Manchester City host Leicester in the Premier League this weekend and the league leaders will be looking to get back to winning ways here.

They were held to a draw last weekend and Guardiola’s men will be fired up for this one.

Meanwhile, the Foxes are on the up and they will aim to finish seventh this season. If they can improve their away record, Leicester should be able to leapfrog Burnley with ease.

The Foxes have lost three of their last four away league matches. On the other hand, City have won 12 of 13 Premier League home matches this season and they are favourites to win here.

MANCHESTER CITY VS LEICESTER TEAM NEWS

Mendy, Jesus, Delph and Sane are ruled out for the home side. David Silva and John Stones are doubts for this game.

As for Leicester, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are not likely to feature.

Predicted Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, Silva

Predicted Leicester Starting Lineup (4-4-1-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs; Diabate, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton; Mahrez; Vardy

MANCHESTER CITY VS LEICESTER BETTING TIPS

Manchester City have won their last 12 home matches in the Premier League. Bet on the home side to win here.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City’s last 12 home games in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER CITY VS LEICESTER PREDICTION

Manchester City are firm favourites to win here. They have the best team in the league despite all the injuries.

Leicester are simply out of their depth here. Also, their away form has been quite poor.

A comfortable home win is on the cards here.

Manchester City 3-2 Leicester

By

Oscar Flex

(kibetofelix@gmail.com)

(The Writer is a Kenyan born football analyst. The content in this article represent his own opinion)

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Thiery Henry has hipped some praises to Chelsea star Pedro Rodriguez.

The 30-year-old has established himself as a key player under Antonio Conte despite being signed under the Italian’s predecessor Jose Mourinho.

Pedro teed up Eden Hazard to break the deadlock in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.

The Spain international has scored four goals and has made two assists in 18 games in all competitions so far this season.

Henry was team-mates with Pedro at Barcelona for three seasons before the retired France international moved to Major League Soccer.

Chelsea signed Pedro in a £21m deal from Barcelona in 2015 to strengthen their attacking options at the west London club.

Former Arsenal striker Henry explained why he is such a big fan of the Spanish winger.

“When you look at Pedro, I played with him and he actually put me on the bench at Barcelona, he’s a very good player,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“I always say that people don’t realise how good he is with his left foot and with his right foot. I actually don’t know which one he uses the best at times. He’s a great guy, a great professional and a workaholic.”

Pedro was part of the Chelsea side that won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season following 13 goals and 11 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Chelsea are in third place in the Premier League table but 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

The defending champions will take on Spanish side Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 next month.

Pedro will have chance to face his former employer.

By

Oscar Flex

[Kibetofelix@gmail.com]

Chelsea have met Arsenal thrice this January and have failed to win a single match.
Is this a sign of poor performance by their strikers?

Even after signing the Spanish star Alvaro Morata for a record fee 58 £m, the Londonders have failed to impress recently.

The 25-year-old has been under the spotlight in recent games following his failure to score in his last six appearances for the Blues.

However, Conte has now admitted that he is more about Morata’s injury setback than his form.

Speaking at a news conference at Cobham on Tuesday, Conte said: “If you remember in the past, Morata stopped because of a pain in his back and now it came back the day before Brighton.

“I hope it is nothing serious but this is the second time he stopped.

“Now with the medical department he is trying to solve this problem and to have a training session without this pain. This is the real problem now, not because he is not scoring or because his confidence is down, because for every striker you can pass this type of moment.

The question is, should Chelsea find another option for a striker?
Many Chelsea fans are waiting to see what plans the club has to solve this crisis with Edin Dzeko and Pierre Aubameyang on the list of possible recruits.

By

Oscar Flex

(kibetofelix@gmail.com)


5. Ryad Mahrez

The Algerian has been on a spectacular form recently having a 70% impact on goals scored by Leicester this season. He has been the Star man for Leicester. That however don’t mean he’ll remain at the King Power as many teams are chasing after his services. Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid are believed to be closely monitoring him and could be available for more than 50£ million.

