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EPL: Iheanacho top strike as Leicester welcome Man City

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Leicester City vs. Man City
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick off: 5:30PM

Leicester-Man City match details

Yesterday on Naija News 247 News Football Insight episode, we pre analyzed one of the Saturday English Premier League match, Leicester City vs Manchester City and today is the match day.

First takes on third in the Premier League this evening as leaders Manchester City make the trip to fellow in-form side Leicester City.

Man City have won four in a row in all competitions and remain on course for a quadruple, while Leicester have won three on the spin and are also battling on multiple fronts.

Just 16 games stand between Pep Guardiola’s side and a piece of English football history as they attempt to win a clean sweep of domestic and European honours.

The Citizens do not even necessarily have to win all of those games, either, especially given that they boast a 14-point lead on Manchester United in the Premier League.

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Come the end of the weekend, it may well be that Leicester are the Citizens’ biggest title threat, with the Foxes just a point behind second-placed Man United.

Winning the title is not the aim for Leicester this term, of course, but rather finishing above some heavyweight clubs to secure a top-four spot and Champions League football.

The Foxes have defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 and Sheffield United 5-0 in their last two league games to recover from a recent wobble.

Brendan Rodgers’s men are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where Southampton await, after beating Man United 3-1 in their last match before the international break.

Leicester certainly have momentum on their side and plenty to play for over the remaining seven weeks of the season, and the same is very much true for their opponents.

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Man City’s record winning run may have been ended in a 2-0 loss to Man United last month, but they responded to that with wins over Southampton and Fulham in the league.

With a fifth title in 10 years as good as wrapped up, next week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Borussia Dortmund may well take priority for Guardiola.

There is also the small matter of the upcoming EFL Cup final with Tottenham Hotspur, plus an FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea, in what will be a defining few weeks.

A huge run of fixtures begins with this trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, and three more points in the East Midlands would be the perfect way to keep the momentum going.

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Leicester City possible XI: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Fofana, Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Praet, Castagne, Vardy, Iheanacho.

Manchester City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.

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Bayern Leverkusen appoint Ex-Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso new manager

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Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has been appointed as the new manager of Bayern Leverkusen following the dismissal of Gerardo Seoane on Wednesday.

“ #Bayer04 and Gerardo #Seoane go their separate ways. World and European Champion @XabiAlonso becomes new head coach of the #Werkself,” the club announced on Twitter.

It will be the former Bayern Munich player’s first job in charge of a first team head coach since he started football management.

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Alonso shared his excitement about joining the German club while praising the players and quality of the squad.

“I know Leverkusen as an excellent club from my time in Germany. #Bayer04 has always had great players, I also see a lot of quality in the current squad. This task excites me a lot.”

The 2010 World Cup winner began his managerial career with the Real Madrid Under 14 team in 2018 before joining Real Sociedad B in 2019 until he left this year.

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During his career as a footballer, he played for top teams in Europe including Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Alonso, now 40, won multiple Bundesliga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League titles and the FA Cup, La Liga, UEFA European Championship amongst many other titles.

His first match in charge as the club’s new  manager will be Leverkusen’s Bundesliga home game against Schalke 04 on Saturday October 8.

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The International Boxing Association (IBA) on Wednesday said it would allow Russian and Belarusian boxers to compete at the organisation’s events with immediate effect.

The IBA board of directors voted in favour of cancelling its previous decision, which suspended athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing at international events due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The IBA strongly believes that politics shouldn’t have any influence on sports. Hence, all athletes should be given equal conditions,” the association said in a statement.

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IBA added that both Russian and Belarus teams would be able to perform under their flags, and the national anthems will be played in case they win a gold medal.

The association’s president Uma Kremlev, who is Russian, had recently called for the return of athletes from Russia and Belarus to all international competitions.

The IBA was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over wide-ranging problems, from judging scandals to governance and finances.

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The boxing competition at the Tokyo Olympics last year was run by the IOC, and boxing has not been included in the provisional programme for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

Now, this latest decision has the potential to cause further division between the IBA and the IOC.

IOC still calls for Russian athletes to be excluded from international sports outrightly due to Moscow’s war against Ukraine.

(dpa/NAN)

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Ukraine joins Spain, Portugal to bid for 2030 World Cup

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Ukraine joins Spain, Portugal to bid for 2030 World Cup

Ukraine will join Spain and Portugal in a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the Spanish and Portuguese federations said on Wednesday.

Both associations communicated their plans to European ruling body UEFA, which “immediately expressed its total support,” a statement said.

The joint bid aims to use football as a way to contribute to Ukraine’s reconstruction, the statement said.

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But it did not mention Russia’s war in the country directly.

The 2030 World Cup Commission will now include officials from Ukraine and will fulfil all deadlines to present the proposal to football governing body FIFA, the statement added.

(dpa/NAN)

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