Manchester City v Leicester City
Premier League: Manchester City 2-1 Leicester match report and goals
Goalsin the first half from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus followed by a Shinji Okazaki reply was enough to see Pep Guardiola grab third place with two games to play in the Premier League.Real Madrid vs Barcelona: El Clásico
Pep Guardiola helped himself and his side to third place in the league until at least Monday when Liverpool play West Ham thanks to a first half burst that saw them nab two goals in the space of seven minutes. The problem is that they were hardly convincing aside from that.
Man City started to dominate the game and with Leroy Sane on form down the left, they were starting to create more and more as the game continued. He was vital in their first on 29 minutes when he cross to David Silva and the Manchester City creative midfielder struck to give his side the lead. Raheem Sterling was just a fraction offside as Silva took the shot and he made an effort to hit the ball but he missed and so the ref said he was not interfering. Leicester City players were less convinced though.
Sane at it again
If there was debate over the first goal, there was none of the second. Leroy Sane was fouled by Benalouane inside the square and referee, Robert Madley, made the easiest decision he would make on the afternoon. Gabriel Jesus, the 19-year-old phenom, stepped up and coolly slotted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel, sending him the wrong way in the process.
This was starting to get worrying for Leicester but Shinji Okazaki, a man who had not scored in 23 games, stepped up and volleyed Leicester back into the game after 42 minutes with half-time approaching fast.
The second half started much like the first with tame attacking efforts by both sides. City might have been happy with the lead and Leicester couldn't figure a way into the game.
The biggest talking point of the opening 20 was when Marc Albrighton took an elbow to the cheek off Fernandinho and had a massive lump under his eye with no punishment for the City player. It was heating up and that seemed to suit leicester more but they were still not able to create anything meaningful.
Penalty talking point
The ref had another handy decision to make when Riyad Mahrez went around Gael Clichy and he was taken down inside the penalty area. He pointed to the spot without a second thought. Mahrez stepped up and kicked it with his left but he slipped as he did so and it hit off his right foot. it went in but it was disallowed.
With ten minutes remaining, would Leicester be able to create another chance as good as that one for Mahrez? The answer to that question was no, and they hardly threatened either. The same can be said for Man City as a tepid second half with little ambition drew to a close. Pep won't mind though as his side grabbed the third spot in the Premier League and with two games left, they have their fate in their own hands. Craig Shakespeare's work has been impressive and they are unlucky not to have nicked a point but ultimately their efforts came to little.
FT: That's all she wrote at the Etihad.
Min 90 + 6 | Leicester want a corner but referee says no. Looked like Gray kicked it off Zabaleta.
Man City substitution: Gabriel Jesus replaced by Jesus Navas.
Min 90+3 | Slimani makes it down the line and should pull it back but he kicks it into a load of bodies in the center and City clear.
Min 90 | We have seven minutes added time at the Etihad. And maybe more as Otamendi goes down in a heap after Ndidi has a shot and he throws himself in front of the ball.
Min 87 | Corner to Leicester as Vardy does win it this time! Kompany with a towering header to get it away.
Min 84 | Vardy wants a corner as it comes in at the front post but referee says no.
Man City substitution: Zabaleta replaces De Bruyne.
Leicester substitution: Albrighton is booked and just as he is, on comes Demarai Gray in his place.
Man City substitution: Aguero replaces Raheem Sterling.
Min 78 | Really harsh. Mahrez slips and kicks the ball of his standing right foot as it heads to the net. The referee says he kicked it twice and it's ruled out. difficult one to take for Leicester.
Min 76 | PENALTY! Mahrez, who has done nothing of note, turns Clichy and he gets dragged down by the full-back inside the area. Referee has a handy decision to make!
Min 74 | Clichy with an effort from way out now. No chance. Schmeichel has his hands up waving it away as it leaves Clichy's boot. He knew that one wasn't troubling him.
Leicester City substitution: Slimani replaces Okazaki.
Min 72 | Fuchs is booked for a possible foul on Gabriel Jesus. Unclear what happened though.
Min 70 | Sane with an effort off his right but it's as tame as the last 20 minutes have been. Sterling through not and looking dangerous but he is blocked by Benalouane. Corner to City.
Leicester substitution: Amartey replaces Andy King who doesn't look comfortable as he comes off.
Leicester have regressed as the game has continued and Jamie Vardy has barely had a kick in the second half of that first 45. They need to find a way to get him on the ball in open space because he has shown he can taken on Otamendi and Clichy for pace. They will have to do it in a way that does not mean launching long, hopeless ball up front.
Manchester City vs Leicester City live stream online: team news
Man City: Caballero, Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Yaya Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Gabriel Jesus.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Manchester City v Leicester City live stream online: build up
13:21 | John Stones is fit enough to make the bench but has not been selected to start and Sergio Aguero, the hero of five years ago is in the same situation. It's the first game in five that John Stones has made it into the matchday squad. Aguero just missed City's 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
13:15 | We are hoping for a goalfest today as Leicester City are missing their two first choice centre-backs in Wes Morgan and Robert Huth. They will be replaced by Yohan Benalouane and Christian Fuchs, who himself will be replaced by Ben Chilwell at left-back.
13:12 | Riyad Mahrez is linked with a move away from Leicester City this summer with Tottenham Hotspur circling for the attacking midfielder. Another player who could be on his way out of his club is Nolito at Manchester City. The former Celta Vigo attacker admitted he might have to leave the Etihad in order to play more minutes next season.
