City v Leicester: Team news and tactics
- 06 February 2016 11:28
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
It's all change in defence for City as Manuel Pellegrini brings in full-backs Aleks Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta for the visit of leaders Leicester City.
The boss gives Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna a well-earned breather with the other two changes being Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph.
Starting XI and bench:
City: Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov, Toure (C), Fernandinho, Silva, Delph, Sterling, Aguero
Subs: Caballero, Clichy, Sagna, A.Garcia, Fernando, Celina, Iheanacho
Possible formation and tactics:
It looks - on paper - as though Sterling will partner Sergio Aguero in attack this afternoon with perhaps Yaya Toure and David Silva the more advanced of a four-man midfield.
Fernandinho and Delph are likely to be the holding midfielders this afternoon.
Expect Kolarov and Zabaleta to look to overlap and join the attack - both have more assists than Clichy and Sagna and can also chip in with the odd goal, too.
City ran a high defensive line against the Foxes during the 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium - it's risky with Vardy's pace but expect it to be expertly marshalled by Martin Demichelis.
Foxes XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy
Subs: Schwarzer, King, Gray, Ulloa, Dyer, Wasilewski, Chilwell