Manchester City vs Leicester LIVE updates: Express Sport brings you the latest Premier League action from the Etihad Stadium
28: He’s not learned his lesson! Otamendi’s loose touch almost sees Vardy go through again but Fernandinho mops up.
26: Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last four Premier League games, his longest streak since his record 11-game run in Leicester City’s title winning season.
MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 LEICESTER – VARDY
24: Jamie Vardy with the equaliser! Nicolas Otamendi inexplicably passes the ball straight to Jamie Vardy, who brushes off two challenges before slotting past Ederson.
Insanely cool finish from the Leicester talisman. That’s four in four I believe.
23: Hello Leicester! Nice of you to join us. Albrighton and Vardy exhange passes before Fernandinho slices a cross for a corner, which fails to beat the first man.
21: No real chances to speak of here. City are still in control as Leicester continue to give the ball away and drift through the game. Aguero receives the ball from Fernandinho but delays before being caught in possession.
20: I’m not convinced Leicester have the fight for this today. They’re usually up for these occasions but it’s a little bit flat from the visitors.
17: Sterling looks to add a second after weaving his way through a crowd of players before seeing the ball poked away from him by Dragovic.
14: Ederson is too cool for words. Unlike Claudio Bravo, he doesn’t give Manchester City fans a heart-attack every time he races off his line, and shows us why when chesting the ball down and playing a 40-yard cross field pass to Kyle Walker.
11: Kevin De Bruyne has assisted three goals in his last four Premier League games for Manchester City, as many as his previous 14 combined.
Ben Chilwell tries to help the Belgian add to that tally by passing the ball straight to him, but Leicester scramble it away.
8: City are bang on it. The three-day holiday Pep Guardiola gave some of his players has clearly done the trick. There’s a pause in play with Marc Albrighton down injured after clashing with Ilkay Gundogan. We’re away again.
5: OK, so that’s Leicester Plan A out the window, what happens now?
MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 LEICESTER – STERLING
3: Fabulous goal. Absolutely fabulous.
Kevin De Bruyne sends a beautiful whipped cross behind the static Leicester defence and Raheem Sterling arrives late to convert from point-blank range.
2: Vardy vs Laporte is going to be fascinating today. Not sure the Frenchman has played against a quite like the Leicester forward before.
MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 LEICESTER
1: And we’re underway folks. It’s a filthy day in Manchester. Fingers crossed this match will distract supporters from their freezing fingers and soggy clothes.
KEEP IT CLEAN
17:25: Yes, that’s what my boss told me before this blog, but I’m actually talking about Pep Guardiola’s concern.
Manchester City have written to the body responsible for professional referees following a number of bad tackles on their players.
The Premier League leaders have reported nine challenges they feel have not been sufficiently punished by referees in recent months to Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
City would also like to see a change in Football Association rules that would allow incidents seen by referees on the field to be reviewed again retrospectively.
I imagine Jamie Vardy will take note…
MANCHESTER CITY vs LEICESTER
17:20: Yep, you really do see Riyad Mahrez on the bench for Leicester.
Pep Guardiola’s side enquired about Mahrez’s availability on transfer deadline day last month but would not meet the Foxes’ £95million valuation, refusing to pay more than £60million.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.
Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Nmecha, Foden, Diaz.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Adrien Silva, Chilwell, Diabate, Vardy.
Subs: Simpson, Gray, Iheanacho, Jakupovic, Iborra, Mahrez, Benalouane.
Referee: Mike Jones
17:15: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.
Sorry that I’m late to the party, but I see you’ve already made a start without me.
We’re at the Etihad Stadium this evening as Leicester, with Riyad Mahrez on the bench, hoping to cause an upset against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Not much time for preamble, so let’s have those line-ups!
MANCHESTER CITY vs LEICESTER – PREVIEW
Manchester City defender John Stones is available again having missed the last two games due to illness and a minor knee problem. Midfielder Phil Foden (ankle) is also fit but playmaker David Silva (hip), winger Leroy Sane (ankle), striker Gabriel Jesus and left-backs Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph (all knee) are still out.
Riyad Mahrez will miss a third successive match for Leicester following the collapse of his move to Manchester City in January. The only change to the squad will see Shinji Okazaki drop out with a knee injury that could sideline him for up to two weeks.
Last season: Man City 2 Leicester 1, Leicester 4 Man City 2
Last five league matches: Man City W L W W D; Leicester W D W L D
Top scorers (all competitions): Sergio Aguero (Man City) 24; Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 13
Referee: Mike Jones