Manchester City predicted XI v Leicester City

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Fresh from sealing Champions League knock-out phase qualification thanks to a 2-0 win in Rome, Manchester City are back in Premier League action tomorrow.

The reigning champions take on this season's bottom club at the King Power stadium brimming with confidence following six successive wins in all competitions.

City will be boosted further by the return of Vincent Kompany after a hamstring injury, while Yaya Toure is available again having been suspended for the midweek game against Roma.

Four consecutive league wins have helped Manuel Pellegrini's team cut the gap on leaders Chelsea to just three points, and they'll fully expect to claim another victory at Leicester.

The last time the hosts' tasted victory it was at the expense of Manchester opposition, with Nigel Pearson's side beating Manchester United 5-3 in September.

Fit again

City's starting 11 in Rome was lacking a number of key names as injury and suspension stretched Pellegrini's resources.

With that in mind the Chilean would have been delighted with the victory that secured a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second consecutive season, although it may have left him with a number of big decisions to make.

David Silva will be pushing for a place in the starting line up having featured from the bench after six weeks out with a knee injury.

Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov will also be keen to dislodge Gael Clichy from the defence, while Stevan Jovetic will push Edin Dzeko for a place up top.

However, the best news for City is the return of the fit again Kompany, who could come straight back into the heart of the defence despite failing a fitness test ahead of the Roma clash.


Last month Pellegrini said he wanted his team to win seven of their eight league fixtures before the turn of year, and they're on course to do just that.

The first four of those games have yielded maximum points, and with the next four games coming against teams in the bottom six, you'd forgive Pellegrini for adjusting his target to eight from eight, even without his star striker.

Injury has robbed City of the services of Sergio Aguero for the rest of this year, but that presents Dzeko and Jovetic with a perfect opportunity to stake their claim for a regular place in team.

Despite utilising a one-striker system in recent weeks, Leicester's fragile defence could see Pellegrini return to his favoured 4-4-2.

Predicted Line Up

Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri; Jovetic, Dzeko

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