4. Pierre Emerik Aubamayang

The Dortmund’s talisman could be on the move finally after a near exit during the summer. Chelsea was believed in a sole position in the summer until they had Alvaro Morata. For now PSG, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid are believed to be closely monitoring him at Dortmund and a move could be imminent.

3. David Luiz

After appearing to have fallen out with Antonio Conte, David luiz could be another one on the list for departures. He has been on the bench and battling knee injury since the difference with Conte in a Champions league match against As Roma, which is hard for him as the World Cup approaches. He has also been overtaken by the improved Andreas Christinsen who has impressed most Chelsea fans. Luiz could soon find a new home, and Arsenal are believed to be ready to cash in for the defender.

2. Mesut Ozil

Since a record transfer move to Arsenal, Ozil has been the best midfielder to the West Londoners but his stay could come to an end soon.

He’s believed to be furious with Arsenal’s transfer plans and team management. Arsenal haven’t won Premier league Title for over 14 years now and also risk missing the Champions league for a second year in a row; something they haven’t gone through in 17 years.

Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester united are lining up a move for the German who may be available for more than 50£m.

1.Alexis Sanchez

Another Arsenal top player nearing his exit is Alexis Sanchez. Last summer, Manchester City offered 70£m which Arsenal turned down.

On his side, Sanchez is believed to be keen to work again with Pep Quardiola after a good spell together at Barcelona.

Sanchez hasn’t shown the desire to leave Arsenal but is unhappy with the transfer plans with the Londonders. Even with addition of Xhaka, Lacazette and Mustafi, Arsenal haven’t shown any signs of challenging for Premier league glory.

With Manchester City in prime position to win the league, Alexis Sanchez addition could really seal them the brilliance needed moreover after Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus facing time on sidelines due to injuries.

Sanchez contract will come to an end on summer, so Arsenal won’t risk losing him for free. They could be tempted to sell him to Manchester City this Winter

By

Oscar Flex

kibetofelix@gmail.com

The question is…

Did Leicester end Man United’s residual hopes of winning the Premier League on Saturday?

As we head into Christmas Man City appear to have an unassailable lead in the English top flight.

After going on a historic 17-game winning run, City have opened up a 13 point lead on United.

Jose Mourinho’s side dropped two more points against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Harry Maguire’s 94th minute leveller was a gut-wrenching moment for Man United.

It was more than a loss for Jose Mourinho’s side as media witnessed other shortcomings on the pitch between Manchester United’s players.

Romelu Lukaku vs Ander Herrera

Everyone else know that Man United should have beaten the Foxes.

Mourinho’s men created more than enough chances to kill off Leicester on their own ground.

Romelu Lukaku was indeed one of United’s top creators on Saturday. On another day Lukaku would have notched two assists, but Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard botched superb chances to find the net.

With two minutes remaining in the game, Lukaku lost it with Ander Herrera.

The Belgian striker lost it with his Spanish team mate after Herrera stopped a forward run in the dying stages of the game.

Furious with a perceived lack of effort from Herrera, Lukaku screamed at the midfielder. Herrera screamed back too.

Romelu Lukaku tries to play in Ander Herrera

Romelu Lukaku screams at Ander Herrera

Many pundits slammed the behavior portrayed by the Spanish including Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

Neville revealed that Herrera refused to play at right-back in the final stages against the Foxes. Not only that, Neville said Herrera ordered Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fill in in that position.

We could be headed to another Jose Mourinho backroom breakdown after seeing him experience the same with Real Madrid and also Chelsea.

By

Oscar Flex

kibetofelix@gmail.com

In a classic match played in Kenyatta stadium, Machakos; befitted a final of the oldest competition in the continent, Kariobangi Sharks winger Ovella Ochieng opened the scoring with a beautiful free-kick in the fifth minute before substitute Khamis Musa struck the equaliser with two minutes to play to force the match into extra time.

