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Manchester City host league leaders Leicester City in a top of the table clash on Saturday, 6 February with a chance for the hosts to go top of the league with a win. Meanwhile, Leicester can open up a five-point gap between themselves and City with a win and have a clear shot at the title.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 12:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD.
The Citizens have firmly established themselves in second spot, above Arsenal by two points and behind Leicester by three but will go top owing to a superior goal difference should they be able to break open up the Foxes' defence. Kevin de Bruyne's injury has been offset by Sergio's Aguero's form in front of goal with the Argentine scoring his 12th goal in the last 10 games to claim three crucial points against Sunderland.
Manuel Pellegrini's future may have been decided after the end of this season but he still has a job to do in order to rally his troops and claim his second league title before parting way for Pep Guardiola to take over. The men in Blue are dominant at home, winning nine of their last 12 games at the Etihad and will be hoping to put in a performance to cherish against Leicester, with the reverse fixture having ended in a stalemate.
Meanwhile, Leicester have overcome all odds thus far this season, staying top despite predictions against them to falter. A win here be a massive boost for their title challenge as they enter a difficult zone, with games against Arsenal to follow the week after.
Claudio Ranieri's men come into the fixture having beaten Liverpool on a canter in midweek but know that a different test awaits them at the Etihad, with Aguero in brutal form coming into the game, However, Jamie Vardy is back to goalscoring ways and his goal against the Reds would please the fans who would be desperate for him to stay fit till the end of the season.
What Managers Say
Manuel Pellegrini: "It isn't the biggest game of the season so far. The Premier League doesn't finish here. There are a lot of points to fight for. It is important for everyone to know I knew what was happening and nothing was happening behind my back. This is the last time I talk about that. We must concentrate on this season. I am not talking about the future. Ask me about the team and the game."
Claudio Ranieri: "Even if we win, and we try to win, then we can lose with Arsenal. It is difficult to say this (that Leicester can win the title). We want our fans to dream but we know it's a tough match and from now there will only be tough matches. We must continue in this way. I tell my players we make 39 points in the first half (of the season) so I want 40 points from the second half – one more. We have to take two points every match between now and the end of the season to arrive at 79 points. I don't know if it is good enough to win (the league), but I want to improve. If we don't improve, we still make a fantastic season but we slow down. We believe in the next match. We believe we are working well. We believe sooner or later we lose but nothing must happen."
Betting Odds (888Sport)
- Manchester City Win: 8/13
- Draw: 16/5
- Leicester City Win: 49/10
Possible XI: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Fernando; Silva, Toure, Sterling; Aguero
Possible XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez; Vardy, Okazaki