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Match Preview: Manchester City vs Leicester City

Leicester hope to reignite their season at the home of the eventual champions.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City 1st (22-3-1) vs Leicester City 8th (9-8-9)

Saturday 12:30 PM ET. Live from the Etihad on NBC.

Both teams sputtered to draws last week and will be seeking wining ways once more. This fixture has not lacked the goal scoring in recent years, so prepare for a wild one down to the finish.

The Opposition

Manchester City will be champions this season, no doubt about it, how big of a margin is up to them. A draw last week against Burnley meant they’d dropped points for only the fourth time this season. A loss against Leicester won’t do their title aspirations any damage, but with Champions League starting back up next week, it could dent some confidence.

Burnley v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Looking like a Sith Lord, Pep Guardiola played some mind games only naming six subs for their match against Burnley. Was it a subtle dig at the lack of Riyad Mahrez in their squad? We may never truly know.

The Foxes

Clinical finishing must have a been a focal point in training this week as the Foxes missed out on an easy three points thanks to some wayward shots, and fortunate blocks. If Mahrez comes back into the fold, I fully expect to be brimming with confidence against the side that deemed him cheaper than a centerback.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier League
Party Vardy.
Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Jamie Vardy loves a goal against Manchester City. You might remember his hat trick last season being one of the brighter points of a stressful campaign. I remember the cold, dark look in Pep’s eyes knowing he only had Sergio Aguero to score goals for him, instead of the party that is Jamie Vardy.

The Prediction

A 2-1 win will do nicely for the Foxes here. Probably expect more goals, but hey, the blue of Manchester could always have another off day.