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The international break is over and club football is back!

The Premier League returns this weekend and one of the most remarkable games sees Leicester’s third place host runaway leaders Manchester City.

After a difficult few weeks that threatened to derail the Foxes ‘candidacy for Champions League football, Brendan Rodgers’ side scored two impressive league wins ahead of the international break and booked their places in the semi-finals of the FA Cup Victory 3-1 over Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the City juggernaut continues to push its way through any opposition that dares to come before them. Any hope that their loss to city rivals United could see the wheels drop a bit was soon banished as Pep Guardiola’s side won their next four outings, conceding just two goals in the process.

Here is 90 minutes preview of what promises to be a tantalizing encounter …

When does the match take place? Saturday April 3
What time is the kick-off? 5:30 p.m. GMT
Where is it played? King Power Stadium
TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US)
Arbitrator:
Paul tierney
OR: Timothy wood

Rodgers will have kept a close eye on his squad members involved in international service over the past two weeks, with Dennis Praet potentially vying for a start with a fine display for Belgium against Belarus.

The Foxes will be without James Justin and Harvey Barnes for the chosen champions visit, while James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Cengiz Under and Wes Morgan are all expected to undergo late fitness tests.

Despite the recent announcement that Sergio Aguero will be leaving the club at the end of the season, it is difficult to see Guardiola offering the leader a farewell tour in the coming months given his lack of regular football this season.

The Catalan tactician has a perfectly fit squad for the trip to King Power Stadium on Saturday, and he too will likely make a decision or two depending on the international football his players have been involved in recently.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Evans, Soyuncu, Fofana; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Praet, Castagne; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Man City: Ederson; Walker, stones, days, cancellation; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.

Ilkay Gundogan set to start in midfield
Ilkay Gundogan set to start in midfield | Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images

Leicester

Leicester 3-1 Manchester United – 03/21/2021
Leicester 5-0 Sheffield United – 03/14/2021
Brighton 1-2 Leicester – 03/06/2021
Burnley 1-1 Leicester – 03/03/2021
Leicester 1-3 Arsenal – 02/28/2021

Manchester city

Everton 0-2 Manchester city – 03/20/2021
Manchester city 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach – 03/16/2021
Fulham 0-3 Manchester city – 03/13/201
Manchester city 5-2 Southampton – 03/10/2021
Manchester city 0-2 Manchester United – 03/07/2021

When these two teams met earlier in the season, Guardiola’s side were absolutely blown away by the Foxes, with a hat trick from Jamie Vardy helping Leicester secure a convincing 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side look great this season
Pep Guardiola’s side look great this season | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

However, the city of the first few months of the season was a much different proposition than the squad we’ve been treated to in the last few months. Guardiola’s men have a hand in the Premier League trophy, although their loss to United in early March proves they are not invincible.

Both of these teams love to attack, and with the Fox frontline looking sharp lately, we should be in an absolute cracker.

Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Manchester City



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