PL Match Preview : Leicester vs Manchester City

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Manchester City need a response after their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in which they completely lost their heads towards the end. They are four points adrift of the league leaders but come up against the perfection opposition to get back on track.

Leicester are winless in five league matches and even carried their poor domestic form into the Champions League in midweek after being thrashed 5-0 away to Porto. They have only lost one league game at home this season, but are now only two points above the bottom three.

City have won three of their last four away from home in the league and should have enough to overcome some key absences on Saturday. Just one clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all competitions does at least give Leicester a glimmer of hope. Naijabet.com

Team News

Leicester – Claudio Ranieri made wholesale changes for Leicester’s final Champions League group stage match which they lost 5-0 to Porto. He will recall all of his usual starts for the reception of Manchester City on Saturday.

Danny Drinkwater featured in Leicester’s defeat to Porto in midweek, but completes his three-match ban here.

PL Match Preview : Manchester City vs Chelsea

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This eagerly anticipated fixture will see two of the most tactically astute managers come together in what could land an early blow in the destination of the Premier League title.

Chelsea have won each of their last seven matches in the Premier League and are currently one-point clear of Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s early kick-off.

Antonio Conte’s side have only conceded one-goal in that time, meaning City will need to be at their best to break down Chelsea’s defence. Naijabet

City, meanwhile, have only kept two clean sheets all season and aren’t in their best moment despite being unbeaten in their last six league matches.

Each of their last two matches have only been settled by a one-goal margin and they will need to improve if they are to become the first team to stop Chelsea from winning since September.

PL Match Preview : Burnley vs Manchester City

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Burnley did not warm up for the reception of Manchester City in ideal fashion. They come into Saturday’s fixture off the back of a shock 4-0 defeat to West Brom! Returning to home soil should provide them with some confidence, where they have the fourth best record in the league – only Tottenham and Chelsea have collected more points at home than Burnley this season, so it will not be a walkover for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Manchester City managed an unconvincing 1-1 draw against Gladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday but now turn their attentions to this match against Burnley. Their performances have dropped in recent weeks, but they have still won five of their six league away matches.

Burnley triumphed the last time they welcomed City and it would be a shock if they can repeat the feat here. City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four, which should give Burnley added faith, but an away win seems likely, even if only a narrow one. Naija and Bet

Team News

Burnley – Burnley have a clean bill of health ahead of the reception of Manchester City after Stephen Ward returned at left-back against West Brom on Monday.

CL Match Preview : Borussia M.Gladbach vs Manchester City

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Manchester City kept their aim of finishing top of the group alive after beating Barcelona last time out, but they still need Luis Enrique’s side to slip up in order to overturn the current two-point gap and that isn’t likely.

After a run of six matches without a win, City are now unbeaten in four and have won three of those. Defending is still an issue for City, who have only managed one clean sheet in their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Gladbach, meanwhile, have only won three of their last 12 competitive matches and are winless in their last four. One win in their last six home matches is also not a great record ahead of the reception of City, who beat them 4-0 in the reverse fixture back in September.

With Gladbach back to full strength you cannot underestimate the German side. Pep Guardiola has also struggled against Andre Schubert in the past to add to what should be an interesting tie, but City should come out on top in the end. Naijabet.com

Team News

Borussia M.Gladbach – Gladbach will be without Julian Korb after he was sent off in their 1-1 draw with Celtic in their last Champions League outing.

Match Preview : Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

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After a commendable run of form, Crystal Palace have faltered of late having failed to win any of their last five league matches, losing four.

The international break will have come as a welcome reprieve for Pardew, though the welcome of Manchester City is not what he will have wanted so soon after the domestic hiatus.

City were forced to settle for a point in the welcome of Middlesbrough last time out as a late goal saw them lose ground in the race for the title. Guardiola’s side, though, have failed to win only one of their last five visits to Selhurst Park, so will be confident of a return to winning ways.

