The local team debuts Pep Guardiola against one of those who started with an ideal score in the first two dates of the English tournament.
Manchester City makes its debut in the season at home when it receives Leicester, in the framework of the third date of the Premier League, in a match starring a candidate who arrives overwhelmed by a wave of injuries, such as Pep Guardiola’s team, and the visitor who is one of those who won in his first two presentations of the tournament.
The match will be played at 12.30 (Argentine time) at the Etihad Stadium, with refereeing by Michael Oliver and live televising on ESPN 2 (Cablevisión channels 103 and DirecTV 623).
After having postponed their first-date match against Aston Villa, Manchester City made their debut on the day as a visitor with a 3 to 1 victory against Wolverhampton, a rival that with Nuno Espirito Santo had generated complications for Pep Guardiola’s team.
Leicester, for its part, is off to a strong start: on the first day they beat West Bromwich 3-0 as a visitor, and a week later they defeated Burnley 4-2 at home..
Thus, it is one of the five teams that won in its two initial appearances, along with Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace.
Beyond the difference he made at Molineux Stadium, it was not easy for him City kick off with the right foot against Wolverhampton in a context of many casualties suffered at the start of the season.
Guardiola cannot count on at least eight players that make up the usual team rotation, between starters and substitutes who receive minutes, among which stands out the delayed recovery of Argentine forward Sergio Agüero, who at the end of June was operated on for a torn meniscus in his left knee for which he still could not play again.
For worse, Against Wolverhampton, Brazilian Gabriel Jesus suffered a muscle injury, who without Kun was the starting center forward and will be marginalized from the courts for a month.
Other casualties due to injuries are the Argentine Nicolás Otamendi, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko. While Illkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte are recovering from two coronavirus pictures.
In this context, Pep rescued the scoring contribution of Liam Delap, a 17-year-old debutant, and Phil Foden, in Thursday’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth in the third round of the League Cup.
Leicester, on the other hand, was eliminated from the same competition by Arsenal, who as a visitor beat him this Wednesday by 2 to 0.
Beyond the current complications, the City arrives with strong support at home, since won ten of their last 11 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (He tied the rest), with seven wins in a row in which he scored 26 goals and only received one.
From Thursday’s game against Bournemouth, Foden is emerging as one of those who could repeat the start against Leicester, even with just 72 hours of rest between the two games. The other would be Riyad Mahrez, former Leicester.
In fact, the Algerian was Jamie Vardy’s attack partner on the team that champion of the Premier League in the 2015-16 season, and the British remains a current figure in Leicester, so much so that he comes from being a league scorer, with 23 goals.
Leicester’s injury problems are also plentiful. Coach Brendan Rodgers does not have Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira or the new signing of Cengiz Under.
Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy; Fernandinho, Rodri; Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Riyad Mahrez. DT: Pep Guardiola.