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Man City vs. Leicester: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info, Ticket News

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (R) falls to the ground after hurting himself whilst scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England on February 2, 2016.  / AFP / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

Manchester City have a chance to go top of the Premier League table for the first time since mid-December on Saturday when they take on Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side haven’t won back-to-back league matches for over three months, but their win at Sunderland on Tuesday means they have a chance to end that run.

City sit second, three points behind Leicester, the league's surprise leaders.

The news Pellegrini will leave city at the end of the season has dominated the headlines ahead of the game, but with his side chasing four pieces of silverware, there's no time to lose focus. The City players, who clearly respect their manager, will want to send him off as a success.

If Pellegrini wins the title this season, he will become the first manager in the club's history to win it twice.

Claudio Ranieri has played his side's title chances down all season, but with his side at the top of the table at this stage of the campaign, he must surely be believing his team can at least finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

It would be a remarkable achievement.

City are unbeaten in their last seven in the league, winning four and drawing three. Leicester, incredibly, have lost just one of their last 17 games in the division. Jamie Vardy, with 18, is the league's top goalscorer and will provide a serious threat to City's chances.

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini arrives to watch the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England on February 2, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF
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Date: Saturday, 5 February

Kick-off: 12:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ET

TV Listings: BT Sport 1 (UK) & NBCSN (US)

Live Stream: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK) & NBC Sports Live Extra (US)

How you can watch tomorrow's top of the table clash!#cityvlcfc global TV listings: #mcfc

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 5, 2016


Form Guide

Manchester City

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City

Aston Villa 0-4 Manchester City (FA Cup)

Manchester City 3-1 Everton (League Cup)

West Ham United 2-2 Manchester City

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on February 2, 2016 in Sunderland, England  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Ima
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Leicester City

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool

Leicester City 3-0 Stoke City

Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup)

Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester City

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leicester City

STATS: #lcfc have lost just one of their last 15 @PremierLeague away matches (W9 D5 L1). #MncLei

— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 5, 2016


Predicted Formations

Manchester City

City will be without six players for the game against the Premier League leaders. Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri, Eliaguim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Jesus Navas are all out through injury.

Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho, Sterling.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Delph; Sterling, Toure, Silva; Aguero.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on February 2, 2016 in Sunderland, England  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Ima
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Leicester City

Leicester, who have had a largely injury-free campaign thus far, are without Jeffrey Schlupp and Matty James and have no fresh concerns.

Leicester City (from): Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Fuchs, Huth, Moore, Morgan, Simpson, Wasilewski, Albrighton, Amartey, Drinkwater, Dyer, Gray, Inler, James, Kante, King, Mahrez, Schlupp, Dodoo, Okazaki, Ulloa, Vardy.

Predicted XI (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki; Vardy.

VIDEO: #lcfc manager Claudio Ranieri talks to the press ahead of Saturday's trip to the Etihad Stadium. #MncLei

— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 4, 2016


Players To Watch

Manchester City: Fernandinho

There have been a number of impressive players for City this season, but none more so than Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

He's been brilliant, a beacon of consistency and a constant source of energy. He can play deep, protecting the back four with his ability to spot danger and produce timely interceptions, and he can influence things further forward.

He's perhaps an underrated player, but City fans know he's a world-class performer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27:  (L-R) Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City is congratulated by teammate Fernandinho after scoring his team;s second goal  during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, second leg match between Manchester City and Everton at the E
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Leicester City: Jamie Vardy

The Leicester story in itself has been remarkable, but the Vardy subplot has added even more glamour and lustre to their season.

He's scored 18 goals and is the league's top scorer. It's not just the sheer number he's scored that's impressed, though—the quality of his goals has been wonderful.

His dipping volley against Liverpool on Tuesday was arguably his best, but there have been so many. His pace, movement and fearlessness in front of goal make him one of the most feared forwards in the division.

STATS: @Vardy7 has scored eight opening goals in the @PremierLeague. The most of any player this season. #MncLei

— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 5, 2016


Key Battle

Sergio Aguero vs. Robert Huth

Sergio Aguero is absolutely back to his best. He's scored eight goals since the turn of the year, and his performances have been superb.

Robert Huth is a fine defender, but movement and pace on the turn are perhaps his areas of weakness—and things Aguero can exploit.

Aguero has a low centre of gravity, pace, sharpness and an insatiable appetite for goals. He's a nightmare to play against, particularly for defenders lacking mobility.

Pellegrini will likely target the German.

Muy feliz por recibir el premio a Jugador del mes de la Premier League//Very happy to receive the Premier League Player of the Month award 😀

— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 5, 2016


Ticket Information

For ticket information on all Premier League games visit the official site or go to the ticket page on the home club's official website.


Odds (via Odds Shark)

Manchester City: -255

Leicester City: +586

Draw: +380

A big game deserves a big cover star!@pablo_zabaleta is pumped-on the #cityvlcfc official match programme. #mcfc

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 5, 2016


Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2015/16 season. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @RobPollard_.

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