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#Christmas football match previews and live betting tips#

There is a big game on Saturday evening in the Premier league at the Etihad Stadium as third placed Manchester City welcome second place Leicester City. With leaders Liverpool away in Qatar on World Club Cup duty, this is a chance for either of these sides to start closing the gap on them. It is also a chance for Leicester to increase their four-point lead on City to cement second place in the EPL, while City will see this as a great chance to narrow that gap.

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Here we preview what is sure to be a brilliant, attacking game and offer our best Man City v Leicester City football tips.

Manchester City’s defence of their title has been a disappointing one by their standards. They have already lost four league games this season, which is the same amount as the whole of the last campaign when they marched to their second successive Premier League title. They are also having to deal with off field distractions as Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man, Mikel Arteta, is set to be appointed as the new head coach at Arsenal.   

Two home defeats against Wolves (2-0) and Manchester United (2-1) a fortnight ago means that the Etihad Stadium might not be the fortress it once was, although they have still won five of their eight home games this campaign. One worrying fact is that they have also conceded in four of their last five home games, with many City fans pointing to the departure of Vincent Kompany as being the main reason for the lack of clean sheets. They even conceded in midweek at League One Oxford United but eventually came through that Carabao Cup quarter final as 3-1 winners.

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Leicester City are enjoying another incredible season and sit in second place, four points ahead of City. Despite being unbeaten in nine Premier League games, which included eight wins in a row, the Foxes are still 10-points behind Liverpool, but can cut that gap to seven with a win at the Etihad.

Brendan Rodgers sides will have been disappointed to see their incredible sequence of eight wins in a row come to an end last weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Norwich City, but away from home, Leicester can boast the third best record on their travels, winning five of their eight games on the road, which includes winning the last four. The standout result of the season was the Foxes 9-0 success at Southampton, which started the unbeaten away run, but before that, they had lost 2-1 at Liverpool, going down to an injury time James Milner penalty. In midweek, Leicester enjoyed a penalty shoot out triumph at Everton to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

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Head-to-head

Since 2000, Manchester City have met Leicester City 14 times in the Premier League, with City winning the last three EPL games at the Etihad Stadium.

The last time Leicester won at City was in 2016; two goals from defender Robert Huth, and a strike from Riyad Mahrez, who could line up for City this time, secured an impressive 3-1 win as the Foxes marched on to a famous Premier League title success.

Last season the sides both won their respective home games. Leicester won 2-1 at the King Power on Boxing Day, as goals from Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira cancelled out a Bernardo Silva opener. However, Man City would gain revenge at home thanks to a stunning Vincent Kompany strike, which ensured they would go into the last game of last season with a point advantage over Liverpool.

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Interesting stats

Manchester City remain the highest-scoring team this season, averaging 2.76 goals per-match. City have also recorded 14 wins in their last 17 home EPL matches, scoring two or more goals on 12 occasions.

A best record of 58.82% of City’s games have featured 4+ goals, with six goals scored after the 80th minute in City’s last five competitive matches.

Leicester remain the league’s most resilient side, conceding just 0.65 goals per-match so far. Since the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes have also been strong against teams from last season’s top six with a record of won three, drawn two and lost two.

Verdict

This is a game that will see Man City attack from the outset, whilst Leicester will look to use pace to hit the hosts on the counter attack. It has all the ingredients for a brilliant game with plenty of goals.

Kevin de Bruyne is in red hot form and looked untouchable at Arsenal last weekend, scoring twice to make it four goals in his last five Premier League appearances. Meanwhile, JamieVardy for the visitors has failed to score in just one of his last nine EPL games, scoring 11 goals during that run.

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These are the two potential match winners, but we can see Leicester putting in a customary excellent away performance to come away from the Eithad with a share of the spoils.

Get the 2-2 draw @13/1 with xxx

Over 4.5 goals is 13/5 with xxx

Kevin de Bruyne to score 2 goals or more is 14/1

Get Jamie Vardy to score anytime @15/8