Erling Haaland tied the 38-game single-season Premier League goals record as Manchester City built an early lead and held on for a 3-1 win over Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in Dean Smith’s first game as Foxes boss.
John Stones scored a sensational goal and Haaland added two, one from the penalty spot and another off Kevin De Bruyne’s Premier League-leading 15th assist of the season.
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But Smith’s Foxes did not go away, as ex-Man City hotshot Kelechi Iheanacho scored and the Foxes came close to a second goal on multiple occasions as the hosts switched off late in the game.
Man City pulls within three points of Premier League-leading Arsenal before the Gunners play at West Ham on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s men have a match-in-hand on Arsenal and play the leaders on April2 6.
Man City rotated quite a bit over the 90 minutes and was fresh off a dominant display against Bayern Munich in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday. They’ll head to Bavaria this week up 3-0.
Here’s what you need for Manchester City vs Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep’s indestructible Man City thrives with Haaland
This seems cruel given Arsenal’s spot in the Premier League’s catbird seat but right now the division’s second-place side looks like one of the best to ever play the game.
City is putting teams away before the grass has lost its slickness, and Erling Haaland is simply devouring back lines and goalkeepers in one bite.
In short, he looks like a mixture of the biggest superhero holding the cunning of the biggest villain: a mixture of Thor and Thanos, for the Marvel crowd.
City has to stay sharp through a Champions League second leg and an FA Cup semifinal versus Sheffield United before meeting Arsenal on April 26.
If the two-time defending champions do that and beat the Gunners, they’ll face six more Premier League clubs with a UCL semifinal thrown-in.
Here’s how their run-in looks (asterisks next to uncertain fixtures). Are you betting against them?
- at Bayern Munich, Wednesday (UCL quarterfinal second leg)
- vs Sheffield United at Wembley, Saturday (FA Cup semifinal)
- vs Arsenal, April 26
- at Fulham, April 30
- vs West Ham, May 3
- vs Leeds, May 7
- Real Madrid or Chelsea, May 9 (UCL semifinal first leg)*
- at Everton, May 14
- Real Madrid or Chelsea, May 16 (UCL semifinal second leg)*
- vs Chelsea, May 20
- at Brentford, May 28
- FA Cup final, June 3
- UCL final, June 10
Manchester City vs Leicester City player ratings: Stars of the Show
Erling Haaland: It’s cliche to say that he’s inevitable, but when you’re a mix of Thor and Thanos…
Kevin De Bruyne: With 15 Premier League assists this season, he still could set records.
Jack Grealish: Form of his life continues, as the former Villan deserved an assist or more vs Leicester.
John Stones: What a goal, especially coming from a defender. Hasn’t been as fine a strike from a back outside of Michael Keane for Everton vs Tottenham.
James Maddison: Really should’ve had it 3-2 late but was denied by Ederson.
Man City’s off to Germany to meet Bayern at 3pm ET Wednesday before a 12:45pm ET Saturday date with Sheffield United in the FA Cup semifinals.
Leicester City’s next match is home to Wolves on Saturday, April 22.
John Stones goal video: A precise, impressive opener
Erling Haaland goal video: Penalty makes it 2-0
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Kelechi Iheanacho goal video: Ex-Man City hotshot ruins clean sheet
How to watch Manchester City vs Leicester City live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 12:30pm ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBC
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium
Key storylines & in-form players to watch
Man City is a locomotive right now, steaming through teams as Erling Haaland continues to etch his name into the Premier League record book. But Rodri, Ruben Dias, and Manuel Akanji have helped make sure that the attacking pieces can do their thing with full security.
Leicester’s scores four times in its last five games but two of those goals were from Harvey Barnes, who may not be available at the Etihad Stadium. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s absence also stings, and whether Youri Tielemans is fit to play will be a huge thing to monitor before the game.
Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Phil Foden (illness)
TEAM NEWS! 🙌
XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Grealish, Haaland
SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Ake, Gundogan, Alvarez, Gomez, Akanji, Palmer, Lewis#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/GOz2nXZCcM
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 15, 2023
Leicester City team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: James Justin (achilles), Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (suspended), Ryan Bertrand (knee, Harvey Barnes (thigh)
Dean Smith's first Foxes XI 📝 ⚫#MCILEI pic.twitter.com/J6t2CVA1NN
— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 15, 2023