Manchester City v Leicester City preview: Riyad Mahrez declares himself available
Last Updated: 10/02/18 7:48am
A week after a failed move to Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez has declared himself available to face the Premier League leaders, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5.15pm on Saturday, ending a week-long stand-off with Leicester.
Manager Claude Puel may be tempted to re-think his position, having said Mahrez would not take part in the fixture against the side who put in a £60m bid for him on Deadline Day.
"I hope he can get his head right and come back with us and work hard," Puel said. "Riyad is a magnificent player. He loves football, he loves his relationship with his team-mates, he enjoys his football."
The Foxes have a superb recent record at Man City, winning four of their six Premier League games in the north west. But they have just one point from their last four away league games, having gone seven undefeated on the road beforehand.
Pep Guardiola's side have not been beaten by a team outside the top five since January 2017, and the league leaders already have the best return of any English top division club in history after 26 games.
Sergio Aguero could set a new personal record if he nets against the Foxes in the having scored in each of his last six home games in all competitions - he has never managed seven.
But the Argentine has only scored once in four games against Leicester, in a 3-1 home defeat in February 2016.
John Stones is available again having missed City's last two games through illness and a knee problem.
Midfielder Phil Foden (ankle) is also fit but playmaker David Silva (hip), winger Leroy Sane (ankle), striker Gabriel Jesus and left-backs Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph (all knee) are still out.
Shinji Okazaki is expected to drop out with a knee injury that could sideline him for up to two weeks.
- Leicester City haven't lost three consecutive league matches against Man City since August 1961.
- Man City have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League home games; the most they've done is six (December 2013), while the record in the division is seven games, by Manchester United in March 2010.
- Leicester haven't collected a single point in any of their last nine Premier League matches against sides starting that day top of the league, losing all nine by an aggregate score of 3-20.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 25 home Premier League games (W20 D5); it's the 14th such run of 25+ games in Premier League history, and the longest since Chelsea's run of 26 that ended in April 2014.
- Jamie Vardy's three Premier League goals against Man City all came in the same game, a 4-2 win in December 2016; he is one just three players to score three Premier League goals against Man City with all goals coming in a hat-trick, along with Gabby Agbonlahor and Tony Cottee.
Man City have got to put their chances away, that wins you matches and it's not happening at the moment. They're doing enough, though, and I can't see anything but a home win.
Leicester aren't going anywhere - they're not getting relegated or going into the top six - they're a prime FA Cup team. Other sides in relegation trouble will be looking at them later in the season and going: 'when have we got Leicester at home?'.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (13/2 with SkyBet)
Manchester City are Sky Bet's shortest-priced favourites of the weekend at 2/9 for the victory with Leicester up against odds of 12/1 to win and 5/1 just to secure a draw.
Sergio Aguero heads the first goalscorer betting at 9/4 with Jamie Vardy is considered the visitors' main threat at 9/1 to break the deadlock, while the strike duo are enhanced from 7/2 to 11/2 to both find the net in Sky Bet's Price Boosts.