Leicester City vs Manchester City: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Manchester City will be desperate to stay in touch with Premier League leaders Liverpool when they take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.

The reigning champions are currently second in the table, four points behind the Reds after a surprise 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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City lost ground on Liverpool after their Palace defeat

City will be feeling extra vigilant against a Leicester side who pushed them all the way in their Carabao Cup meeting last weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s men going through on penalties.

The Foxes pulled off a shock of their own at the weekend though – beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge so a difficult task awaits the Citizens.

What the managers are saying

Claude Puel (Leicester City): “Our last game against City was encouraging, about our mentality, about our play and possibility.

“We lost on the lottery of penalties, we didn’t manage very well this exercise, I know. On the pitch it was interesting.”

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Leicester claimed an unlikely win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City): “We have to train before an official game. The players know they are in England. In Germany and most other leagues they stop the leagues.

“If we played the 27th then the 25th would have been the day off, but the 26th means we train on the 25th, that’s normal.”

Team news

Leicester will make a late decision on whether to hand striker Jamie Vardy a second start in five days having now fully recovered from previous groin issues.

Meanwhile, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are still long-term absentees.

Manchester City will check on midfielder Fernandinho ahead of their Boxing Day Premier League trip to Leicester after the Brazilian missed Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace with a thigh problem.

The game may come too soon for David Silva (hamstring), although the playmaker has returned to light training, while defenders Vincent Kompany and Danilo are again doubtful.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee) and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

Predicted line-ups

Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi; Maddison, Gray, Vardy

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Delph, Gundogan; Sterling, De Bruyne, Mahrez; Aguero

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