Leicester City vs Manchester City preview - Kompany in line to replace suspended Otamendi?

By Ric Turner, Fri 17 November 2017 14:13


Leicester City vs Manchester City preview - Kompany in line to replace suspended Otamendi?Eliaquim Mangala and Kyle Walker also being considered by Pep Guardiola for visit to King Power Stadium

Leicester City vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 18th November 2017

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Referee: Graham Scott Assistants: R West, S Ledger Fourth Official: N Swarbrick

Odds: Leicester 17/2, Draw 5/1, City 2/5. See more online betting.

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Leicester City

Manager: Claude Puel

Squad (from): Schmeichel, Hamer, Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire, Simpson, Fuchs, Benalouane, James, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Ndidi, Mahrez, Musa, Vardy, Slimani, Ulloa, Iborra, Iheanacho, Choudhury, Dragovic

Injured: Huth

Doubtful: Iborra, Chilwell, James

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Mangala, Stones, Walker, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Mendy

Doubtful: Kompany, Delph

Suspended: Otamendi

Form guide: WWWWW

Nicolas Otamendi is suspended after picking up a fifth booking of the season against Arsenal a fortnight ago. Vincent Kompany could come into consideration, with Eliaquim Mangala and Kyle Walker also being considered by Pep Guardiola. Sergio Aguero is available despite having hospital tests for dizziness after being substituted in Argentina's midweek game against Nigeria, whilst Raheem Sterling has shaken off a back injury.

“I have something in mind to replace Otamendi,” Guardiola said.

“We have Mangala, maybe Kompany can come back. Kyle [Walker] can play there.

“Delph I don’t know if he will be able because in four sessions he trained two. Hopefully we can recover him because he is so important.

"Raz had big problems in the last period - he played the last two games with pain in his back and made a huge effort to play against Napoli and Arsenal - but he is much, much better and hopefully he can play.

"He is much better than before.”

City's last game against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium ended in a heavy 4-2 defeat, with Nolito and Aleksandar Kolarov scoring late consolations for the Blues. Overall City have won 45 of the 96 games played against Leicester, with 24 draws and 27 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Mangala, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: Leicester City 1 Manchester City 2

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