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In the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding the festive football, Manchester City will host Leicester in the Premier League match on the second day.

Cityzens goes into the tie in glittering form. With the exception of a 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s team has not won since early November. 7-0 and 4-0 victories over Leeds and Newcastle respectively in their previous two see the hosts sit at the top of the Christmas tree, three points ahead of Liverpool as second.

Speaking of Liverpool, Brendan Rodger’s men will have to dust themselves off after a penalty shootout loss in the League Cup against the Reds on Wednesday night. The Foxes have seen their previous two Premier League matches postponed but, most recently, they also beat Newcastle 4-0. After playing one or two games less than their immediate rivals, Leicester are in ninth place in the table and really need to start taking consistent form if they are to have a European success this semester.

Here is a 90 minute preview of this.

When is kick off? Sunday 26 December, 15:00 (GMT)Where is it played? Etihad Stadium Which TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Soccer Special (UK), fuboTV (USA)Highlights? BBC Match of the Day (UK), Sky Sports Football YouTubeWho is the judge? Chris KavanaghWho is WHERE? Paul Tierney

Kyle Walker is a doubt for City / Alex Livesey / GettyImages

The hosts’ squad looks fit when they enter this match, with world-class Kyle Walker representing the only doubt on Guardiola’s side. Elsewhere, Ferran Torres will be the only safe absentee as the Spaniard continues on his path to recovery.

Phil Foden and Jack Grealish can be drafted back into the squad, having been sacked for disciplinary reasons last time, although Raheem Sterling’s and Riyad Mahrez’s performances at St. James’ Park may indicate otherwise.

You can read Man City’s expected line-up here.

Jamie Vardy is one of several Leicester doubters / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Unlike Guardiola, Rodgers has a mountain of injury worries to contend with.

The trio of Ricardo Pereira, Jamie Vardy and Caglar Soyuncu all seemed to take a hard line in the foxes’ midweek defeat against Liverpool, where the former got away from where the Carabao Cup selection seemed to be the most doubtful this weekend.

They joined a long list of concerns about Leicester’s second-day clash. Jonny Evans, Harvey Barnes and Timothy Castagne are likely to be absent due to injury; Daniel Amartey, Hamza Choudhury and Filip Benkovic miss through Covid-19 questions; and Wesley Fofana and James Justin both represent some injured absentees.

You can read Leicester’s expected lineup here.

The two clubs have met 124 times before, with Man City having the advantage. Cityzens have come out on top 63 times compared to Foxe’s 32 wins (29 draws).

Since the guests’ memorable Premier League triumph in 2016, it has been Sunday’s hosts who have enjoyed this match more. In the last two years, however, it has been very even between the two sides.

Since the start of the 2020/21 season, both teams have won twice in their four meetings – including the above 5-2 belt that went Leicester’s path at the Etihad last semester.

There has not been much to separate these two sides when they have been face to face during the last two campaigns, but they are enjoying very different seasons this time.

Although City do not seem to put a foot wrong, Leicester can not go in a straight line. And as a result, the hosts look like red-hot favorites to lift the Premier League crown at the end of the season, while visitors are very disappointed with their goal of securing European football for the next term.

On paper, City should walk away with comfortable enough three points from this match, and given the ruthless combination of stable defensive solidity and brilliant creative sense they have shown this season, a victory against a terribly inconsistent Leicester team should be the result here .

Prediction: Man City 2-0 Leicester

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