Guardiola excludes Mahrez from his wishing list

Newcastle United v Manchester United – Premier League – St James’ Park

Newcastle United v Manchester United – Premier League – St James’ Park

Sergio Aguero scored four goals as Manchester City opened up a 16 point advantage at the top of the Premier League with victory over Leicester City.

In their last game, they managed a 1-1 home draw against Swansea City, and prior to that, they had lost 2-1 at Everton.

Manchester City dropped points for only the fourth time this season at Burnley and Guardiola is expecting a tough challenge from Claude Puel's Leicester, regardless of whether Riyad Mahrez plays.

"Puel has also received the blow of losing Shinji Okazaki to injury."[There has been a] little injury with Okazaki, he will not be available", Puel added.

City players, especially Raheem Sterling, were guilty of squandering easy chances against the Clarets, and Pep Guardiola will hope for much better finishing from his side against the Foxes.

Leicester City haven't had an ideal start to 2018, particularly in the league, where they've won just one of their last four.

When asked why he hadn't selected a full complement of substitutes, Guardiola responded by saying "we don't have enough", which Neville strongly contested, labelling the City manager's excuse a "joke".

"In the Premier League game against them it was hard, the sending off after three minutes changed the game".

Leicester have both scored and conceded in nine of their last 11 Premier League away games, with the other two results finishing 0-0 in that run. Manchester City will be at home for this game and that should mean even better things for the club. The Foxes got their reward in the 24th minute, when Jamie Vardy pounced on a Kyle Walker giveaway, beat Aymeric Laporte and finished into the corner.

In 2001, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes chose to protest being left out of Sir Alex Ferguson's side for a 3-1 loss at Liverpool, with the midfielder refusing to play in a League Cup tie at Arsenal later that week.

"We can play against Manchester City with a fantastic spirit and collective play and make a difference and I hope we will see this on Saturday".

"We conceded the goals at a bad time, just at the beginning of the first half and just at the beginning of the second half", Puel said.

Super Eagles duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were in action with Iheanacho coming off the bench.

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