Prediction & odds for the game: Manchester City (4/11) v Leicester (6/1)
When: Saturday, 21st December 2019 @ 5.30pm K.O
Where: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City and Leicester City will fight for their Premier League title chances when the two meet at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
It’s been a shaky few months to get the season up and running for Manchester City, with many fans and pundits alike being given reason to believe that things aren’t going quite as smoothly for them. From dropping points to injuries mounting up, Pep Guardiola has a real task on his hands to steer the club towards a successful campaign. They can only take things one step at a time, of course, with this game against Leicester being crucial to their hopes of hunting Liverpool down.
Manchester City have had a series of slip-ups lately including a defeat to Manchester United and draws against Shakhtar Donetsk and Newcastle United. They did walk to victories over Burnley, Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal, though, so perhaps all hope is not lost after all.
Leicester have surprised quite literally everyone this season by getting themselves into a position where they are considered to be Liverpool’s closest challengers in the title race. Brendan Rodgers has done a phenomenal job with this side and will have done a great job regardless of what happens for the remainder of the season – but it’s clear to see they want more. They want to push the Reds all the way, and making a big statement against a team like Manchester City is the way to do just that.
The draw against Norwich last time out brought their winning run to an end, but that shouldn’t take the gloss off of victories against the likes of Arsenal, Brighton, Everton, Watford and Aston Villa to name a few.
We think Leicester are really going to come after the hosts with everything they’ve got, proving once and for all that they belong at the top table. It seems as if they’re more than good enough to take the lead, which is what we’re anticipating they’ll do. However, the reigning Champions of England have too much to lose, and we’re backing them to really turn it on and transform this game into the City show. It’ll be tight in terms of possession, but the scoreline will reflect City’s excellence.
This is going to be a blessing to watch, and one of the reasons for that is due to the volume of goals we’re anticipating. We’re going to see some strong starting line-ups, and within those line-ups will be players that are capable of scoring from just about anywhere. Therefore, we’re going for the over 2.5 goals option.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 4/11 and the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/9. (All odds are taken from bet365).