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Leicester City v Manchester City: EFL Cup semi-final awaits for dominant Citizens

16:31 GMT 19/12/2017
Kyle Walker Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City Leicester
Having fielded strong line-ups in the competition so far, Al Hain-Cole expects Guardiola to oversee another emphatic victory over the Foxes

Having given their Premier League title bid another major boost by thrashing Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at the weekend, Manchester City will be looking to stay in the hunt for more silverware when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City in Tuesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final.

Victory over Spurs was a 16th in a row in the league for Pep Guardiola’s men, who are 2/5 (1.40) favourites with Paddy Power to transfer that winning streak to the cup in this one.

Meanwhile, a shock 3-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace brought an end to the Foxes’ own run of four consecutive victories, and they are on offer at 11/2 (6.50) to return to winning ways in style here.

The guests required penalties to overcome Championship leaders Wolves after being held to a 0-0 draw - the only time they have failed to score in a match this season - in the last round, and there are odds of 7/2 (4.50) available on them needing extra-time after another deadlocked 90 minutes.

Aside from an abundance of exceptionally talented players at his disposal, a key factor in Pep Guardiola’s incredible success so far this season is a relentless winning mentality.

The former Bayern Munich boss dismissed the idea of complacency presenting an issue after his side racked up yet another emphatic win at the weekend, and these high standards also apply to cup competition.

Having started Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the spearhead of strong line-ups against both Wolves and West Brom in the last two rounds, there seems little reason why Guardiola would put out a particularly weakened XI at this stage of the competition.

This spells bad news for a home side hoping to bounce back from a shock defeat at the weekend, and who lost 2-0 when the teams met on this ground in last month’s league game.

All in all, odds of 5/4 (2.25) offer strong value on an irrepressible Manchester City outfit winning by at least two clear goals once again versus Leicester.

Manchester City (-1) to win at 5/4 (2.25) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power