13:07 | Leicester City are looking for their first back-to-back away wins since April 2016 on their way to the Premier League title when they won three away from home in a row.
12:52 | It has been five years to the day since Sergio Aguero scored that goal against QPR to give them a 3-2 win and Manchester City the Premier League title, their first championship since 1968.
12:39 | Guardiola was complaining about not scoring goals and has Aguero available to him but opts for Gabriel Jesus. The 20-year-old has played in seven games for City and scored four with two assists. I don't think finishing is a problem for the young Brazilian.
11:43 | Vincent Kompany played just three times in Man City's first 30 Premier League games. He has started five of their last six games, however, as the club captain looks to string a number of games together to ensure Pep and City that he is worth keeping around.
10:39 | Manchester City have won just two of their last seven meetings with Leicester. Despite really struggling earlier in the season, Leicester dismantled City 4-2 with a hat-trick coming from Jamie Vardy, the man linked with Atletico Madrid recently.
10:05 | One player who has impressed mightily this season before injury was Gabriel Jesus. He is back now and Pep Guardiola says he has Europe in his hands.
9:43 | Man City could leapfrog Liverpool today with a win. Liverpool don't play until Monday night against West Ham but this City have a game in hand. Finishing third would be a lot handier for Pep in his first season as he won't have to contend with Champions League qualifiers if he lands that spot. Jurgen Klopp, of course, will be thinking the same but it's up to Man City as to what happens.
8:45 | Good morning! Wakey wakey, rise and shine, and let's get stuck straight in to the build up for this Premier League clash. Chelsea won the league last night with a 0-1 win at West Brom, but the race for Champions League football remains very much alive.
Manchester City v Leicester City live stream online: preview
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have lost just once in their last 10 league outings although it must be added, half of those games ended in draws. This is a game his team must win to keep their ambitions of a top-four finish alive. City are just one point behind Liverpool but with a game in hand, while Arsenal, who travel to Stoke later on Saturday, are hoping the Mancunians will stumble so that they can take the final Champions League berth.
A City win would bump them provisionally up to third on 72 points, obliging Liverpool to conquer West Ham at London stadium on Sunday. It’s a psychological battle which will be played out on repeat until the Premier League reaches its climax a week on Sunday. Before it does, Guardiola’s team travel to the Hawthornes for their game in hand on Tuesday night while almost at the same time, Arsenal will be trying to get a result against relegation-hit Sunderland. A City win coupled with a United defeat to Spurs would ensure Guardiola’s team finishes above their city rivals in the final standings.
Leicester have settled in the middle order and don’t have many options to finish higher. Their recent form has been encouraging – just two defeats from the last 10 games – against Everton and a narrow 1-0 defeat away at Arsenal. They go into this on the back of victories against West Brom and Watford which positioned the team ninth on 43 points. Not bad at all for a side who were just one point off the drop zone back in February forcing directors to sack manager Claudio Ranieri. It's important not to forget that the Foxes did win this fixture 3-1 last season on their march towards the Premier League title.
Manchester City team news
John Stones and Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero make the list – the defender has been sidelined with a muscular injury which made him miss the team’s last five games while Agüero was taken off with a suspected groin injury in the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough a fortnight ago. Willy Caballero will guard the City net in Claudio Bravo’s absence – the Chilean keeper and Ilkay Gundogan are the only players who are unavailable.
Once the game is over, the City boss said he has other important duties to attend to – buying Yaya Touré a cake for his 34th birthday…
Man to watch: David Silva. He was back among the goals in last week’s 5-0 humbling of Crystal Palace – his first league goal since the start of February. Silva’s a joy to watch even when he isn’t scoring. Hypnotic skills, vision, control and an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time, all of that makes the Spain international a constant threat. He will be making his 50th appearance in what has been a busy season – his seventh at the club.Leicester City team news
Leicester City team news
Craig Shakespeare confirmed that he will be without Danny Drinkwater for the remainder of the campaign – the midfielder suffered a Grade I thigh strain last week against Watford. It’s the latest setback for the Foxes who have central defensive pair Wes Morgan (hamstring) and Robert Huth (foot) ruled out while Nampalys Mendy is nursing an ankle problem and will also miss the trip up north to the Etihad.
Man to watch: Riyad Mahrez. Leicester’s very own Isco can turn on the magic whenever the team is in need of inspiration. The 26-year-old Mahrez has been linked with a move away from the King Power even if this season he has not quite matched his breath-taking performances of last year. He capped a century of Premier League appearances with a goal against Watford last week – and that could be just the kind of motivation he needs to take City to task on Saturday.Manchester City v Leicester City: possible line-ups
Manchester City v Leicester City live stream online: Possible teams
Willy; Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Yaya Touré, Sané, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus.
Schmeichel; Simpson, Benalouane, Chilwell, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Manchester City v Leicester City live online: Odds
No surprise that City are odds-on favourites to be lounging in the heady glow of a win come Saturday afternoon, still Leicester are 10/1 to pull off what would be a memorable home and away double over the Sky Blues. Foxes’ Japanese midfielder Shinji Okazaki is at 13/1 to be the first scorer and at 100/1 to go home clutching the matchball. Birthday boy Yaya Touré is at 9/1 to hit the winner, just in time for his big day…
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