They continue their Premier League campaign against Leicester City today, a team who put five past them at the Etihad in the season’s early weeks and who will be buoyed by Chelsea’s loss against West Brom at lunchtime. Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in nine games against City since Pep Guardiola’s arrival, twice as many as any other player in the league, taking full advantage of City’s high defensive line. City have a 14-point lead over Man Utd in second but have played a game more. They face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in mid-week when they will line up against potential transfer target Erling Haaland. He could be the man to replace Sergio Aguero who announced this week he will leave City at the end of the season.
Leicester have had some injury problems but welcome back James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira from injury. They have an FA Cup semi-final against Southampton to look forward to but still need to finish their league campaign off and secure a top-four finish. They can go eight points clear of fourth-place Chelsea with a victory today. Kelechi Iheanacho has been in fine fettle of late and faces his former club today. Leicester sat off City and soaked up pressure earlier this season and might adopt a similar strategy today.
“For me it’s a difficult thing to do because I’m always a guy who likes the team to play with a level of dominance,” Rodgers said this week. “But sometimes it’s about recognising that the opponent has a real high level of technique and if you press the game as you would normally want to, they will expose you. It’s just about balance.
Full team news on the way shortly.
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