Manchester City will be facing Leicester City in the English Premier League in the upcoming match week. While both teams have won two out of the three games, Manchester City looks to be the favourites. This comes after they demolish Arsenal and Norwich in 5-0 victories against each.
Leicester City didn’t have the greatest of starts to this season after facing a 4-1 loss against West Ham. While for many it was a curtain call to their excellence run in the previous season, the team bounced back. Winning the next two games while having certain individuals from their starting 11 injured. It must be stated that this season Leicester City will be playing in the UEFA Europa League. Due to this, there will be a strain on the fitness of the players in the squad. Leicester City had previously defeated Manchester City in the Community Shield. While during that game, it must be stated that Manchester City used an unorthodox starting line-up. While the outcome of the match was decided by a penalty in the 89th minute. Which was taken by the former Manchester City player Kelechi Iheanacho and scored as well.
While that result has sent social media into a frenzy, the analyst looked at that game from a point of tactics. It could be easily seen that Manchester City was testing their new 4-4-2 system. While not having half of the main squad available due to the Euros. Manchester City after losing their first game of the league bounced back hard. Realising the issue with their system at the time, made certain changes and reworked it to perfection. Though Manchester City couldn’t sign Harry Kane, the club looks even more lethal than they did last season.
Why the Manchester City vs Leicester City Game Will Be One To Watch?
Even with the number of injures within the squad increasing for Leicester city, the club has been able to play their system. With the likes of Jamie Vardy not looking to stop scoring goals at each possible chance provided to him. Players like Ndidi and Tielemans in the midfield help progress the ball while at the same time defend the ball. Leicester would like to start in their preferred 4-2-3-1 formation with James Maddison in the number 10 spot. The only manner how Leicester would be able to win this game is if they can score at each counter-attacking chance they get.
Even though the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are doubtful due to injuries. The club has the squad depth to fill 22 players on the pitch. Due to this Manchester city could start in the preferred and known 4-3-3 formation. But at the same time could transition to the 4-4-2 formation for the need to create spaces. Ferran Torres has made the smooth transition to the Number 9 position to play as a striker. Due to this the current system implemented by Manchester City can work to perfection. While Grealish Drifts wide and forward, Torres and Jesus can rotate their roles of being false nines.
The match could go either way but the most probable outcome would be Manchester City winning with a scoreline of 3-1.