Kenyan goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was the hero as he kept out three penalties to hand his team the trophy. Regular and extra time had nothing to separate the two teams, who had settled to a 2-2 draw. Harambee Stars came into the match as favourites considering their form in the competition, but again the Zanzibar Heroes could not be underrated thanks to their heroics in the regional competition. It took just five minutes for the hosts to hit the back of the net and send thousands of fans to crowd nine. Whyvone Isuza won the ball from thirty five yards, and as he drove towards the danger zone, Abdulaziz Makame fouled him giving Kariobangi Sharks youngster Ovella Ochieng a chance to hit the target. The winger did well to curl the ball from twenty seven yards and beat Nohammed Abraham to give Kenya an early lead.


After the goal, the away team tried everything within the ranks to push for an equalizer, but the Kenyan defense, that had not conceded a single goal, made it hard for them. In the 28th minute, George Odhiambo made a good run from the left, going past three opponents, however, his over ambitious effort sailed wide off the mark. With five minutes to the break, Patillah Omotto fouled the ever dangerous Ibrahim Hamad in the promising position, unfortunately, the ball was floated over Matasi’s cross bar by Mwinyi Haji. Three minutes later, Jockins Atudo made a mistake at the back giving Kassim Suleiman a chance to cross the ball into the danger zone, but Matasi did well to stop them. The Zanzibar Heroes came back stronger after the break, trying to push Harambee Stars into making mistakes, and they won a free kick in a promising position, however Mwinyi Haji once again failed to capitalize on the opportunity, shooting the ball way over. Kepha Aswani was forced off with an injury, prompting coach Paul Put to introduce Kenyan Premier League top scorer Masoud Juma with 25 minutes to go. In the 75th minute, Zanzibar had the best of opportunities to equalize. Kenya defense was caught napping and the ball fell kindly to Issa Juma, who did well to take his time and set up Kassim Ali, however Atudo was in the right place to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net. The hard fighting Zanzibar was rewarded for their pressing in the 87th minute. Substitute Khamisi Musa came into the rescue, finishing off beautifully Salim Kheri’s well cut pass to silence the home crowd and sending the game to extra time. Seven minutes into extra time and Kenya scored the second goal courtesy of Juma, who did well to capitalize on the goalkeeper’s mistake. The custodian gave away the goal kick, with the help of a defender, and the striker needed two touches to give Stars a deserved lead. Three minutes later, it was 2-2, this time round Musa Mohammed failing to clear the danger giving Khamisi Musa a chance to complete his brace and send the match to penalties. Matasi saved Ahmed Said, Khamis Musa and Mohammed Issa spot-kicks with Mudathir Abbas and Dan Abdul scoring for the Zanzibar Heroes. Kenya scored thanks to efforts from Jockins Atudo, Wesley Onguso and Samuel Onyango, while Duncan Otieno missed out.

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Oscar Flex

City having some ‘Fergie time’?

The Ferguson teams of old were renowned for their ability to grind out results, often striking in the 11th hour to secure victory and consign their opponents to a heart-breaking defeat. While that time has long since passed for Manchester United, rivals City, it seems, are picking up the knack of doing just that. Their 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday was their third match on the trot in which victory was secured in the final 10 minutes. This time it was David Silva stepping up to deliver, athletically twisting his body mid-air to meet a David de Bruyne cross to hit home the winner, while Raheem Sterling, against both Southampton and Huddersfield, was City’s late hero.

After their 13th consecutive win over the weekend, City are showing no signs of letting up – and the fact they’re demonstrating the ability to win ugly (in comparsion to their usual golden standards) reinforces the sense that this is a championship-winning side in the making.

Lingard is ready for a long run in the team

Jesse Lingard is one of those players who seems to carry the ‘potential’ tag with him wherever he goes, yet he is a 24-year-old forward closing in on the start of his peak years. After several stop-start seasons he finally seems to be stringing several impressive performances together, making decisive contributions on a consistent basis – as evidence by his match-winning brace in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal. In Jose Mourinho’s 3-4-3 there is plenty of competition for the two slots behind Romelu Lukaku but Lingard has done enough in recent weeks to demand a place. His challenge now is to keep it.

Awaiting the biggest clash this coming weekend, you don’t wanna miss.

That’s all for now.

By

Oscar Flex