Premier League preview: Struggling Leicester look for first win in 11 as they host Man City
Last Updated: 13/12/14 8:19am
Manchester City are looking for their fifth successive Premier League win as they travel to struggling Leicester on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team are unbeaten in seven in all competitions and are in high spirits after narrowing the gap on league leaders Chelsea in recent weeks, while also securing passage to the Champions League knockout stage.
Sergio Aguero has seen his superb form recognised with the Premier League Player of the Month award for November, but the visitors must get used to life without the talismanic striker after his injury against Everton.
Leicester are without a win in 10 Premier League outings and manager Nigel Pearson’s troubles have been exacerbated by an FA charge following an altercation with a fan during their defeat to Liverpool.
Life in the top flight is proving very difficult for the Foxes, who go to West Ham next before Christmas dates at home to Tottenham and away at Hull.
The hosts have been rocked by news that Kasper Schmeichel will be unavailable for at least a month after breaking a metatarsal in training.
Ben Hamer will deputise in goal for Leicester, who have captain Wes Morgan back from suspension. Ritchie De Laet is available after illness and striker Leonardo Ulloa is fit after being replaced at half-time in last weekend's defeat at Aston Villa.
City are without Aguero, whose knee injury could see him ruled out for up to eight weeks, but Pellegrini expects to have captain Vincent Kompany back at his disposal after the defender missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury.
Yaya Toure is available after missing the midweek win over Roma through suspension, while David Silva may start after coming off the bench against the Italians to make his first appearance since October.
Manchester City have lost none of their last eight visits to Leicester City in all competitions (W4 D4).
Leicester have taken only two points from the last 30 available in the Premier League (D2 L8).
This is Leicester’s worst start to a Premier League season after 15 games (10 points); lower than 2003-04 (16 points), 2001-02 (13) and 1994-95 (12) – the three seasons they were relegated.
Manchester City have only had more points at this stage of a season in one previous campaign (2011-12 – 38 points).
Leonardo Ulloa has netted six goals from just nine shots on target in the Premier League this season.
Leicester have caught their opponents offside more often than any other team in the Premier League this season (46).
“Man City are rolling now and they’ll be flying high after Wednesday night’s win in Rome. They’ve had some good results recently – I think that’s four league wins on the spin – so I’m going to go with City. I was disappointed with Leicester at Villa last week. I didn’t think they were very good at all. This just shows how hard this league is and it’s going to be an 11th game without a win, I’m afraid.”
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2
Leicester may have captured the scalp of Manchester United this season but it's hard to see the Foxes denying Manchester City three points on Saturday and the Sky Bet odds reflect that. The Premier League's bottom club are 6/1 while the champions are odds-on. City have won their last six in all competitions and three of the last four to nil, a 6/4 shot on Saturday. Samir Nasri, who scored the opener in Rome in midweek, is 7/4 to net in 90 minutes.