Man City to ease past Leicester en route to lifting Capital One Cup
The last time that Manchester City faced Leicester it was in an earlier round of a cup competition that they went on to win. It is 5/2 that Man City win the Capital One Cup this season, with Leicester their quarter-final opposition.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are 2/5 to beat their Championship foes in the 90 minutes and the omens are good after beating Bayern Munich and Arsenal in their last two games.
However, Leicester have only lost once at the King Power Stadium all season and this fact does give them at least a chance of forcing the game into extra time.
It is 18/5 that the quarter final is a draw after 90 minutes, with Leicester 6/1 to triumph. But, Leicester haven’t defeated Man CIty anywhere since 2000 and not on their own patch since 1988.
We were successful with our tip of backing Man City to win a game in which both teams scored ahead of their 6-3 triumph over Arsenal and the same bet could well pay dividend again here.
Man City may have not conceded a goal in their two victories in the competition thus far, but Leicester have netted 13 goals in the Capital One Cup this season, including four against Fulham in the last round.
Therefore, 7/4 is decent value that Man City win and both teams score, especially as there have been no clean sheets in the last four games of the Premier League title favourites or the last three fixtures involving Leicester.
Given Man City’s free-scoring nature of late, it is hard to believe that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is looking forward to facing his former club and money can be made in identifying which player or players will score past him.
Considering a defender hasn’t scored against Leicester since Blackpool’s Chris Basham in September, it may pay to keep things simple when looking for a scorer, especially with strikers scoring virtually every goal to breach the Foxes of late.
Edin Dzeko is destined to start here, especially as Sergio Aguero’s injury means that there is a greater need to keep Alvaro Negredo fit. Dzeko is 3/1 to open the scoring and 8/11 to net at any time in the 90 minutes, as he has in both of Man City’s games in the competition so far this season.