27 September 2020 16:43
What term do you want to search? Search with google Manchester City are back in Premier League action with their first home game of the new season against Leicester City. City beat Wolves in their first fixture on Monday before a young side overcame Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Thursday. Now, the quick turnaround of fixtures continues with the visit of 2016 Premier League champions Leicester, who could go top of the table with a win today. Pep Guardiola was dealt a blow with the injury to Gabriel Jesus on Monday, with the Brazilian out for a month and Sergio Aguero still unavailable.
That leaves no fit senior striker, meaning City will have to play someone out of position or call on youngster Liam Delap again. Guardiola said he only has 13 fit players for today's game, limiting his options, but Nathan Ake and Fernandinho should return to the starting line up after sitting out the Bournemouth game. Follow below for build-up, live match updates and post match reaction from the Etihad. 4 mins: GOAL! De Bruyne wins a corner for City and sends it into the box.
Pep Guardiola fielded a much-changed side as they saw off a spirited Bournemouth side to progress to the Carabao Cup fourth round on Thursday. Last season's runners up also got off to a good start in the Premier League, beating Wolves 3-1 away in their opening game of the season. With kick-off at 4:30pm BST, follow the game with James Robson at the Etihad! Live Updates 33 mins: Brilliant play by City. Walker finds De Bruyne down the right-hand side, before the midfielder drills a low cross into the box, which is booted clear.
Foden and Sterling were perhaps guilty of being caught on their heels there. 28 mins: Leicester have really grown into the match now, enjoying a spell of possession in the City half. However, perhaps the telling stat is that City are 5-0 up in attempts. 26 mins: Huge chance missed for Leicester! Well, that will give the away side confidence if nothing else. They show great pace as the break on the counter, the ball eventually falling to left-back Justin, who gets his pass to Vardy all wrong. Chance. Advertisement 25 mins: City should score! De Bruyne whips in a teasing free-kick which Fernandinho heads straight at Schmeichel with just the keeper to beat. They had to score. YELLOW CARD 23 mins: And it gets worse for the Foxes. City break from the corner with De Bruyne. The Belgian is dragged down by Tielemans, who gets his name in the book for his troubles. 22 mins: Leicester go short with the corner before Justin swings a wasteful cross into the arms of a grateful Ederson. Advertisement 21 mins: Leicester offer their first threat of the game as Albrighton finds Barnes on the left. He shows Garcia too much of the ball, however, and the defender sweeps it behind for a corner. James Robson at the Etihad This has been more like a practice match than a Premier League tie. City are in complete control and just camped in Leicester's half. Leicester have offered next to nothing going forward so far. They are obviously a threat on the break, but there's been little sign of them being able to spring any kind of attack. 18 mins: And it's not just possession City are enjoying, they're making good use of it too. Mahrez plays Sterling in with a cleverly disguised ball, but his effort is weak and Schmiechel saves. Advertisement 17 mins: Rather extraordinarily, Manchester City have enjoyed 81 per cent of the possession so far. Leicester are struggling to get hold of the ball and are yet to mount an attack. 13 mins: The home side continue to press and probe, as Rodri wins the ball outside the Leicester box, before firing a right-footed effort high above the bar. 10 mins: Mahrez sends a through ball behind the Leicester defence looking for Sterling. And for a second, it appears as if the England international is through, but he tripped Evans and the whistle is blown. Advertisement 7 mins: City's dominance has not subsided since the goal. They are camped inside the Leicester half, who have sunk back into a defensive line once more. James Robson at the Etihad Stunning goal by Mahrez. He couldn't have hit it better. Totally unstoppable. City not suffering too much from a lack of strikers so far. Goal! Manchester City 1-0 Leicester | Riyad Mahrez 4' Kevin De Bruyne's cross is diverted behind for the first corner of the game, which the Belgian delivers. It's headed clear by Justin, but only as far as Mahrez, who unleashes an absolute rocket into the top left corner with his weaker right foot. Brilliant. Advertisement 2 mins: It's City who begin on the front foot, with Foden looking to work it into the box early on. Leicester then show their threat on the counter but Jamie Vardy is called offside. KICK OFF Kick off! We're underway at the Etihad! Man City boss Pep Guardiola speaking to Sky Sports: "With just 13 or 14 players available, it is so easy to make the team selection. We are going to miss them [Jesus and Aguero] but we are a team with many, many players to score goals. "It's important to win the first 10 games, but it's important to win the next 10 games, and it's important to win the last 10 games! "But for the mood, patience, confidence, winning games give you points but also the emotional side is so important." Advertisement Just under 10 minutes until kick-off! After such drama in the Sprus game, we have another intriguing game at the Etihad. And kick-off is just minutes away! Today's results to far Newcastle have stolen a point at Tottenham with a controversial handball penalty converted by Callum Wilson. Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle Next Date, time and venue Manchester City vs Leicester is scheduled for a 4.30pm BST kick-off on Sunday, September 27. This match will be played behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus. How to watch TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports' Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app. Team news Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Ake, Mendy, Rodrigo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Foden Subs: Steffen, Zinchenko, Laporte, Torres, Delap, Doyle, Palmer Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Evans, Soyuncu, Justin, Mendy, Amartey, Tielemans, Praet, Barnes, Vardy Subs: Maddison, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Choudhury, Fuchs Prediction: Man City 2-1 Leicester Manchester City go into this game as undoubted favourites but a Leicester side who have started well will certainly give them a stern test. Guardiola's side were not at their best against Wolves but secured the crucial three points having entered with a six-point deficit having started the season a week late. Though Leicester have amassed two league wins in as many games, I expect a fitter City to put on a show as they continue their early title challenge. Head to head (h2h) history and results Manchester City and Leicester are certainly no strangers having met 120 times in their history. It's the home side who enter the fixture with the better record, having won on 61 occasions, as opposed to Leicester's 30 wins, alongside 29 draws. City have won three times on the bounce against Leicester, including a 3-1 victory at the Etihad last season. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Evening Standard