Claude Puel will be on the touchline for the third time in a Premier League game since his appointment as Leicester City manager late in October. Just before the international break, Leicester City took the lead twice at Stoke City only to allow the Potters to come from behind to secure a crucial point in a game that ended in a stalemate of 2-2. The Foxes are currently twelfth in the Premier League standings, and Claude Puel's men are aware that a victory over manchester city can see them climb up to position eight should the four teams in front of them fail to win their respective matches.

Manchester City travels to King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon seeking to widen their lead at the top with a victory over the 2015/16 Premier League champions, Leicester City. The Citizens go into the match quite aware that no outcome at Leicester City can displace them at the top given that Pep Guardiola's men are eight points clear ahead of their closest challengers, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs.

Talking points

  • Three out of the last four meetings in the Premier League between the two sides have seen a winner emerge with Leicester City prevailing on two occasions while the Citizens won only once. The remaining encounter ended in a barren draw.
  • Leicester City hasn't lost any of their last five Premier League games with three games ending in draws while the remaining two games ending in victories. The last three Premier League matches have seen the Foxes score at least two goals on each occasion.
  • The last three contests featuring Manchester City and Leicester City have witnessed a total of at least three goals on each occasion. The corresponding fixture saw Leicester City thump Manchester City 4-2 in a game that Jamie Vardy scored three times.
  • Manchester City has won all their previous nine matches in Premier League. In fact, the Citizens have scored a minimum of three goals in seven out of the last eight Premier League matches they've played.
  • Manchester City remains the only side that remains unbeaten in Premier League since the season began. The Citizens have been rampant with Guardiola's men winning both at half-time and full-time in seven out of their last eight Premier League matches.

Team news

James Matty and Robert Huth are automatic absentees as the Foxes host the league leaders while Adrien Silva is ineligible to face Manchester City.

Vincente Ibbora and Ben Chilwell are doubtful with the former nursing an injury he sustained before the international break.

Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany remain long-term absentees and will miss the trip to Leicester City with the duo nursing various forms of injuries. Nicolas Otamendi will miss the contest after receiving yellow cards in two consecutive games.

Sergio Aguero who fell sick in Argentina's 4-2 loss to Nigeria in the international break is available for selection, but Pep Guardiola may not include him on the team due to his fitness level. England international duo of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph are doubtful but could recover in time to face off with the Foxes.

Full-time prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Manchester City