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Key events

40 min: Grealish and De Bruyne link up down the left but the Belgian’s attempted cross is put out for another corner by Daniel Amartey. De Bruyne’s delivery is a little too high for its intended target, Manuel Akanji and the ball goes out for a Leicester throw-in.

38 min: James Justin is bleeding from a cut a couple of centimetres under his left eye but it doesn’t look anything too serious.

37 min: A vital touch from James Justin prevents Silva getting on the end of a sdink into the Leicester penalty area. From the ensuing corner, Aymeric Laporte heads feebly downwards and wide.

36 min: Harvey Barnes is played up the left touchline and cuts inside Akanji but his cross towards Jamie Vardy is diabolically bad. Leicester need to make far better use of the precious little possession they are getting.

34 min: Manchester City appeal for a penalty after Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall sticks the boot in to prevent Jack Grealish getting a cross or shot away from a very tight angle near the left upright. He got the ball and no spot-kick is forthcoming but it was quite a risky and arguably unnecessary challenge. City have to settle for a corner from which nothing comes.

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Manchester City's Jack Grealish (left) goes down under a challenge from Leicester City's Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall but no penalty is given as he got the ball first.
Manchester City’s Jack Grealish (left) goes down under a challenge from Leicester City’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

32 min: Grealish tries to tee up Cancelo, who is crowded off the ball. It finds its way to Manuel Akanji, whose shot is charged down. This Leicester defending could scarcely be more dogged.

30 min: Leicester break upfield on the counter after Rodri had given the ball away outside their penalty area. Harvey Barnes scurries up the inside left into the Manchester City penalty area but runs into traffic. Ederson tidies up at the back.

29 min: Leicester get forward again with James Maddison on the ball. He tries to play it towards Vardy, when perhaps a pass to Harvey Barnes was the better option. City clear.

27 min: Another shot from De Bruyne, who slips while pulling the trigger. His rising effort from the edge of the penalty area is straight at Danny Ward, who deals with it comfortably.

25 min: Manchester City launch a counter-attack up the left. Grealish cuts inside and squares the ball for De Bruyne, whose shot from outside the area is blocked.

24 min: Leicester finally go on an attack which ends with Harvey Barnes bringing a smart save out of Ederson at his near post. The hosts win a corner, which is headed clear by Rodri.

22 min: Another Cancelo cross into the Leicester penalty area is blockjed after he and Grealish link up down the left again. Cancelo is playing increadibly far forward considering he’s a left-back. Grealish is often behind him.

21 min: Joao Cancelo sends another cross into the Leicester penalty area and it’s cleared.

20 min: Ederson gets his first touch, playing a short pass as City embark on another sortie upfield.

18 min: Playing up front for Leicester, Jamie Vardy gets his first touch of the ball with almost 20 minutes gone. That’s how dominant Manchester City have been but the deadlock remains unbroken.

17 min: After a dodgy start to the season playing behind a very shaky defence, Danny Ward is starting to show his qualities. He rides to the rescue again, saving a low drive from Bernardo Silva with his legs. A tip of the hat to Kevin De Bruyne, who teed up Silva with an acrobatic assist as he prevented the ball from going out of play.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne attempts to control the ball in the air.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne shows off some of his mad skillz. Photograph: David Davies/PA

16 min: De Bruyne plays Alvarez in behind and the Argentinian shoots from a tight angle. Danny Ward parries his shot and the flag goes up for offside. Replays suggest Alvarez was onside but it doesn’t matter. Good goalkeeping by Ward.

Leicester City goalkeeper Danny Ward saves a shot from Manchester City's Julian Alvarez.
Leicester City goalkeeper Danny Ward saves a shot from Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez. Photograph: David Davies/PA

14 min: Nothing comes of the latest corner but Manchester City continue to dominate with extreme prejudice. Julian Alvarez runs on to a ball down the flank from deep but it sails out of play for a goal-kick.

13 min: Danny Ward palms a Rodri header out for a corner. The Spanish midfielder got on the end of a De Bruyne cross and his looping effort looked like it might drop under the cross-bar.

12 min: Leicester remain camped inside their own half, the faces of their players a collective study in fierce concentration.

Leicester City's Timothy Castagne attempts to close down Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo before he can cross the ball.
Leicester City’s Timothy Castagne attempts to close down Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo before he can stick one into the mixer. Photograph: Chris Radburn/Reuters

11 min: City win a corner. Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery is cleared courtesy of a meaty Youri Tielemans header.

10 min: Leicester play out from the back, threading the ball through the eyes of several needles until Timothy Castagne overhits a pass and gives it away near the halway line.

9 min: Caglar Soyuncu puts the ball out for a throw-in on this, his first start for Leicester since May. He was linked with a move away from the club during the transfer window but it never materialised.

7 min: Aymeric Laporte spreads the ball wide to Jack Grealish on the left touchline. He links up with Cancelo as Manchester CIty continue to tenaciously press and probe.

