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Leicester City vs. Manchester City

The King Power Stadium

17/12/13

19h45 GMT

The Foxes versus The Citizens

Decisive December continues apace as City travel to Leicester for a Capital One League Cup Quarter Final...

Vital Quotes:

Manuel Pellegrini:
"I think this is an important cup. That is why from the beginning we have tried to play with a good team. If we get through to a semi-final we could play other big teams. Then a final at Wembley is always important."

Nigel Pearson:
'The league is the most important competition for us and I'm not going to look at things differently even against one of the best sides in the world. We're not a squad rotation club - we don't have a big enough squad. But players who are carrying niggles would be more likely to play on Tuesday if it were a league game. We want to go out and play as well as we can. For the football club it is a big tie that will generate revenue that was not budgeted for. But I don't make any excuses for saying that the league remains the most important competition for us and that will be the case with the FA Cup, too.'

Leicester City Team News:

OUT:
Chris Wood
Sean St. Ledger
Tom Hopper

LATE FITNESS TEST
Jamie Vardy

Player to watch: Dave Nugent

In search of an extended contract, the much travelled scouser joined The Foxes in July 2011 on a free transfer from nosediving Portsmouth and hasn't disappointed with a return of 43 goals in 120 appearances across all competitions. He's proved something of a penalty specialist this season. Won't need a second invitation to any half chances offered up by the Blues defence.

Manchester City Team News:

OUT:
Kun Agüero
Micah Richards
Matija Nastasic

Player to watch: Edin Džeko

Some might say that Džeko, despite a respectable scoring record in England of 47 goals in 126 league and cup appearances inside 2 years is playing in something of a last chance saloon at Manchester City following some edgy interviews and questionable body language. But his hard work in Munich last week suggested he might have other ideas. The calf injury to Sergio Agüero now gives the big Bosnian a very real chance to help lead City's line through Christmas, but he will only get the nod if he starts finishing off the gilt edged chances he's missed all season. Opportunity knocks, Edin.

Match Facts & Stats

THE NUMBERS GAME:
The Foxes are aiming to secure a place in the League Cup last four the first time since 2000 when they beat Aston Villa. City last made the semi-finals and a 2 legged defeat to Liverpool 2 seasons ago.

The Blues have scored a gigantic 72 goals in 24 games across three competitions to date.

HEAD TO HEAD
League: 40 City Wins, 23 Draws, 25 Leicester Wins
League Cup: 2 City Wins
FA Cup: 8 City Wins, 5 Draws, 2 Leicester Wins
Total: 50 City Wins, 28 Draws, 27 Leicester Wins

THIS COULD BE THE LAST TIME:
Tu 18Jan 2011 Man City 4 - 2 Leicester FAC3R
Su 09Jan 2011 Leicester 2 - 2 Man City FAC3
Sa 24Apr 2004 Leicester 1 - 1 Man City PL
We 14Jan 2004 Leicester 1 - 3 Man City FAC3R
Sa 03Jan 2004 Man City 2 - 2 Leicester FAC3
Su 09Nov 2003 Man City 0 - 3 Leicester PL

Betting: Leicester 15/2 Draw 15/4 City 4/11 Racing Post Soccerbase

FORM LAST 6 GAMES ALL COMPETITIONS:
Leicester: LWWLLD
City: WWWDWW

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TV COVERAGE:
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mcfcofficial: PELLEGRINI ON BARCA: Leicester v City Preview Part 1

Ref Watch:

Roger East from Wiltshire Has never reffed a Manchester City fixture -2012/13: 44 Games, 147 Yellows, 6 Reds. -2013/14: 11 Games, 33 Yellows, 0 Reds.

Match Prediction:

Johnny On The Spot: Both these sides face crucial away fixtures in their respective leagues on Saturday. City have another must win game on the road at a now gobshite ex-rag coach controlled Fulham and Leicester have a tough assignment at Championship table toppers QPR. Therefore, this League Cup Quarter Final can be viewed very much in isolation and I would suggest takes second billing in both clubs eyes to their weekend clashes...There's contrasting form ahead of the kick off. The Foxes have drifted into erratic results across the past 4 weeks whereas The Blues have upped their level of performance more consistently over the same period save for easing off the gas at Southampton ahead of that stunning win at Bayern Munich...I think this will come down to who wants it more. 7 of the 8 League Cup Quarter Finalists this week are Premier League sides and the stronger squads will view the competition as their best shot at silverware in 2014. That said, their main goals will certainly lie elsewhere. Home advantage is everything in a cup competition, especially in the latter context so Leicester must surely know that these two factors combined could open the door to an upset against a second string City XI. However, I'm banking on The Citizens resurgence to continue as Manuel Pellegrini strives to get every side he selects playing in the same style. Winning momentum is everything right now. The onus has to be upon getting the job done quickly and efficiently. One thing The Engineer won't want is any suggestion of extra-time or penalties such is the continuing intensity of this month's pivotal fixtures...City should seal the result inside 90 minutes to the tune of 2 goals. Leicester 0 City 2

Next Fixtures:

all times East Manchester GMT
Sa 21 Dec 15h00 Fulham, Craven Cottage PL
Th 26 Dec 15h00 Liverpool, The Etihad PL
Sa 28 Dec 15h00 Crystal Palace, The Etihad PL
We 01 Jan2014 15h00 Swansea City, Liberty Stadium PL
Sa 04Jan 2014 12h45 Blackburn, Ewood Park, FAC3
Su 12Jan 2014 14h05 Newcastle United, St James Park, PL
Sa 18Jan 2014 15h00, Cardiff City, The Etihad, PL
We 29Jan 2014 19h45, Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane, PL
Mo 03Feb 2014 20h00, Chelsea, The Etihad, PL




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Date:Monday December 16 2013

Time: 1:58AM

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We should be able to win this and keep a clean sheet. I expect them to play a bit dirty.
johnkelv
Must be a win, surely. Rodders to score plus Molner and Dzeko.
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