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Premier League: Leicester vs Manchester City: Match Preview and Teams Analysis

Zlatko Ilijevski
11 Sep 2021
Premier League: Leicester vs Manchester City: Match Preview and Teams Analysis

In just a few seasons these two teams developed a big sports rivalry which is rare in a modern football as everyone is paying attention to established, traditional, city rivalries.

Guardiola and Manchester City will finally have chance to take revenge on Leicester after the foxes took away the first trophy of the season from giant from Manchester in the FA Community Shield match at the start of the season. But that is not all. "Citizens" will surely have a greater motive to take revenge on the "foxes" for the convincing defeat at the "Etihad" from last season with 5:2. It is interesting that Leicester scored three goals from the penalty spot in that game. Vardy was accurate twice, and Tielemans once. Last season, Manchester City won away to Leicester with 2:0, and the goals were scored by Gabriel Jesus and Mendy. Leicester only twice in the history of the Premier League managed to beat City at home. It can be said that both tradition and quality are on the side of the guests.

After 3 rounds in the Premier League both teams have 2 wins and one defeat. Leicester won against Wolves and Norwich but was heavily defeated by West Ham. For two years in a row, the Leicester players have practically missed out on the Champions League placement in the last round, and it is certain that this time, too, it will be the primary goal of the former Premier League winner. When we go back to last season, we all surely remember the situation two rounds before the end when the popular "foxes" were in third place on the table with three points more than the fifth-placed Liverpool. If they want to be in the “big six” they must approach every game to win although it is difficult to challenge teams like Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool.

In general, the impression is that the Manchester City players are the biggest favorites to defend the English title, although it should come as no surprise if the club led by Pep Guardiola is fully focused on winning the Champions League this time.

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When it came to last season, Manchester City, after a one-year break, regained the title of English champions, and in a pretty convincing way, as they ended up with as many as twelve points more than second-placed Manchester United, and as many as nineteen points more than fourth-placed. Chelsea, with whom, among other things, they met in the Champions League final.

Before that match, Pep Guardiola's team were big favorites, but in the end, the team from London deservedly celebrated, which was a cause for great sadness for all City fans who were aware that their favorite club was never closer to the much desired Champions League.

In any case, it seems that the "citizens" are again the main favorites for the Premier League trophy, with the impression that this season the competition is much stronger than it was the case in the last season.

Jack Grealish arrived at the club as the biggest reinforcement in a transfer worth 100 million pounds, which is the new biggest transfer in the history of English football. In the first round Manchester City lost to Tottenham with 1:0 but in the next two rounds they won in both matches with 5:0 against Norwich and Arsenal and also they showed some impressive dominant style of playing.

Pep Guardiola's team wants to enter the new season in the best possible way, with winning as many points as possible, but we should certainly not underestimate the popular "foxes", which unfortunately were again left without a place in the Champions League but perhaps it will help them to focus on Premier League.

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