Defending champions Leicester City welcome title-chasers Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday evening, in a game that could prove catastrophic for the losers.
Both Leicester and Man City need a result to arrest their recent slide in the division, but it could be the visitors who get the much-needed three points given their attacking threat against a porous Leicester backline.
Pep Guardiola’s men have fared better on the road in the league, while Leicester have disappointed on home soil of late, and the King Power Stadium could see a goal-laden affair if recent results are anything to go by.
Hosts Leicester City are currently enduring the worst Premier League title defence in recent history. The Foxes are 15th in the table with 13 points from a possible 42.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have gone five games without a win in the division, losing three times, and have conceded two or more goals in each of their last four.
Leicester have picked up just one home win in the Premier League since September, and have in fact only beaten struggling bottom-half teams in 2016/17 – Swansea City, Burnley, Crystal Palace.
They have fallen short to against any side of quality and Manchester City might be the next to put them to the sword this weekend as a result.
The visitors find themselves fourth in the Premier League table with 30 points from 14 games, coming off the back of three wins and a draw from their last five.
The Sky Blues recently suffered defeat to Chelsea but will take solace from an outstanding record on the road that sees them boasting the best away return early on – seven games, 18 points.
Manchester City have won their last three away games in the Premier League and will be hoping to pile the misery onto the defending champions who are currently fighting for survival months after winning the title.
Last season, Leicester City took four points off Manchester City in their home and away games in the Premier League. But results this time round could be reversed as the Foxes can’t seem to keep a clean sheet and have world-class attackers to contend with on Saturday.
Only Tottenham have stopped City from scoring this season so a Leicester team having managed just one clean sheet since September might struggle – with City scoring two or more goals in three of their last five in the top-flight.
However, the Sky Blues aren’t without their own problems in defence. Manchester City have also kept just one clean sheet since September, and a Leicester side utilising a pacey, counter-attacking style might have some joy like Chelsea did on the weekend.
It’s worth noting Manchester City have lost just three games in all competitions this season – to Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona (Champions League) and Chelsea – so they aren’t to be underestimated.
Leicester City, however, have picked up just two points to sides in the top-half of the Premier League so Saturday’s clash at the King Power Stadium could be a foregone conclusion.