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City v Leicester: Talking Points

TALKING POINTS: City take on Leicester this Saturday in a crucial Premier League game.

TALKING POINTS: City take on Leicester this Saturday in a crucial Premier League game.

Manchester City host Leicester this weekend in the Premier League.

And Club journalist Rob Pollard has had a look at a few of the pre-match talking points.

King Kev

There can be little doubt who the Premier League’s top-performing player this season has been. 

Kevin De Bruyne has been imperious, delivering a series of world-class displays that have been key to our fine campaign so far, scoring seven Premier League goals and assisting 11 more.

The weight and accuracy of his passing have grabbed the majority of the headlines – but his work off the ball been just as valuable. He has run an amazing 288km in the Premier League this season, more than any other City player.

He’s becoming the complete central-midfield player and we’re lucky to be witnessing his brilliance. Leicester beware... 

READ: City v Leicester | Injury Update

READ: Pep | We will take it one game at a time 

Injury problems beginning to ease

Pep Guardiola will welcome back John Stones and Phil Foden for the game against the Foxes, meaning the City boss is beginning to get his full squad of players back to full fitness.

Stones has had a fine season and will compete with Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and new signing Aymeric Laporte for a starting place, while Foden, who was flying before damaging ankle ligaments at Leicester in the Carabao Cup, offers additional midfield guile.

David Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined but all are making good progress with their recovery.

Fortress Etihad 

City are currently unbeaten in 25 home games in the Premier League.In fact, we've won our last 12 in a row. 

It's the 14th time in Premier League history a run of 25+ unbeaten home games has been strung together and the first since Chelsea, whose 26-game sequence ended in April 2014. 

Eight more wins this season will see us lift the Premier League title. Ticking one of them off on Saturday would be a huge boost. 

But…

Difficult past

City have struggled against Leicester in recent years.

In fact, we have lost four of our last six league games at the Etihad against them.

The most memorable, of course, was the 3-1 defeat in 2016, a result that gave the Leicester players genuine belief they could win the title, which they duly did by 10 points.

This, though, is a new and much-improved City. 

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Vardy threat

There is a doubt over whether Riyad Mahrez will figure given the Algerian only returned to training today after having failed to report for duty in the wake of seeing a potential deadline-day move to City collapse.

But Leicester still have plenty of potent attacking weapons, including striker Jamie Vardy, whose pace and direct style have troubled City in the past. He has recorded a top speed of 35.1 kilometres this season and bagged 12 league goals.

Vardy often saves his best performances for the Premier League’s “Top Six”. His minutes-to-goal ratio and conversion rate significantly increase when playing the biggest teams.

He scores a goal every 152 minutes against the biggest sides in the division (as opposed to a goal every 220 minutes against the rest) and boasts a conversion rate of 30 per cent (versus 17 per cent). In raw terms, he has scored 22 Premier League goals in 42 appearances against the current top six clubs since his top-flight debut in August 2014, more than any other player during that period. 

He, undoubtedly, is the Foxes’ dangerman.  

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