Manchester City will be aiming to take a major step towards retaining their Premier League title when Leicester City visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday.
Pep Guardiola’s men have slipped back down to second after Liverpool’s dramatic victory over Newcastle on Saturday, although a win here would send them a point clear at the top with just one game remaining.
Coming into this clash on the back of a 12-match league winning streak, City are overwhelming 1/6 (1.16) favourites with bet365 to keep one hand on the title by coming out on top.
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However, the Foxes pulled off a surprise 2-1 win in December’s reverse fixture, and can be backed at 16/1 (17.00) to complete their first top flight double over this opposition since the 1986-87 season.
Just one of the last nine league encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 8/1 (9.00) on this one finishing up all square.
Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are doubts, while Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are both definitely ruled out through injury.
Daniel Amartey is the only injury absentee for the guests, as he steps up his rehabilitation from a broken ankle he suffered back in October.
Although the title race is very much in their own hands, the Citizens must have felt slightly exasperated to see Liverpool guarantee it goes right down to the final day by scoring the latest in a long line of late winners at St James’ Park.
Guardiola’s men have also had to exhibit plenty of patience recently, scoring five of their last six Premier League goals in the second half. City's previous two matches have been 0-0 at the break and it could be another low-key opening 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.
Tips and Predictions
Considering Brendan Rodgers’ team has seen the majority of goalmouth action after the break in eight of the last 11 fixtures, odds of 10/11 (1.91) with bet365 offer solid value on the action unfolding the second half for Manchester City’s seventh league game in 10.
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