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Manchester City will go top of the Premier League - at least temporarily - with a win
Leicester City have climbed out of the relegation zone after a recent uptick
This should be an entertaining game with attacks likely to come out on top
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The Foxes have tightened up of late but keeping out the Premier League champions will be a much tougher task.
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Arsenal have been top of the Premier League table ever since a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on August 20. Mikel Arteta’s men, who missed out on the top four and Champions League qualification last term, have exceeded expectations at the start of the 2022/23 campaign, winning nine of their first 11 matches to sit two points clear of the chasing pack.
Prior to last weekend, Arsenal had only dropped points once all season - a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United in which they were arguably the better team. But last Sunday brought a 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s. Arsenal made a strong start to the game but faded in the second half, with several players looking leggy and tired after a hectic period of soccer.
Manchester City will have been pleased with what they saw on the south coast. Pep Guardiola’s side do not only have much more experience in title races than this iteration of Arsenal, but they also have far greater strength in depth. That gives the City boss the opportunity to shuffle his pack with a greater degree of confidence than Arteta.
The defending champions will climb back to the summit of the standings with a win at Leicester in the early kick-off on Saturday, with Arsenal not in action until more than 24 hours later.
Psychologically, that could be key. The Gunners would be chasing down City for the first time this term, and while Nottingham Forest at home is not the hardest fixture, Steve Cooper’s side did beat Liverpool last time out.
Despite Arsenal’s excellent start, the best online sportsbooks still have City down as strong favorites to win the Premier League title. With the 2022 World Cup on the horizon, Guardiola will be striving to take the top spot before the six-week break.
Leicester will hope that they have left the relegation zone behind for good. Having propped up the Premier League table in the first couple of months of the campaign, the Foxes are now outside the bottom three following an uptick in form of late. The seventeenth place is still not satisfactory for a club with Europa League aspirations, but it is at least a start.
Brendan Rodgers came under heavy pressure following Leicester’s dismal results early on. A return of one point from the first 21 available would disappoint even promoted teams, let alone an established Premier League force that was participating in continental competition just last term. Many of the club’s fans turned against the manager, despite a lack of investment in the summer transfer market.
The Leicester board kept faith in Rodgers, though, and they will now hope that his side has turned a corner. Three wins in their last five games, plus seven points from the last nine on offer, has inspired hope that Leicester can climb up to mid-table before the Premier League breaks off for the tournament in Qatar in the middle of next month.
A game against Manchester City this weekend means Leicester could take another step backward before they continue moving in the right direction. But Rodgers will be pleased with how his team has performed in recent weeks, and the ex-Liverpool boss will no longer be so fearful of losing his job. Perhaps Leicester, in front of their own fans, might even be able to give City a scare.
The last meeting between these two sides was a 6-3 thriller in Manchester City’s favor at the Etihad Stadium last December. Recent matches at the King Power between this pair have been much tighter. City have triumphed in each of their last three visits, but by the more slender scorelines of 1-0, 2-0, and 1-0.
We anticipate more of a goal-laden affair on Saturday. Leicester’s confidence has risen on the back of their recent performances and results, not least a 4-0 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out. But while the Foxes have now kept three clean sheets on the bounce, keeping out the likes of Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez will surely be beyond them.
We do fancy Leicester to find the net too, though. They pack a punch in attack, whether it is Jamie Vardy, Patson Daka, or Kelechi Iheanacho who starts up top. Much of their threat comes from the players behind the frontman, such as Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, and the excellent James Maddison.
This promises to be an entertaining match with the attacks likely to triumph over the defenses. Back both teams to score and over 2.5 goals when Leicester host Manchester City in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday.
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|Teams||Leicester City vs Manchester City|
|Location||King Power Stadium, Leicester, England|
|Time||Saturday, 29 October 2022, 7.30 AM ESDT|
|How to watch||USA Network|
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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