Leicester City vs MANCHESTER CITY
(King Power Stadium – KO 15:00 GMT)
The 2015/16 Premier League champions host current leaders Manchester City this
weekend. The Citizens have scored 10 goals in their last three games and have hit the
back of the net in all of their Premier League fixtures this season.
Sergio Aguero will be available for selection despite fainting and being taken to hospital
when on international duty for Argentina. Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, who both
missed England’s recent friendlies due to injury, are also expected to return. However, the
Sky Blue’s will be without centre back Nicolas Otamendi who is banned.
Leicester City have not lost since late September and new manager Claude Puel has
made the Foxes competitive again. Unbeaten in six games in all competitions, three wins
and three draws, show that they are capable of giving City a run for their money.
The last three seasons have seen Man City edge the head to head. They have achieved
three wins and one draw. Leicester beat City twice in 2016 but lost their last encounter 2-1
in May of this year.
MANCESTER UNITED vs Newcastle United
(Old Trafford – KO 17:30 GMT)
The Red Devils will be looking to bounce back after their 1-0 defeat away at last year’s
Premier League champions Chelsea. The loss, which came before the international break,
left Jose Mourinho’s men eight points behind title and Manchester rivals City
Rumours suggest that Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be back on the bench for
United which will give them a much needed boost. Pogba’s absence has seen a drop in
form for his team due to a lack of creativity in midfield. Ibrahimovic will offer summer
signing Romelu Lukaku some back up and hopefully, for fans of the club, score goals to
ease the pressure on their new number nine.
Newcastle have also suffered a dip in form. Defeat to Burnley ended a three game
unbeaten run which included a draw against Liverpool. They followed that loss with a
home 1-0 defeat against struggling Bournemouth.
Man Utd are unbeaten in the last five games between the two sides and will be looking to
get their title hopes back on tack. Newcastle will be hoping they can relive their visit to Old
Trafford during the 2013/14 when a Yohan Cabaye goal saw them claim a 1-0 win.
The Football League
Bolton Wanderers will make the short trip to Deepdale to take on Preston in a bottom half
clash. Bolton sit 23rd in the Championship and need to continue a recent run of good form
to ensure they do not get cut adrift at the bottom of the league. Results have picked up for
the Wanderers as they have won two and drew three in their last five games, a run which
has seen them pick up nine of their 11 points so far.
Bury are currently propping up League One and currently have an interim manager, they will face seventh place Blackburn Rovers. Rochdale host Greater Manchester rivals
Oldham Athletic. They are 20 th and 18 th respectively in the league. Rochdale got the
better of the Latics last season winning at home and securing a draw at Oldham.
Words by Alan Brown