STAR PREVIEW: Leicester v Man City
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e’re slap bang in the middle of panto season and tonight we find out whether, in the case of Leicester City, they will all live happily ever after or slip down the beanstalk quicker than you can say Auld Lang Syne.
Their progress has been the talk of the season so far but, excuse the cliche, it’s a season of two halves and most pundits expect them to drop back as we approach the New Year.
That puts far more pressure on them than Man City tonight because if Leicester are to have title aspirations, then a win tonight over one of their principal rivals must surely be a pre-requisite. Whatever you think of Leicester’s chances, three points tonight would send them back to the top of the table:
2 points clear of Arsenal
6 points clear of Spurs
6 points clear of Man City
In that scenario you can expect some shuffling in the Star Sports title odds too. Pre-match they are:
5/4 Man City
Leicester have got Bournemouth and Villa in the next couple of weeks so even more reason to think that a win for them tonight could give them a real mid-season tonic.
The Foxes nine match unbeaten run came to an end at Anfield on Boxing Day – it was a 1-0 defeat and only their second loss of the season so far. Their other defeat was a 5-2 thumping by Arsenal.
The good news for Leicester is that their leading scoring duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are fit to start tonight. Both were substituted at Anfield and have been pivotal to the Leicester success story so far.
The Foxes will also take heart from the fact that Man City captain Vincent Company is out with a calf injury.
Leicester City v Man City
19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Mar 2015 PREMIER Man City 2-0 Leicester
Dec 2014 PREMIER Leicester 0-1 Man City
Dec 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Leicester 1-3 Man City
Jan 2011 FA CUP Man City 4-2 Leicester
Jan 2011 FA CUP Leicester 2-2 Man City
Apr 2004 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-1 Man City
Jan 2004 FA CUP Leicester 1-3 Man City
Jan 2004 FA CUP Man City 2-2 Leicester
Nov 2003 PREMIERSHIP Man City 0-3 Leicester
Apr 2001 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-2 Man City
Man City are unbeaten in their last five league trips to Leicester (W3, D2) but this is very much ‘new’ Leicester and I think they will fight as if their season depends on it tonight. In many ways, it does, if they really want the fairytale to turn into reality.
Forget panto, Paramount Pictures will be making a feature film if Leicester can do the unthinkable this season. At 3/1 with Star Sports tonight I’m still dreaming the dream.
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