the most talented teams in the league. That said, the Foxes will need something to go their way if they're to pick up points on Thursday's clash with Tottenham.