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4-3-3 v Basel: Guardiola without these 3 Man City stars for tomorrow's away game; Stats & Predictions

4-3-3 v Basel: Guardiola without these 3 Man City stars for tomorrow’s away game; Stats & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Basel vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
13th February, 19:45 pm BST
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Live Stream: Watch Basel vs Manchester City live on BT Sport 3

Basel vs Manchester City Preview

Basel host Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 this week and the Premier League giants will be looking to secure a big win in the first leg.

The hosts cannot be underestimated despite their lack of quality. They managed to beat Manchester United 1-0 at home in December in the group stages.

Also, Manchester City have been quite unpredictable on the road in the recent weeks. They have only won two of their last five in all competitions and this could be a tricky outing for them.

Basel vs Manchester City Team News

Luca Zuffi is a doubt for the home side and Germano Vailati is sidelined.

Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus and Fabian Delph are still sidelined for City.

Predicted Basel Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Lang, Suchy, Balanta, Petretta; Die, Xhaka; Bua, Elyounoussi, Stocker; Oberlin

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

Basel vs Manchester City Betting Tips

Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions. Bet on the away side to win or draw.

Manchester City have scored 17 goals in their last six matches in all competitions. Over 2.5 goals seem likely.

Basel vs Manchester City Prediction

Manchester City are firm favourites to win on current form.

Basel are heading into this game on the back of a home defeat. Also, they are severely out of their depth against a team as good as City.

An away win seems certain here.

Basel 0-3 Manchester City


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Jose Mourinho: Pep Guardiola ‘cries’

Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola

On the front page of the sports section in this weekend’s Sunday Times, there’s a new bout of Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola.

This week it’s Mourinho turn to again take a swipe at the Man City boss.

Mourinho has thrown thinly-veiled shade in Guardiola’s direction, saying he doesn’t “cry” about his opponents fouling his players.

The comment was raised in the context of Alexis Sanchez receiving a league high 13 fouls vs Huddersfield last weekend. The Special One remarked:

Maybe his manager needs to cry a little bit more…Maybe I have to cry a little bit to protect my players.

I don’t like the word ‘protect’ because it looks like they have to protect only the top players – but everyone on the pitch is the same.

Man City 5 – Leicester 1

If only they could give hand Man City the Premier League title now…

The Sky Blues claimed another three points on Saturday beating Leicester 5-1.

Raheem Sterling opened after three minutes, while Sergio Aguero stole the headlines with four goals against the Foxes.

Kevin De Bruyne stole the show, however, as the Belgian registered a hat-trick of assists.

Newcastle United vs Man United

Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle United side welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park this weekend. The visitors haven’t lost away to Newcastle since 2012.

An incredible 31 points separate the two sides ahead of kick off with Man United fighting to stay in the top four whereas Newcastle are battling against relegation.

The Magpies are without a win in their last 5 whilst United have dropped points just once, in 2018.

Newcastle took the lead at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture before a rampant United side responded with four goals to claim all three points.

Its likely to be a similar result this time around in the North East as Newcastle haven’t won at home (in the league) since October.

Also see: Sergio Aguero vs Mohamed Salah vs Harry Kane betting tips: Premier League top goalscorer odds.

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4-3-3 v Leicester: Guardiola could be without these 6 Man City players for today's game; Stats & Predictions

4-3-3 v Leicester: Guardiola could be without these 6 Man City players for today’s game; Stats & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City vs Leicester
English Premier League 2017/18
10th February, 17:30 pm BST
Etihad, Manchester
Live Stream: Watch Manchester City vs Leicester live on Sky GO

Manchester City vs Leicester Preview

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 3-1 Leicester

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Pep Guardiola is unhappy with Riyad Mahrez

Pep Guardiola vs Riyad Mahrez

The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel has an update on Friday on what’s next for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez has kept his distance from Leicester every since the Foxes put a stop to a January move to Man City.

According to reports, Man City tried to sign the Algerian on the final day of the transfer window.

The Sky Blues were hoping to sign Mahrez in a deal worth 60 million pounds. Leicester baulked at that proposal, demanding closer to 90 million pounds fo their north African star.

Accordingly, no deal was reached, Mahrez has now downed tools, while Man City, according to Samuel, are now ready to look elsewhere.

The big update in the Mail is that Pep Guardiola is unhappy with how Riyad Mahrez has conducted his affairs since the deal collapsed.

Readers are lead to believe that Mahrez has little chance to join Man City in the future:

The word from Manchester is that Pep Guardiola is going cold on Mahrez having witnessed how he has reacted to not getting his way on transfer deadline day.

Mahrez’s absence from the team sheet will leave another impression: that of a high maintenance, selfish individual who signed a contract, wants to end that contract prematurely and, finding he cannot, abandons his club and his team-mates.

Unsurprisingly, Guardiola is wondering whether such a character is worth the hassle, or upwards of £60 million.

Manchester City vs Leicester City

As the gods would have it, Man City face Leicester on Saturday night in the Premier League.

Mahrez will play no part in the game as his continues to steer clear of the King Power Stadium.

Shinji Okazaki will also be missing for Leicester with a knee problem, while Wes Morgan is out with a hamstring issue.

Also see: Manchester City vs Leicester City predictions: Premier League preview, line-ups & football betting tips.

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