Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City will be looking to book a spot in the last four of the League Cup for the first time since 2000, when they beat Aston Villa to advance to the final. They overcame Premier League side Fulham in their last league cup match, winning 4-3.
However, they will have to defeat a side that have beaten the league leaders of Germany and England in the same week. Manchester City have not lost in their last 7 games of late, winning all but one. Despite this form, it took an extra half hour for City to beat Newcastle in the last round of the cup, as they managed two goals in extra time.
This is a daunting fact for fans of the Foxes, but they can take encouragement from the fact that six teams from outside the Premier League have reached the League Cup semi-finals in the last five seasons.
To add to this, the Manchester-side were dealt a massive blow this week, with talisman Aguero being side-lined for at least a month with a calf injury that he picked up against Arsenal at the weekend.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday 17 December, 19.45.
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Man City 4 (Tevez, Viera, Johnson, Kolarov) Leicester City 2 (Gallagher, Dyer), FA Cup, Jan 2011.
Leicester City 2 (Bamba, King) Man City 2 (Milner, Tevez), FA Cup, Jan 2011.
Leicester City 1 (Scowcroft) Man City 1 (Tarnat), Premier League, April 2004.
HEAD TO HEAD (All competitions):
Leicester City 27 wins
Manchester City 50 wins
Leicester City –
They currently lie 3 points behind league leaders QPR in the Championship, winning 12 of their 20 fixtures.
They are experiencing a poor spell of form recently, failing to pick up 3 points in their last 3 games.
City’s top goal scorer this season is David Nugent, with 11 goals to his name.
Manchester City –
After an impressive win at home to Arsenal at the weekend, Man City moved to within 3 points off the top of the Premier League.
They have scored by far the most goals this season, with 47 goals in the league even before the Christmas break.
Man City have gone 5 games unbeaten in the league since their 1-0 defeat to Sunderland in early Novmeber.
Their top scorer is Sergio Aguero, who has bagged 19 goals this campaign, but will now face a month on the sidelines with a calf injury.
Leicester City to win: 7.0
Manchester City to win: 1.36
TV: Highlights on BBC1 The League Cup Show, Wednesday at 11.05pm.