Football Features

Maddison and Iheanacho were shining lights amid the darkness as Leicester get thrashed 6-3 by Man City

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 17:15, 26 December 2021


James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho shone even as Leicester fell to a massive 6-3 loss away to Manchester City.

City go six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their ninth league win in a row.

Pep Guardiola’s men were 4-0 up after 25 minutes and the game seemed absolutely dead and buried. After their EFL Cup collapse at Anfield, it looked like yet more misery for the injury-hit Foxes.

But James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho, just about the only star men still available to Brendan Rodgers, set about giving Leicester life in a game where they seemed to be dead and buried.


18+ only. New members only. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Full T&Cs apply. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org.

18+ only. New customers only. Opt in required. 7 day free spin expiry. All free spins will auto play on first eligible game loaded. £10 staking requirement must be met within 30 days of opt in for extra 200 free spins. Eligibility restrictions apply. Further T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org

Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org. Full terms apply.

18+ only. New UK customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. New customers only. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
£20 in Free Bets when you place a £5 bet T&Cs apply

18+ only. New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here

The turnaround began instantly, with Leicester’s counter-attack becoming more potent and managing to rip through the flimsy Rodri-less City midfield and get at the defence. However they could never find the final pass and the half ended 4-0.

After the break, however, Leicester went to work. First James Maddison pulled one back with a wonderful finish to cap a superb counter and give Leicester a glimmer of a chance.

Less than five minutes later, Maddison danced away from City challenges in midfield and fed Iheanacho who split the City defence wonderfully, finding Ademola Lookman who made it 4-2.

Six minutes after that, Maddison was in space on the edge of the box and let rip with such a ferocious shot that Ederson could only palm it onto the bar. As the ball fell from the sky, who else but Iheanacho showed up to slam home and make it 4-3.


Boxing Day betting offer from 888sport: Newcastle Utd v Man Utd (link here)

Deposit min £/$/€10 using promo code 888ODDS • Bet up to £/$/€5 on your selection at normal odds in the regular market • If your selection wins, we’ll pay you out at the normal price and any extra winnings from the advertised enhanced price will be paid to you in Free Bets • Free Bets are granted within 72 hours and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods and countries & Full T&C’s applyBe Gamble Aware


At this time a comeback felt inevitable. But of course, Manchester City were driven to up their own intensity and did so, bagging two goals from corners (making it 13 conceded by Leicester from set-pieces so far this season) to kill off the Foxes’ comeback.

So the game ended with City dominant and Leicester once again licking their wounds. But unlike Anfield where they threw away a massive lead, here they may have suffered, but they showed tremendous heart and fight and four about an hour were the equals of Man City.

Maddison and Iheanacho showed that even without Jamie Vardy or Patson Daka or Harvey Barnes, and even with Youri Tielemans being less than useless, Leicester have two superstars they can rely on. They nearly turned things around at a stadium where no visiting side has score more than one goal all season.

Iheanacho ended the game with 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 shots, all of which were on target. The Seniorman was in superb form as he linked play and brought the best out of his team-mates. Meanwhile Maddison created 3 chances, completed 3/3 take-ons, won 3 fouls and of course scored the first goal of the comeback.

Looking forward to Leicester’s rematch with Liverpool, the Foxes will no doubt be fearful of a fully-rested firestorm from Jurgen Klopp’s full-strength side, especially given their own troubles defending set-pieces. However the shining performances of James Maddison (who now has three goals in his last three games and six in his last eight; he is a man in form) and Kelechi Iheanacho will give him hope that somehow Leicester could get a late Christmas Miracle to steal something at the King Power.

✕︎

Sign up to the Best Football Offers

A valid email is required.

Invalid e-mail.

Yes I am over 18.
Yes, I would like to receive email updates on exciting offers from squawka.com. For more info on how we and our partners process your data, see Privacy and Cookie Policies.
You need to confirm that you are over 18 and that you want to receive updates.

*By subscribing you are confirming that you are over 18 years of age.

*All emails include an unsubscribe link, where you can opt out any time. *Please see our privacy and cookies policy..

x

Newsletter error