Manchester City vs Leicester City preview: Foden the only absentee for visit of the Foxes

By Ric Turner, Fri 14 April 2023 15:41

Manchester City vs Leicester City preview: Foden the only absentee for visit of the FoxesGuardiola plays down De Bruyne reaction after being substituted in midweek

Manchester City vs Leicester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 15th April 2023

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Darren England Assistants: E Smart, N Greenhalgh Fourth Official: J Simpson VAR: J Gillett

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 7/1, Leicester 16/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Akanji, Lewis, Gomez, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Palmer, Perrone, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: Foden

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Leicester City

Manager: Dean Smith

Squad (from): Ward, Smithies, Iversen, Faes, Soyuncu, Evans, Souttar, Kristiansen, Amartey, Vestergaard, Castagne, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Mendy, Ndidi, Praet, Brunt, Soumare, Vardy, Iheanacho, Daka, Tete

Injured: Justin, Pereira, Barnes, Bertrand

Doubtful: Tielemans

Suspended: Dewsbury-Hall

Form guide: LLLDL

Phil Foden is missing once again as he recovers from surgery on his appendix, but manager Pep Guardiola has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Leicester.

The Blues were in scintillating form as they defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in midweek, although Kevin De Bruyne appeared disgruntled after being substituted early in the second half.

“I understand completely,” Guardiola said in Friday's press conference. “But at the same time I understand [Riyad] Mahrez didn’t play, Aymeric [Laporte] didn’t play, Sergio [Gomez] didn’t play and Kalvin [Phillips] didn’t play.

“When I make a selection, always I think about the players who didn’t play. Everyone wants to play and everyone wants to do their best.

“I understand completely they want to be in there to help the team.

“Can you imagine the last seven years without Kevin De Bruyne? It’s impossible. You see the games against Liverpool, Burnley, Southampton.

“But every game is different and I saw in that moment, I felt the need for change with Julian [Alvarez] and the other ones. That’s why I’m here.

“The players might believe it's personal, but in that moment I try to do the best to win the game. If it works, it's how good I am, if it doesn't it’s how bad I am.”

City won their last home game against Leicester 6-3, with Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling (2) netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 56 of the 110 games played against the Foxes, with 24 draws and 30 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, Haaland

Score prediction: City 4 Leicester 0