The classic Premier League early/late fixture-split played a psychological part in Manchester City closing the gap to Chelsea to just three points last time out.
But Manuel Pellegrini’s side will have no such luxury in their next top-flight outing, with the league leaders hosting Hull at the same time as City’s trip to struggling Leicester.
Luckily the Foxes’ form is dire enough to ensure that no such emotional boost will be needed for the visitors and the Etihad club understandably dominate our three best bets for the game as a result:
The Citizens are unbeaten in their last eight trips to face Leicester in all competitions and head for their latest battle there with the Foxes in the middle of a 10-game winless run.
Considering the defending champions have triumphed in four consecutive top-flight outings, and five straight in all competitions, the price being offered for an away win should be snatched at like a Mario Balotelli shot.
The Ivorian was suffering from a slow start to the season having scored just once in his previous 11 appearances prior to his mini-revival.
However, the former Barcelona man seems to have rediscovered his net-finding touch with three goals in his last four appearances.
Only Chelsea and Everton have led more often at the break than Pellegrini’s boys this season, with City taking their half-time refreshments infront six times in their 15 games.
Considering Leicester have experienced the comfort of a mid-match lead just once all season this looks a solid bet, backed up further by the five wins City have claimed from those six 45-minute advantages.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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