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Preview: Leicester City vs. Manchester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Tuesday's EFL Cup quarter-final between Leicester City and Manchester City.

Leicester City will welcome Manchester City to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

The two teams also met at the same stage of last season's competition, and it was Man City that won 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the home of the Foxes.


Leicester

Leicester City manager Claude Puel reacts on December 5, 2018© Reuters

Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace means that Leicester have only won one of their last four matches in all competitions, and back-to-back Premier League losses has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table.

It has been a season of inconsistency thus far, with six wins, four draws and seven defeats from their 17 Premier League matches. They are once again present in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, but have needed penalties in the last two rounds to progress to this stage of the competition.

Indeed, a 4-0 win over Fleetwood Town was followed by back-to-back goalless draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton, but the Foxes managed to win both penalty shootouts to progress.

As mentioned above, they are locking horns with Man City at this stage of the EFL Cup for the second successive season, and Pep Guardiola's side needed a 4-3 penalty-shootout success to advance last term.

Leicester are actually three-time winners of the League Cup, with their last success occurring back in 2000. It will take some effort to land the trophy this season, however, when considering that they must face Man City, and then potentially Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Goals have been hard to find in recent weeks, with Claude Puel's side managing just one in their last three Premier League matches. Jamie Vardy is now back in the fold following injury though, and Harry Maguire's return to fitness down the other end is also big news for the Foxes.

Leicester will actually face Man City twice in the space of eight days as they host the Citizens in the Premier League on Boxing Day. Puel's team will also travel to Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend as the big matches come thick and fast at this stage of the campaign.

Recent form: WWLWWW
Recent form (all competitions): DWWDLL


Man City

Leroy Sane is joined in celebration by Gabriel Jesus after scoring for Manchester City against Hoffenheim in their Champions League clash on December 12, 2018© Reuters

The 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on December 8 would have hurt Man City, but they have bounced back by beating Hoffenheim and Everton in their last two matches on home soil.

It seems incredible that Man City have won 14 and lost just one of their 17 Premier League matches this season but do not top the table; that is the case, though, due to Liverpool's exceptional form.

Guardiola's side are doing well across the board, however, having secured their spot in the last-16 stage of the Champions League, while they are only one point off the top of the table. Man City won their fifth League Cup last season by beating Arsenal in the final, and they will be looking to triumph in the competition once again.

Unlike Leicester, the Citizens have only had to win two matches to reach the quarter-finals of this season's tournament, and they did not need to break a sweat in their victories over Oxford United and Fulham.

The quarter-finals is a strong lineup when considering that Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all present, but Guardiola will not be taking the EFL Cup lightly as it does provide the opportunity to win a trophy before the business end of the campaign.

Not since a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United back in October 2016 have Man City lost in the League Cup, and they have conceded just three times in their last five matches in the competition.

It will be a busy end to the year for Guardiola's team as they take on Leicester twice, Crystal Palace and Southampton before the end of 2018. The New Year will get off to a bang, meanwhile, as they host title rivals Liverpool on January 3.

Recent form: WWWWW
Recent form (all competitions): DWWLWW


Team News

Kevin De Bruyne back in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Everton on December 15, 2018© Reuters

Leicester will once again be without England international Ben Chilwell, who has not been able to shake off a knee injury in time for this match.

Vardy and Maguire should also keep their spots having featured against Palace at the weekend, but Danny Ward, Danny Simpson and Vicente Iborra are among those that could come into the side.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki, meanwhile, will both be pushing for positions in Puel's XI, but Jonny Evans is suspended.

As for Man City, Guardiola has already confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will start. The midfielder has struggled with knee ligament injuries this season, but will be in the XI on Tuesday night.

Arijanet Muric is expected to start between the sticks, while the likes of John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Vincent Kompany and Phil Foden should come into the team.

Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane could be the front three for the visitors.

Leicester possible starting lineup:
Ward; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs; Iborra, Ndidi; Albrighton, Iheanacho, Gray; Vardy

Man City possible starting lineup:
Muric; Walker, Stones, Kompany, Zinchenko; Foden, Delph, De Bruyne; Sterling, Jesus, Sane


Head To Head

As mentioned, the pair met at the same stage of last season's EFL Cup, and Man City won on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

The Citizens recorded a 5-1 win when the pair met in the Premier League back in February, and Leicester have not actually beaten Man City since a 4-2 home success in the Premier League two years ago.

In all, Man City have won 57 of their 115 matches with Leicester, losing 29 times.


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We say: Leicester 1-2 Man City (AET)

Guardiola will make changes from Saturday's 3-1 win over Everton, but the Premier League champions should still have enough to edge past Leicester on Tuesday night.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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