LEI vs MCI Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
After Liverpool’s nervy 3-2 win over Newcastle United saw a change at the top of the table, Manchester City could reclaim the summit back when they host Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool were drawing 2-2 when Mohamed Salah suffered a head injury. The Egypt international had to be taken off, and the Reds lost all their fluidity and momentum. At that time, the match was heading towards a draw, which meant, Manchester City had the opportunity to wrap up the title on Monday against Leicester City.
However, Divock Origi scored the 86th-minute winner off the bench which saw Liverpool leapfrogging Manchester City at the top. And for sure, the title race will go down to the wire, regardless of what happens at the Etihad Stadium.
That said, Manchester City can’t afford to lose the match. Even a draw would feel like a defeat, for it will take their Premier League destiny out of their hands. A will take Pep Guardiola’s team back to the top with a one-point advantage over Reds heading into the final week of the current Premier League season.
Leicester City meanwhile are building towards something special once again, if their results under Brendan Rodgers are anything to go by. The Foxes have had some remarkable results in a very short space of time ever since the former Liverpool manager took over the King Power Stadium.
The Premier League match will be played between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium, in Manchester. The ground has a capacity of 55,097.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Tuesday, April 7.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester City – L W W W W W
Leicester City – W W W L D W
Injured – Kevin de Bruyne is out for Manchester City.
While Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are lacking the match fitness to feature.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: With Fernandinho possibly missing out on the match, Pep Guardiola could go with the same combination he used against Burnley last weekend. That said, either Leroy Sane or Riyad Mahrez will be required on one side of the wing.
İlkay Gündoğan is expected to start in the heart of the midfield.
Probable XI: Ederson (GK), Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, B. Silva, Gundogan, D. Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero
Injured – No fresh injury concerns for Leicester City with Daniel Amartey remaining on the sidelines.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: The 3-0 win against Arsenal was almost perfect and Brendan Rodgers has no reason to flirt with the winning combination.
That said, Rodgers could still make some changes. Hamza Choudhury was a surprise inclusion in the playing 11 and it will be interesting to see whether he keeps his place here.
Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes will be pushing for a start here if Rodgers look to shuffles his pack against City.
Jonny Evans should be preferred at center-back even if Wes Morgan is fit and available this weekend.
Probable XI: Schmeichel (GK), Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi; Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last three games
Raheem Sterling – 3, 9.5, 1.5
Jamie Vardy – 19, 10.5, 2
Sergio Aguero – 12, 2.5, 8
James Maddison – 10.5, 4, 4
Bernardo Silva – 6, 15, 5.5
Gundogan – 5, 11.5, 6
Stats and facts:
Manchester City are on a 12-game winning streak in the Premier League.
Manchester City have kept 5 clean sheets in the last seven home games in the Premier League.
Leicester are in good scoring touch as they have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games.
Leicester‘s 2-1 win in the reverse fixture earlier in the season was their first win in four league games against Manchester City.
If Leicester win this game, they will be doing a league double over Manchester City for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
This game come on Monday and Leicester will have to defy the history as they have never won away on this day in the Premier League.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
When Bernardo Silva has a good game, City looks unstoppable. He sets the tempo and can open up any defense in the world. He will have a lot of the ball and is always a threat in front of the goal as well.
While Jamie Vardy could be a good option as well. He has been in good scoring record of late, especially under Brendan Rodgers.
Other options for captain and vice-captain: Gundogan, Sane, Ndidi, Maddison
Goalkeeper: K. Schmeichel
Defenders: Laporte, Walker, Maguire, Chilwell
Midfielders: B. Silva (C), Gundogan, Maddison, W Ndidi (VC)
Forwards: R Sterling, J. Vardy
LEI vs MCI Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
LEI vs MCI Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester City are favorite to win the game.