Manchester City vs Leicester as it happened: Pep Guardiola's side hold on to move up to third

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Manchester City host a reinvigorated Leicester at the Etihad in this weekend’s early kick-off as the race for the top-four intensifies. Liverpool’s draw against Southampton was good news for the Citizens, as was Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United, who could have closed the gap on their rivals to just one point if they had won at the Emirates. City can climb above Liverpool into 3rd, who do not play until the following day, and have also played a game more than their Champions League chasing rivals.

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's coverage of today's Premier League football, first up it's Manchester City vs last season's newly-deposed champions Leicester.

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Pep Guardiola hits back at Gary Neville's claims about Manchester City's title credentials

Pep Guardiola has hit back at Gary Neville’s claims that his style will never succeed at Manchester City and insists he will not adopt Chelsea’s tactics of increased physicality to win games. City have back-to-back home games this week, firstly with Leicester City on Saturday before West Brom visit the Etihad on Tuesday night, with Guardiola knowing two wins will all but guarantee them Champions League football.

Pep Guardiola making out-of-contract stars sweat over Manchester City futures

Pep Guardiola says he has made his decision on the futures of Manchester City’s seven out-of-contract players, but added that they will have to wait until the end of the season to find out. Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo have yet to discover if Guardiola will keep them on for next season.
Just over half an hour to go until kick off, it's time for some team news...
Man City v Leicester 

Man City: Caballero, Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Sane, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus. 
Subs: Zabaleta, Fernando, Nolito, Aguero, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Gunn. 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, King, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. 
Subs: Musa, Amartey, Kapustka, Slimani, Zieler, Gray, Wasilewski. 

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) 

It's certainly an interesting look... 


Ugly mismatch in today's early battle of the mascots, as arguably the worst in the league 'Moonchester'' takes on one of the best 'Filbert Fox'



15 minutes until kick off - Manchester City can move into third place with a win today. Leicester can reach the heady heights of 8th...
 
Kick off minutes away, and it's Yaya Toure's birthday!

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: And we're off!

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: It's Man City who've had most of the ball so far, stroking it around although without much real purpose yet. 

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: Ooof early chance for City, Sane whips in a corner and Fernandinho has a free header but he puts it horribly wide. Then the ball finds its way to Vardy on the counter, but his shot from wide on the right of the area is tame to say the least.

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: Man City the only team looking dangerous at the moment, De Bruyne whipping in a low ball for Jesus from the right but it's just overhit. Then just as I say that, Ndidi heads over from a corner for Leicester.  

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: Still City who are dominating possession although they're not really doing anything with it at the moment. Andy King gives Jesus a crunching tackle for his troubles.

Here come the refs...
 

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: Chance for Man City, after some good work at a corner, Silva reacts quickly to a ball headed down and cuts it back for Sane but he drags his shot horribly wide. Vardy then surges forward on the counter and wins a cheap free kick wide out on the right, but nothing comes of it.

Manchester City 0 Leicester 0: Good spell of pressure for City, with corner after corner, but they don't really manage to actually carve out a clear chance. Safe to say this game hasn't quite got going yet...

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What time does it start?

Manchester City vs Leicester kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday 13th May.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 11:30am. Highlights will be shown the same evening, at 10:20pm on BBC one and 10:30pm on Sky Sports 1.

It’s a big game for…

David Silva. His form over the past few seasons has been slightly inconsistent, but on his day the Spaniard is one of the best creative midfielders in world football. He completely ran the show against Crystal Palace in his last game, and will cause Leicester all sorts of problems if he is on his game. If he continues to play well until the end of the season, Manchester City will surely confirm their qualification into next season’s Champions League.

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Silva in action for City (AFP/Getty Images)

Best stat…

Manchester City have not beaten Leicester in any of their past three meetings; a run which includes two losses and a draw.

Remember when…

Leicester beat Manchester City 3-1 last year to take an important step towards the title. Goals from Riyad Mahrez and Robert Huth secured victory for the Foxes that day.

Player to watch...

Wilfred Ndidi. The 20-year old midfielder scored his third goal for the club against Watford last weekend and has performed well in recent months in the void left by N’Golo Kante. He is an energetic all-rounder who has settled well in his first season in English football, and his excellent current form makes him an exciting player to watch.

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Wilfred Ndidi - the player to watch (Getty)

Past three meetings…

Leicester City 4 Manchester City 2, Premier League, December 2016

Manchester City 1 Leicester City 3, Premier League, February 2016

Leicester City 0 Manchester City 0, Premier League, December 2015

Form guide…

Manchester City: WLDDW

Leicester: DDLWW

Odds…

Manchester City to win: 6/25

Leicester City to win: 10/1

Draw: 23/4

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