Leicester vs Manchester City: Match preview, predicted lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch

With the early kick-off, City have the chance to claim top spot in the league at least until Arsenal play on Sunday. Or can the Foxes continue their climb up the league after a recent run of good results?

By James Descombes Published: 28 October 2022 - 5.41pm

When and where to watch Leicester vs Man City?

Leicester vs Man City kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday 29 October.

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Leicester vs Man City match preview 

Current table-toppers Arsenal don't play until Sunday, so Manchester City could find themselves top of the table on Saturday with a win over Leicester.

Pep’s side will need to show more intent than they did against Dortmund in midweek when, with qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League already secured, they played out a 0-0 bore-draw.

Last time they drew 0-0 in Europe, they followed it up with a defeat at Anfield.

City will need to play more like they did in their 3-1 win over Brighton last weekend to overcome a resurgent Leicester side.

Brendan Rodgers is no longer under quite so much intense pressure as he was going into the last Leicester match televised live on BT Sport, when they faced Crystal Palace.

Since that 0-0 draw, the Foxes have won two on the bounce, beating Leeds 2-0 and Wolves 4-0 at the weekend.

They find themselves outside the relegation zone prior to the visit of City, but could drop back into it if they lose on Saturday and other results go against them. 

Leicester vs Man City predicted lineups

Leicester: (4-1-4-1) Ward; Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Justin, Soumare, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka.

Man City: (4-3-3) Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Laporte, Gomez, De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva, Foden, Haaland, Grealish. 

Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi could be back in the Leicester team to face Man City

Leicester vs Man City: Injuries and suspensions

Leicester could welcome back Wilfred Ndidi to the side on Saturday. The Nigerian international has been out for most of the month with a hamstring injury but has been training this week and should at least be involved in the squad after not being risked against Wolves. 

Defender Jonny Evans is also back training and could play after being out with a calf injury. 

Superstar striker Erling Haaland was subbed off on his return to Dortmund in midweek. The Norwegian suffered a knock on his foot after a tackle from former teammate Mats Hummels. 

After the match Guardiola commented on Haaland: “Three things. I saw him so tired. Second one there was a bit of influence (fever) in his body. And the third he had a knock in his foot. That is why he was unable to play in the second-half.” 

Joao Cancelo has also been suffering with tiredness and illness, so could miss the trip to Leicester, while Kyle Walker remains out while he recovers from groin surgery. 

Form (last 6 matches)

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Man City – DWWWLW

Leicester vs Man City: Form guide

From the depths of despair, Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester side have turned things around picking up seven points from a possible nine, including a 4-0 win away at Wolves at the weekend. 

Those points have lifted the Foxes out of the relegation zone, but they could well find themselves back in it if they lose to Man City on Saturday and any of Nottingham Forest, Wolves or Leeds –  all two points behind the Foxes – can manage a win. 

The Citizens have a big incentive to take all three points away with them from the King Power. A win would see them top the Premier League table at least until Arsenal play Nottingham Forest at the Emirates on Sunday.

City did well to bounce back against Brighton last Saturday, winning 3-1 after a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool the week before. 

Pep's men played out a 0-0 stalemate against Dortmund in midweek, but having already qualified from their group didn't need to over exert themselves. The Germans were also happy with a point that guaranteed them qualification to the knockout stages. 

However, last time Manchester City played out a lacklustre 0-0 in the Champions League (against Copenhagen) they lost their following Premier League fixture at Anfield. 

Rodgers will be hoping that history repeats itself on Saturday morning. 

Leicester vs Man City: Last time they met

These two last met on Boxing Day 2021 at the Etihad in what was a nine-goal thriller. 

Man City were 4-0 up in 25 minutes with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling. A second-half ten-minute goal blitz from Leicester, with strikes from James Maddison, Ademola Lookman and ex-City forward Kalechi Iheanacho, made it 4-3 before Aymeric Laporte and another Sterling goal made the final score 6-3.

It was a lot closer the last time Leicester and Man City met at the King Power in September 2021, with City only winning 1-0 through a Bernardo Silva goal. 

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva scored the only goal the last time these two teams met at the King Power back in 2021

He said what?!

Brendan Rodgers after his side's 4-0 win at Wolves: 

“It is four clean sheets in five games. Collectively, we were excellent today. We played well from Youri’s (Tielemans) first goal.

“We have played well in a lot of games, and we should have more points. We worked really well, defended well, and had the quality to score goals.

"We started slow and gave them the impetus, playing sideways and backwards. Danny [Ward] made a couple of great saves, but you have to stay strong away from home. When we played the ball forward, we looked good and could have scored more goals."

Leicester vs Man City: Players to watch

James Maddison turned it on against for Leicester at the weekend as they ripped Wolves apart and left Molineux with a 4-0 victory. 

This week England boss Gareth Southgate handed in his 55-man provisional squad for the World Cup next month, but it's anyone's guess who made the cut. 

The final 26-man squad will need to be submitted on 13 November, but will James Maddison be able to force his way into it? His performances recently have been outstanding.

The 25-year-old can score and create goals and is handy with set-pieces. Only England captain Harry Kane has more goal involvements from an English player since May. 

If Maddison can impress against the Champions he'll give Gareth something to ponder and enhance his chances of making it onto that plane to Qatar. 


james maddison taking a corner for Leicester
Can James Maddison force his way into Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Qatar World Cup?

Leicester vs Man City: Key stats

  • Leicester City have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League matches against Manchester City (W2) and have lost their last three in a row.
  • Since Pep Guardiola took charge of Man City in 2016-17, no side has scored more Premier League goals against the Citizens than Leicester (17), despite the Foxes losing nine of their 12 games against them in this time.
  • Manchester City's Premier League games have seen 47 goals so far this season (F36 A11), while Leicester's have seen 45 (F21 A24) – the two highest totals so far in 2022-23.
  • Last time out against Wolves, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy scored his 100th Premier League goal since turning 30, ending his 11-game goalless streak in the competition. The Englishman has scored eight Premier League goals against Manchester City, only netting more against Arsenal (11) and Watford (9). 
  •  Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has scored in each of the last three Premier League seasons against his former side Leicester (3 goals, all at the Etihad). Indeed, only Chris Wood (4) has scored more goals against the Foxes having previously played for them in the competition.
  • Leicester's James Maddison has been involved in 15 goals in his last 14 Premier League appearances, scoring 10 and assisting five. Since the start of that run in May, only Harry Kane (16) has been involved in more among English players.