Ahead of the penultimate Premier League game of 2015, read our Leicester City v Man City preview.
Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth sent the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table, but Leicester City will return to the summit if they beat Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Man City can move above Leicester and close to within one point of Arsenal by securing their fourth away victory of the season.
Leicester come into this game two days after suffering their first defeat in 11 Premier League games – a 1-0 loss at Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Man City have lost three of their last six league matches – away at Stoke and Arsenal, after being thrashed 4-1 at home by Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Man City have beaten Leicester in their previous four encounters and the Manchester outfit have not lost to the Foxes since they were hammered 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium in 2003 – nine meetings ago.
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Manuel Pellegrini’s side, fresh from a 4-1 victory over Sunderland on Boxing Day, are likely to be without captain Vincent Kompany, according to Eurosport. The Belgian centre-back suffered a calf injury setback against the Black Cats.
Kompany’s absence means Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi will probably start at the heart of Man City’s backline, although Pellegrini could turn to Martin Demichelis as he searches for the formula for a first clean sheet in 10 matches in all competitions.
The injury news is also worrying from a Leicester perspective. Sky Sports news reported late on Sunday night that leading goalscorer Jamie Vardy was doubtful with an illness, having been taken off after 69 minutes against Liverpool.
However, a match preview published on Leicester’s official website on Monday morning did not mention Vardy at all. Leicester’s official preview did confirm that Jeffrey Schlupp and Matty James will not feature on Tuesday, because of respective hamstring and calf issues.