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Jon Riley 18th Jan 2011 - 0:26

Mancini's men to dispatch Sven's Foxes

Manchester City v Leicester City | 19:45 - live on ESPN

Sven Goran Eriksson returns to Eastlands for the first time since leaving Manchester City as manager in June 2008. He brings with him his Leicester City team ready to do battle once again with the Citizens, after forcing a replay in the original third round FA Cup tie.

The Foxes were excellent at the Walkers Stadium when holding a full strength City side to a 2-2 draw, Andy King's second half goal restoring parity after James Milner and Carlos Tevez strikes had given the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Roberto Mancini is likely to utilise his vast strength in depth as they try to despatch their Championship opposition. The Italian may turn to the likes of Shay Given, Joleon Lescott, Patrick Vieira, James Milner and Spaniard David Silva as he attempts to give all of his top stars as much pitch time as possible. An interesting selection choice could be up front for the Mancunians. Edin Dzeko is unable to play after signing after the original tie took place and with Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly out of contention, it looks like it will be down to Carlos Tevez or Jo. Mancini will surely want to rest Tevez and give Jo a run out but it remains to be seen if the City manager has sufficient confidence in the Brazilian's ability to do so.

Sven Goran Eriksson has a decision to make in the goal scoring area of the pitch as well. New signing Yakubu cannot play at Eastlands for the same reason as Edin Dzeko, his loan form Everton took place after the date of the original tie. Former City and England forward Darius Vassell will also be unavailable to Eriksson due to injury.

Man city briefly took pole position in the Premier League after their win over Wolves, but it was a very un-Roberto Mancini like performance. Brilliant offensive play by the likes of Dzeko, Toure and Tevez was offset by a poor defensive display causing the team to go from cruising at 4-1 to panicking at 4-3, this against one of the Premier League's worst travelling teams.

Leicester were undone away at the Championship's bottom club Preston by former player Iain Hume. Yakubu looked to have given his new team a morale boosting win but a lapse of concentration late in the game cost the Foxes.

Manchester City are 31 places higher than Leicester in the league standings and are priced at 4/11 to advance through to the fourth round at the expense of the men from the East Midlands.

Sven will be hoping that it his team that go through given that the winner of this tie will face another of his former clubs, Notts County, in the fourth round. The bookies aren't so convinced of the Foxes chances and price them at 8/1.

If you feel that this game could head into extra time then the draw can be backed at 7/2 or for even bigger odds try the correct score market. 0-0, 1-1 and even a repeat of the first game 2-2 can be backed at prices of 14/1, 9/1 and 18/1 respectively.

With so many changes possible from both sides it is difficult to predict a first scorer until the team sheets are handed over. Bets that might catch the eye of punters could be for Leicester's match saver Andy King to score anytime at 5/1 or for Man City's returning World Cup winner David Silva to open the scoring at 11/2.

One bet that does interest me and one that I'd recommend is Draw/Man City in the Double Result market. Leicester will be hoping to keep it tight and if Tevez is rested that hugely weakens the hosts' attack. Priced at 10/3, I've got a good feeling about this one.

 

 

 
 
 

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