6 min: Lots of patient build-up play from Manchester City but no chances of note to report in these early stages. Leicester are keeping their shape and defending well.

5 min: Playing high up the pitch, Joao Cancelo tries to send a cross into the Leicester penalty are but his delivery is blocked.

4 min: John Stones shepherds the ball out of play under pressure from James Justin, who claims a corner but doesn’t get one.

2 min: Rodri dinks the ball over the top from the edge of the Leicetser City penalty area but the two City players ahead of him are both in offside positions and make no attempt to play the ball, which bounces wide.

Leicester City v Manchester City is go …

1 min: City get the ball rolling, their players wearing yellow and black striped shirts, black shorts and yellow socks. Their hosts are in their usual home kit of blue shirts, shorts and socks. As expected, they line up with a back five.

It’s that time of year again: There are poppy mosaics in the stands and both managers leave wreaths in the centre-circle and there’s a rendition of The Last Post, in memory of the fallen, what with this being Leicester’s final home game before Remembrance Day on 11 November.

Teams line up to observe a moment of silence in advance of Remembrance Day ahead of the English Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium.
Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Not long now: Youri Tielemans and Ilkay Gundogan lead out the sides and both sets of players line up either side of referee Robert Jones and his match officials. The last of the pre-match formalities are well under way.

Pep Guardiola sits in the visitors’ dug-out at the King Power Stadium.
Pep Guardiola ponders the meaning of it all while watching his team warm up at the King Power. Photograph: Matt McNulty/Manchester City FC/Getty Images

Those teams: There are two changes to the Leicester line-up, with Jamie Vardy and Caglar Soyuncu making rare starts. The Turkish defender comes in to the centre of a back five, while Vardy starts up front instead of Patson Daka, who drops to the bench.

Pep Guardiola makes six changes to the side that drew with Dortmund in midweek. Ederson returns in goal, while Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Manuel Akanji and Aymeric Laporte also come into the side. Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Stefan, Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias drop to the bench, while Haaland is absent from the squad with injury.

Fans convene on the concourse outside the King Power Stadium ahead of kick-off.
The scene outside the King Power Stadium ahead of kick-off. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Leicester City v Manchester City line-ups

Leicester City: Ward, Justin, Amartey, Faes, Soyuncu, Castagne, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Barnes, Maddison, Vardy

Subs: Iversen, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Perez, Daka, Mendy, Ndidi, Praet, Thomas

Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Akanji, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Grealish, Alvarez, Silva

Subs: Stefan, Carson, Dias, Ake, Gomez, Mahrez, Foden, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand

No Haaland in City’s starting XI

This just in: The big Norwegian goal machine does not start for Manchester City and is also absent from the matchday squad. Julian Alvarez starts in his place and is one of four changes to the City side. Jamie Vardy starts for Leicester City.

Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan arrive at the King Power Stadium ahead of today’s game
Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan arrive at the King Power Stadium ahead of today’s game. Photograph: Matt McNulty/Manchester City/Manchester City FC/Getty Images

Today’s match officials

Today's matchday referee RObert Jones
Robert Jones is in charge of maintaining Photograph: Vince Mignott/EPA

Early team news

Wilfred Ndidi has been spotted back on the Leicester training pitches after missing almost the entire month with a hamstring injury. The Nigerian defensive midfielder will not feature today but Leicester fans will be heartened by his return to full fitness. Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand remain sidelined for Leicester, but Jonny Evans could feature. The central defender has been struggling with a calf injury but was due to be assessed ahead of the game.

Erling Haaland was also due to be assessed yesterday after being withdrawn at half-time during Manchester City’s midweek scoreless draw with Borussia Dortmund. Haaland appeared to suffer a foot injury when tackled by Emre Can and was also reported to be suffering from a fever.

City goalkeeper Ederson is due to return after missing the Dortmund game but Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker remain out as they recover from surgery but both players remain hopeful of being available for World Cup selection. “They are optimistic,” said Pep Guardiola. “They are in touch with Gareth [Southgate]. Hopefully they can be ready and get selected.”

Erling Haaland was withdrawn at half-time during Manchester City’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund suffering from a minor foot injury and a fever.
Erling Haaland was withdrawn at half-time during Manchester City’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund suffering from a minor foot injury and a fever. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Leicester City v Manchester City

Premier League: It’s a tale of two Citys at the King Power Stadium this afternoon, with Leicester hosting the reigning champions in the first of the weekend’s 10 top flight matches. After a dreadful start to the season, the hosts are finally showing signs of life and go into this extremely stern test of their mettle on the back of two wins and their third consecutive clean sheet. In a demonstration of remarkable efficiency in front of goal, they have scored an impressive six goals in their past two games from just five shots on target.

By their own extremely high standards, City are in a comparative slump, having won just one of their past four domestically and in Europe, failing to score in three of those games. It’s almost certainly a minor blip and they remain second in the table, two points behind Arsenal and already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. Kick-off at the King Power is at 12.30pm (BST) but we’ll have team news and build-up in the meantime.





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