The home support will demand a return to victory, but their winless run could continue on Saturday. Naijabet.com

Team News

Crystal Palace – Alan Pardew is without Pape Souare, Loic Remy and Jonathan Benteke due to injury.

UCL Match Preview Manchester City vs Barcelona

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Both manager’s have injury concerns ahead of this massive fixture. Pep Guardiola was humilated 4-0 on his return to Camp Nou in the reverse fixture and will need to pull off a shock result to have any chance of usurping his old employer’s to first place in the group.

City ended a winless run of six matches with an easy 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, in which Sergio Aguero returned to his best.

Barcelona limped to a 1-0 win over Granada at the weekend but they have won each of their last four and kept clean sheets in three of those matches. That will please Luis Enrique, who is without Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique. Naija and Bet

The away side are clear favourites to win once again but it may not be as easy as their 4-0 triumph on home soil, although they have scored at least three goals in four of their last five away matches in all competitions.

Team News

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero was controversially left out of the starting XI that lost 4-0 to Barcelona in the reverse fixture but Pep Guardiola has confirmed the Argentina international will start up front on Tuesday.
Claudio Bravo was sent off on his return to Camp Nou and will miss this match, with Willy Caballero set to deputise between the sticks here.
With Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna doubts, Fernando could be forced to play at the back once more. Vincent Kompany may not be risked in a game of such importance.
Barcelona – Jeremy Mathieu was sent off in their 4-0 win over Manchester City and will miss out here. Barcelona will also be without Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta, who are both injured.
Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Arda Turan and Rafinha are vying to start in Iniesta’s place on Tuesday night.
Lucas Digne may have to deputise in Jordi Alba’s absence if he fails to recover from injury.
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Match Facts
Barcelona have won their last 5 matches against Man City in all competitions.
Barcelona have won 6 of their last 7 UEFA Champions League matches.
Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Barcelona‘s last 6 games in UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City‘s last 3 UCL games.
As at this post Manchester City has 2.87 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Barcelona has 2.46 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.65.

Match Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola has now gone six matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career following their 1-0 defeat in the League Cup to Manchester United on Wednesday.

Despite having gone the whole of October without a win, Manchester City are still top of the league, level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal. City need to arrest that form, although West Brom won’t go down without a fight.

West Brom have drawn three of their last four matches, although they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool last time out. They have only won two matches all season but are three points above the bottom three, with four other teams bridging the gap between the Baggies and the relegation places.

City have won each of their last six matches against West Brom and scored at least two goals in each of those matches. Guardiola rested some of his key men in midweek and their freshness should give them the edge at the weekend. Naijabet.com

Team News
West Bromwich Albion – Tony Pulis will be without Claudio Yacob after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last time out. West Brom can, however, welcome Jonny Evans back from suspension.

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Everton

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Manchester City are winless in their last two matches and have shown where sides can give them problems in both games. They are perhaps a little fortunate to be coming up against an Everton side that have also lost their way in recent weeks.

Everton are now winless in their last three matches having won five on the spin before that. They have not beaten City in any of their last six matches in Manchester.

The outcome of this fixture could depend on what players can recover from injury in time for both sides. City have a number of injury concerns ahead of this match, which could bring Everton into the game. Naijabet

Team News

Manchester City : Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for three weeks after injuring his hamstring during the international break. Kevin de Bruyne was expected to miss this fixture but could return to the squad earlier than anticipated if there are no setbacks in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

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There were fears Sergio Aguero had picked up an injury on duty with Argentina, but he insists he is fit. Raheem Sterling missed the international period due to a calf injury and remains a doubt for the reception of Everton, but Nolito is back in contention after servin his three-match ban. Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph aren’t expected to feature in any capacity this weekend.

Pep Guardiola has been reluctant in using Leroy Sane so far this season, which could mean Jesus Navas is given another chance to impress should Sterling fail to recover.

