Leicester vs. Man City: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream, TV Info

Rob Pollard@@RobPollard_Featured ColumnistDecember 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  A new club badge design is displayed by fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Manchester City will look to build on their Boxing Day win over Sunderland when they travel to Leicester City on Tuesday.

Second-placed Leicester are three points ahead of City in fourth, with the Blues struggling to hit their best form consistently in recent weeks.

They returned to something close to their best against Sunderland, showcasing their inventiveness and quick passing, which the visitors couldn't handle.

But City haven’t won for five games away from home in the Premier League, and if they fail to beat the Foxes, it will be their worst away run since April 2011.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini thinks Leicester deserve to be where they are and should be considered title challengers.

“Leicester are top of the table because they deserve to be,” he said. “They have have very important players in a very good moment with high performance.

“They beat Chelsea and drew against Unitedwe must consider they will not collapse because they lost.

“We knew it was not easy for them to beat Liverpool away so we were confident that we could reduce the gap at the top if we beat Sunderland.”

Leicester failed to score for the first time this season when they lost 1-0 to Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Claudio Ranieri’s side have surprised everyone this season, and in Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, they have two of the best players in the division on form.

Tomorrow !! @LCFC vs @MCFC pic.twitter.com/w32k39FPcR

— Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) December 28, 2015

Date: Tuesday, December 29

Kick-off: 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET

TV/Radio Listings: BT Sport 1 (UK) & NBCSN, SiriusXM FC, NBC Sports Live Extra (US)

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

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— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 28, 2015

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park on December 19, 2015 in Liverpoo
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Form Guide (last five games)

Leicester City

Liverpool 1-0 Leicester City 

Everton 2-3 Leicester City

Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea 

Swansea 0-3 Leicester City 

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United 

Manchester City 

Manchester City 4-1 Sunderland 

Arsenal 2-1 City

Manchester City 2-1 Swansea

Manchester City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Champions League)

Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  David Silva of Manchester City is challenged by Billy Jones  of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2015 in Manchester, Englan
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Predicted Formations 

Leicester City

Leicester will be without Jeffrey Schlupp, who has a hamstring injury, and Danny Drinkwater missed the defeat to Liverpool but could return. 

Leicester City (from): Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Benalouane, De Laet, Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Wasilewski, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Dyer, Inler, Kante, King, Mahrez, Kramaric, Okazaki, Ulloa, Vardy.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Inler, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy. 

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (R) celebrates after scoring his and Leicester's second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north w
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Manchester City

City are without Vincent Kompany whose comeback from a calf injury lasted nine minutes as a substitute against Sunderland before a recurrence of the same problem. Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta and Fernando are all out. 

Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Navas, Roberts, Silva, Toure, Zuculini, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho, Sterling.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Aguero. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on December 26,
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Players To Watch 

Leicester City: Riyad Mahrez 

Has there been a better player in the league this season? Riyad Mahrez has scored 13 goals and assisted a further seven. 

Technically, Mahrez is superba player with quick feet, a wonderful touch and a creative streak that make him a fascinating watch. 

His positivity is infectious. When he picks up the ball, he wants to make things happen, usually by dropping a shoulder and ghosting past a defender. 

He's a joy to observe. 

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 19, 2015. AFP PH
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Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne 

City's £55 million signing, Kevin De Bruyne, has scored 10 and assisted 10 in 23 competitive matches since his arrival in the summer. His impact has been exceptional, and the 24-year-old is getting better as he settles into life in the Premier league. 

His passing is perhaps his most potent weapon, with his ability to deliver an accurate cross not far behind. He sees the game vividly and is one of the most unselfish players around. 

Against Sunderland, he scored one and assisted twoone from a pin-point cross, the other from a beautiful free-kick. 

He's a star already. 

#mondaymotivation - Be more like @DeBruyneKev 🔥 #mcfc pic.twitter.com/x5Qs951RmF

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 28, 2015

Key Battle: Eliaquim Mangala vs. Jamie Vardy 

Fifteen-goal striker Vardy leads the way in the Premier League scoring charts, but it isn't just his potency in front of goal that has impressed this season. 

His movement, enthusiasm and willingness to make runs have all marked him out as one of the most difficult forwards in the division to contain. Very few have managed to keep him quiet. 

City's 24-year-old French centre-back, Eliaquim Mangala, has had a torrid time over recent weeks. He is struggling without the leadership qualities of Kompany, with his erratic positioning and lack of concentration now a serious concern. 

Vardy is, on paper, exactly the kind of striker who will give Mangala problems. 

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Odds (via Odds Shark)

Leicester City: 137/50

Manchester City: 10/11

Draw: 64/25 

We've scored some great goals at @LCFC​ down the years... Will we add a few more tomorrow night? #foxesvcity #mcfc https://t.co/lqro8F5VcK

— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 28, 2015

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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