Leicester City vs Manchester City preview: Uncertainty remains over Ederson and Jesus availability

By Ric Turner, Fri 10 September 2021 14:18

Leicester City vs Manchester City preview: Uncertainty remains over Ederson and Jesus availabilityDispute with Brazilian FA and FIFA ongoing with no resolution yet

Leicester City vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 11th September 2021

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: C Hatzidakis, N DAvies Fourth Official: A Madley VAR: A Marriner

Odds: Leicester 9/2, Draw 3/1, City 4/7

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Leicester City

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Squad (from): Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic, Soyuncu, Bertrand, Evans, Amartey, Pereira, Vestergaard, Castagne, Thomas, Barnes, Tielemans, Maddison, ALbrighton, Choudhury, Ndidi, Soumare, Vardy, Iheanacho, Daka, Lookman

Injured: Justin, Fofana, Mendy

Doubtful: Vestergaard, Evans,

Suspended: Perez

Form guide: LWWLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Pamer, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Steffen

Doubtful: Delap, De Bruyne, Foden

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WLLWW

It remains unclear as to whether or not Ederson and Gabriel Jesus will be available for selection, following a dispute between the Premier League and FIFA. Zack Steffen is ruled out after testing positive for Covid, so 36 year old Scott Carson is on standby. Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are available again following injury, whilst Bejamin Mendy has been suspended by the club pending his court trial.

“Yesterday, Phil had his first training session,” said Pep Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“Kevin trained well last week, part alone, part with the other players who were here plus the Under-18s. They feel much better.

“Zack is in the US, isolating for the quarantine because he got a positive test.

“After 10-15 days and 2 negative PCRs he will be back. Scott Carson is in our squad because he is able to play. I am fully confident.

“Right now, it isn’t clear if Ederson and Gabriel can play of not.

“Hopefully they can play. We will wait until tomorrow to see if there is some good news.

“The club didn’t inform me of anything. We will wait until tomorrow to see if they can play or not.”

City won their last away game at the King Power 2-0, with Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 53 of the 107 games played against the Foxes, with 24 draws and 30 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus, Torres

Score prediction: Leicester 2 City 2