Leicester v Man City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 18/12/18
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Leicester v Manchester City and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s League Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Leicester v Manchester City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 18/12/18
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
League Cup Holders, Man City, travel to the King Power stadium to take on Leicester in the Quarter Final stage of this year’s competition. The two sides met at the same stage of the competition last season with City prevailing on penalties after the two sides were all square after normal time.
It’s tough to know how City will approach this game in terms of what side they will put out. They have used this competition as a way of getting the rest of their squad some game time. They are overwhelming favourites for this game though at 2/5 and they should have enough quality in the squad to get past Leicester.
Leicester have found it tough in front of goal of late but they’ll hope to get the better of a City side that will make changes. With Jamie Vardy back in the side the Foxes will have a legitimate goal threat once again and he is 17/2 (Bet365) to score first in this one and lift the roof of the King Power. Both teams score in this game is 10/11 (Bet365) and I’d feel confident about that with Leicester having a lot more going forward with Vardy up top and the changes to Man City’s backline.
One player I think could struggle for the holders is Vincent Kompany. Now I’m not slating him and saying he’s a bad player but I think it’s fair to say that he has struggled of late with some rash challenges at times, his tackle against Burnley springs to mind. I think the counter attacking style that Leicester have could see him become a bit exposed particularly with the pace that the Foxes have in attack. Kompany is 9/2 (Sky Bet)to be shown a card in the match.
The Foxes are bound to put in spirited display against the holders and I think they will cause a few problems but I think Man City will have enough to get through to the last four. Leicester have needed penalties in their last two League Cup games and they also took Man City to penalties last year. You can get 8/1 for Man City to go through on penalties in this match. However I think this game will be settled in normal time, Man City to win and both teams to score is 39/20 (888 Sport) and I think that’s a good angle with the quality that Man City possess in attack.
Leicester will hope that England international Ben Chilwell can shake off a knee injury to start at left-back.
Vardy and Maguire should also keep their spots having featured against Palace at the weekend.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki will both be pushing for a start.
As for Man City, Guardiola has already confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will start. The midfielder has struggled with knee ligament injuries this season but will be in the XI on Tuesday night.
Arijanet Muric is expected to start between the sticks, while the likes of John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Vincent Kompany and Phil Foden should come into the team.
Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane could be the front three for the visitors.
Potential Leicester Starting XI: Ward, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Gray, Vardy
Potential Manchester City Starting XI: Muric, Walker, Stones, Kompany, Zinchenko, Foden, Delph, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Sane
Head To Head
- These two have met 115 times with Man City winning 57 with Leicester winning 29.
Key Stats & Facts
- Leicester have not beaten Man City since a 4-2 home win two years ago.
- Man City are unbeaten in the league cup since October 2016.
- Leicetser 8/1
- Draw 9/2
- Manchester City 4/11
These two teams are familiar with each other in this competition and I expect a hard fought match on Tuesday night.
Man City will make changes and could find themselves in a spot of bother against what is sure to be a spirited Leicester side.
However I think with the talent that Man City have all over the pitch should see them come out on top.
Leicester will look to get at the backline of Man City and they could cause Vincent Kompany a few issues on the break with the pace that they have with Vardy, Gray and Iheanacho.