Fri. Jan 28th, 2022

    Date: Sunday 26th December, 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Stadium  Etihad Stadium
    Referee     Chris Kavanagh (England)
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    Team News

    Manchester City
    Given the difficulties of their top-flight contemporaries at the moment, City appear to be relatively unscathed by injury or illness, with only two men expected to miss out on Leicester’s visit.

    Kyle Walker could be sidelined once again, having missed the wins over Leeds and Newcastle last week, while Ferran Torres – who is still recovering from a foot injury – remains out of commission, with the Spain forward close to completing his move to Barcelona.

    Though Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his resources, the hosts could therefore be more or less unchanged, with Riyad Mahrez – who scored his 50th Premier League goal last time out – joining Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus in attack.
    Manchester City possible starting lineup:
    Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

    Leicester City
    Leicester, meanwhile, have not been so fortunate in evading COVID-19, as players including Ayoze Perez, Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jannik Vestergaard have all recently tested positive – though they were all back on the bench in midweek. Harvey Barnes and Timothy Castagne are, though, set to miss out at the Etihad Stadium.

    Both Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Wesley Fofana (ankle) are unavailable too, so Brendan Rodgers could opt to field Wilfred Ndidi in the back four again, particularly if Vestergaard requires more time to recover and Caglar Soyuncu is ruled out.

    The Foxes’ Turkish centre-back came off early against Liverpool, and there is concern that he may have aggravated a hamstring problem he has only just returned from. So at perhaps the worst possible time – given City’s goalscoring prowess – Leicester are set to be seriously depleted in defence.
    Leicester City possible starting lineup:
    Schmeichel; Albrighton, Vestergaard, Ndidi, Thomas; Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Soumare; Maddison, Daka, Lookman

    Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Leicester City

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