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Manchester City host Leicester City at the Etihad on Wednesday as the reigning Champions look to put a disastrous week behind them.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day from 10.45pm GMT on BBC One.


Manchester City come into the fixture having lost their last two games, which has all but repudiated their hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals of the Champions League and challenging for the title in the league. Their 2-1 loss to Barcelona at home has made their task harder at Nuo Camp in what looks like a similar situation from last year, when they failed to progress in the league when faced against the Spanish giants.

Their league hopes also took a major beating as they squandered the chance to go within two points of Chelsea had they won against Liverpool last weekend.

However, the loss means that they are currently five points adrift at the top with Chelsea having played a game less.

Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho got onto the scoresheet at Anfield on Sunday as the Cityzens failed to come up with an answer and are likely to end the season without a trophy.

Meanwhile, Leicester City find themselves struggling at the bottom of the table and need a win in their next few games to have any hope of keeping their position in the Premier League.

Their performances over the season have not been rewarded with enough points, especially against Arsenal where they bombarded the Gunners, but failed to come out with an equaliser.

Matthew Upson is expected to be fit for the game and will bring some much needed experience to the back line.

What managers say

Manuel Pellegrini: "When I signed the contract, I was never told I must win a title every year or that I must win five trophies in five years. That was a sentence of Ferran – that is perfectly normal. But maybe you can win two in one year and one in another, the other another two. The title is important but it is not the only important thing."

Nigel Pearson: "Before a ball is kicked in a season people would look at a fixture like this and say it is a bit of a bonus game. But we can't have too many bonus games from here on in because we haven't got enough points for that. It is an important game for us and I want us to perform well again but we need to start picking up some scrappy points as well. You can't hide from the fact that sometimes results will go for you and sometimes not, but let's not kid ourselves. From here on in what will define our season is our own results."

Betting odds (888Sport)

  • Manchester City win: 1/4
  • Draw: 11/2
  • Leicester City win: 11/1

Team news

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva; Aguero, Bony.

Leicester City

Possible XI: Schwarzer; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Upson; Konchesky; Mahrez, James, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Kramaric.