Man City MCI De Bruyne (5'), Mahrez (Pen 14'), Gündogan (21'), Sterling (Pen 25', 87'), Laporte (69')
6-3 FT
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Premier League Gameweek 19
Dec 26, 2021 KO: 15:00

Man City - Leicester City

Etihad Stadium Manchester
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
De Bruyne 5'  
Mahrez (Pen) 14'  
Gündogan 21'  
Sterling (Pen) 25'  
  55' Maddison
  59' Lookman
  65' Iheanacho
Laporte 69'  
Sterling 87'  

Match preview

Bernardo Silva rested? - How Man City could line up against Leicester

Pep Guardiola is known for rotating, and with three games in six days, he may choose Boxing Day to rest his star man

Manchester City go into Christmas as Premier League leaders once again, three points clear of Liverpool in second.

They've been imperious once again, although slight off-the-field concerns have crept in.

Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have both been dropped for disciplinary reasons, while Ferran Torres appears to be on his way to Barcelona.

In the case of Foden and Grealish, it's put halts in otherwise impressive 2021/22 seasons. Grealish may not have the goals and assists to show for it, but he's settled into life at the club.

Foden, on the other hand, has taken another leap forward, but they both could be side-lined again on Boxing Day.

Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling were the selected front three against Newcastle in their absence, and helped City to a comfortable 4-0 win, with Mahrez and Sterling both appearing on the scoresheet.

Unlike Leicester, Man City didn't have a midweek cup fixture, after being knocked out by West Ham, so will be well rested ahead of hosting Brendan Rodgers' side.

Even so, Guardiola may look to rotate with so many fixtures to come.

Ederson will remain in goal, with a back four of Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, and Oleksandr Zinchencko in front of him.

Bernardo Silva has been a regular this season, but Guardiola may opt to give him a break, and instead use a midfield three of Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, and Kevin de Bruyne.

As for the forward line, Cole Palmer may have to wait until midweek for a start as the Spanish manager will most likely keep the same front three as against Newcastle.

Man City's Potential Starting XI vs Leicester

Man City vs Leicester - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

Man City
Statistics
Leicester City
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
8
Draws
1
5
Losses
4
7
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
51
40
Goals Per Game
2.55
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
13
15
More > 3 Goals
8
11
Scored First in a Match
13
10
Scored Both Halves
10
8
Won More > 1 Goal
10
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
16
35
Did Not Score
3
3
Both Teams Scored
10
15
Kept Clean Sheet
8
2
Won Without Conceding
7
2
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
19
13
Shots on Target
7.80
5.35
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.17
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.59
2.07
Penalties
0.10
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.10
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.05
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
6.80
13
Shots on Target Conceded
2.74
4.45
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.14
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
8.80
10
Yellow Cards
1.55
1.50
Red Cards
0.10
0.00

Injuries

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  2. Knee Injury image description
  3. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
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  5. Ankle/Foot Injury image description

Suspended

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