Date: 12 May 2017 15:23
Pep Guardiola's men can take a big step towards sealing a top-four berth by defeating the defending champions at home on Saturday afternoon
Manchester City face Leicester City in Saturday's early kick-off looking to take another step towards securing their place in next season's Champions League.
If Pep Guardiola's men win and Manchester United lose at Tottenham on Sunday, only Arsenal will be able to deny them a spot in Europe's top competition.
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They face a tough test in the Foxes, however, who have embarked on such an impressive recovery since Craig Shakespeare took charge that they could finish the season in eighth despite looking in serious danger of relegation in February.
|Game||Manchester City vs Leicester City|
|Date||Saturday, May 13, 2017|
|Time||12:30 GMT, 07:30 ET|
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports 1 and by stream via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports 1||Sky Go|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBCSN and by stream via NBC Sports Live.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBCSN||NBC Sports Live|
|Position||Man City players|
|Defenders||Sagna, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Clichy, Otamendi, Stones, Adarabioyo|
|Midfielders||Fernando, Navas, De Bruyne, Delph, Silva, Fernandinho, Toure, Sane, Garcia, Diaz|
|Forwards||Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito, Jesus|
Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph are expected to be available for City after minor injuries, while John Stones is also back in training and could make his first appearance since April 8.
Claudio Bravo and Ilkay Gundogan will not play again this season.
For full City team news and a potential starting XI, click here.
|Goalkeepers||Schmeichel, Hamer, Zieler|
|Defenders||Simpson, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Chilwell, Huth, Benalouane|
|Midfielders||King, Albrighton, Amartey, Mahrez, Gray, Kapustka, Ndidi|
|Forwards||Vardy, Okazaki, Ulloa, Musa, Slimani|
Leicester will be without Wes Morgan and Robert Huth is a major doubt, leaving Shakespeare with a selection dilemma at centre-back. Yohan Benalouane will definitely start but Marcin Wasilewski, Christian Fuchs and Daniel Amartey are all options to partner him.
Danny Drinkwater has joined Molla Wague and Nampalys Mendy in being ruled out for the season, so Andy King will likely come into the midfield.
Potential starting XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Fuchs; Mahrez, King, Ndidi, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki.
Man City are 2/7 favourites to win at home, according to Oddschecker, with Leicester priced at 12/1 and the draw available at 6/1.
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Sergio Aguero is the 3/1 favourite to score first, with Gabriel Jesus rated at 10/3 and Jamie Vardy the top choice for the hosts at 10/1.
It has not quite been the season that seemed to be in store for Manchester City when Pep Guardiola won his first six Premier League games, but having the chance to cross the 70-point threshold with two games remaining would seem to be a decent start.
Guardiola has simply not had the players he requires to execute his preferred style of football, demanding as it is, and his refusal to adapt can justifiably be labelled a flaw on his part when compared to someone like Antonio Conte, who works with what he is given.
The fact is, though, that City knew this when they began their long pursuit of the Catalan and were drawn to him because they wanted what Barcelona had; a spectacular, thrilling team that goes down in history, not simply one that grinds its way to a title in year one.
In that regard, as Guardiola has repeated himself, he should be judged in years two and three. He brought instant success to Barca, but inherited Lionel Messi, Xavi and Carles Puyol rather than an ageing core that will be further revamped this summer.
We had a brief glimpse of where City might be going in the longer term when Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling began rolling teams over earlier this year, and with Sergio Aguero coming off an injury that trio may be back together against Leicester City. They, you feel, are the future Guardiola sees.
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