Manchester City will be aiming to maintain their long Premier League unbeaten home run when they welcome Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men have gone 25 matches without defeat in front of their own fans in the league, winning 20 and drawing five.
Having run out 2-0 winners at the King Power Stadium in November’s reverse encounter, they are overwhelming 2/9 (1.22) favourites with dabblebet to extend their streak by coming out on top once again.
The Foxes have taken just one point from their last available 12 on the road, but can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) to pull off a shock victory here.
These sides shared a 1-1 draw when they met in December’s League Cup clash, and there are odds of 11/2 (6.50) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.
The Citizens are without a number of first team regulars, including Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, John Stones and David Silva.
Riyad Mahrez will miss out Claude Puel’s team after going on strike following his failed move to City, while Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are both injured.
Lack of spark
While Mahrez’s self-imposed absence is sure to hurt his current team, Manchester City will also be regretting their failure to strengthen the squad given the current injury list.
Guardiola named just six players on the bench for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, following which Kevin De Bruyne admitted the team were feeling worn out after a busy schedule.
With a big Champions League trip to Basel coming up on Tuesday, the hosts are once again unlikely to be at their energetic best in this clash.
Having scored just three goals in their last four league away games, a Leicester team missing their most creative player cannot be expected to fire on all cylinders in attack either.
Tips and Predictions
All in all, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem generous on two under par teams producing under 3.5 goals for their third encounter this campaign.