Manchester City v Leicester: match preview | Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has raised the prospect of a general strike in protest at the punishing schedule – an idea the managers of less well-resourced clubs may find amusing coming from him – and judging by results there is little evidence that City are struggling to cope. Since a shock 2-0 reverse against Crystal Palace at the end of October the Premier League champions have scored 31 times in 11 matches and will face a Leicester side who have leaked a worrying number of goals against higher-calibre opposition this season. Jamie Vardy is always a threat and scored twice against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but City are odds-on favourites for a ninth straight league win. Luke McLaughlin

Boxing Day 3pm

Venue Etihad Stadium

Last season Manchester City 2 Leicester 5

Odds H 1-5 A 16-1 D 7-1

Referee Chris Kavanagh

This season G8 Y35 R2 4.88 cards/game


Subs from Carson, Steffen, Walker, Stones, Aké, Grealish, Silva, Fernandinho, Kayky, Foden, Delap, Palmer

Doubtful Walker (match fitness)

Injured Torres (foot, 1 Jan)

Suspended None


Discipline Y27 R1

Leading scorer Silva 7


Subs from Jakupovic, Ward, Justin, Soyuncu, Bertrand, Evans, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Pérez, Amartey, Choudhury, Pereira, Daley-Campbell, Dewsbury-Hall, Mendy, Daka, Benkovic, Lookman

Doubtful Choudhury (Covid), Daley-Campbell (Covid), Evans (hamstring), Justin (match fitness), Pereira (knock), Soyuncu (hamstring), Vardy (hamstring)

Injured Fofana (broken leg, Feb)

Suspended None


Discipline Y23 R1

Leading scorer Vardy 9

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