Everton : Phil Jagielka was forced to withdraw from the England squad during the international break due to a thigh strain but has been passed fit for this fixture, as have Romelu Lukaku, Darron Gibson and Leighton Baines.

James McCarthy hasn’t featured in any of Everton’s last seven matches because of injury and Ronald Koeman says the midfielder is ‘overloaded’ after featuring heavily during the international break. This suggests he will not play against Manchester City.

Match Fact

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City‘s last 6 PL home games.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home PL matches .

Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home matches (Premier League).

Man City have won 5 of their last 6 home PL matches.

Man City are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Everton in all competitions.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester City has 1.48 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Everton has 4.52 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.81

Stoke V Manchester City Preview

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Stoke fought back to secure a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium last weekend. Now on home turf for the first time this season, the Potters will be confident of a positive result having lost only one of the last five league meetings with City in Stoke.

Manchester City followed up their hard-fought 2-1 win over Sunderland with the 5-0 trouncing of Steaua Bucharest. While the Citizens struggled on the road for large parts last term, under Pep Guardiola they have what it takes to land all three points at the weekend.

Stoke 

Indeed, City could edge victory against Stoke in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.

Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are long-term absentees for the Potters and miss out.

Jack Butland and Glen Johnson are both doubts for the home side and will be assessed closer to Saturday.

The Potters, though, could be unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough, with Joe Allen starting on the bench

Manchester City

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are both sidelined through injury, while Samir Nasri is not expected to play again for Manchester City.

Yaya Toure has also missed out on a starting spot in City’s two competitive fixtures this term, while Leroy Sane won’t be ready for another two weeks.

Bacary Sagna has a slight problem but it doens’t concern Guardiola. He could name the same starting XI that defeated Sunderland, which would see Joe Hart miss out once more.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Stoke has 4.86 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Manchester City has 1.65 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.89

 

Arsenal vs Manchester City

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After an early, largely unwanted, break for international matches, the Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday with a heavyweight contest between champions Manchester City and title hopefuls Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The new season may be just three matches old, but neither team will want to countenance a defeat after already dropping unwanted points.

The two sides met just a month ago when Arsenal won 3-0 at Wembley in the Community Shield with a triumph that inspired much confidence for the season ahead for Arsene Wenger’s men. But things have not gone smoothly since.

Match facts

Arsenal

Arsenal’s early season suffered a real blow when key striker Olivier Giroud was ruled out for the rest of 2014 with an ankle injury. His presence was clearly missed at the King Power Stadium, increasing the pressure on Wenger to add to his striking options before the close of the transfer window. In the dying hours he responded with the £16 million signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. His debut is now set to come against the local rivals of his boyhood club. With Yaya Sanogo still looking extremely raw and the side struggling with Alexis Sanchez as an unorthodox leader of the line, Welbeck currently looks the best bet.

Manchester City

In contrast to Arsenal, Manchester City trimmed their attacking contingent on deadline day when allowing Alvaro Negredo to go on loan to Valencia in a deal that is likely to be made permanent. And the forward options for Manuel Pellgrini could be further diminished at the Emirates with Stevan Jovetic being forced to miss Montenegro’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Moldova after suffering a hamstring injury in training. After being plagued by injuries in his first season at the Etihad, Jovetic had made a strong start to the campaign, particularly when scoring twice in a 3-1 over Liverpool. If Jovetic is ruled out on Saturday, Pellegrini will be left with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero as his only fit forwards.

Predictions

Neither side has hit top gear this season, but must perform in what is already an important match. If City are at their best, and Yaya Toure is tuned in, then they can overpower Arsenal in the center of midfield. Arsenal will also face a challenge to keep tabs on David Silva, who can drift between the lines and really make his side tick. But on home soil and boosted by a debut for Welbeck, Arsenal could battle to secure a point as they did in the same fixture last season.

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

NaijaBet Odds

At the time of this post, NaijaBet odd or Arsenal to win is 2.76, Manchester City to win is  2.33 to end in draw is 3.25