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Summary

  1. Man City return to winning ways
  2. Leicester seven points from safety
  3. Silva stabs Man City into lead
  4. Substitute Milners adds the second
  5. Home captain Kompany dropped to bench
  6. Striker Bony makes his first Man City start

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Man City 2-0 Leicester

    It wasn't pretty. In fact it was pretty dismal at times. But Manuel Pellegrini won't care. Manchester City are back to winning ways and their title charge is still alive. For Leicester it's another hard luck story. Thanks for your company.

  2. GOAL

    Man City 2-0 Leicester - James Milner

    James Milner

    Job done. Manchester City have the points in the bag as substitute James Milner side foots home from close range following Jesus Navas's cross.

  3. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Leicester's fate is still in their own hands. Four of their remaining 11 games after this are against fellow strugglers Hull (home), Burnley (away), QPR (home) and Sunderland (away).

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    This has been another accomplished performance from Leicester. They've battled hard, been denied at least one penalty and hit the woodwork. It's another hard luck story. Nigel Pearson is getting sick of them.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "Sharp reminder for Manchester City as that shot from Riyad Mahrez rolled against the post. Leicester City may be second best but they are preying on City's nerves, and the nerves of their supporters, every time they come forward. City looking anxious at the back."

  6. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

    at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "I remember watching Bony play for Swansea against Leicester, when he scored a fantastic goal, a brilliant strike. It hasn't happened for him tonight, and City are nervous. They have brought on a midfielder for a striker."

  7. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    David Silva

    A huge cheer goes up as Frank Lampard comes on for goalscorer David Silva. It's still extremely tense at the Etihad.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

    at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Leicester have created chances, and they are causing Manchester City one or two problems on the counter-attack."

  9. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    So close by Riyad Mahrez, whose angled drive from 18 yards rebounds off Joe Hart's post. A huge let off for Manchester City.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City are still the much more dangerous side but Leicester City still right in this and the pace of Jamie Vardy has already give the slightly ponderous home defensive partnership of Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala something to think about."

  11. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Mark Schwarzer

    Mark Schwarzer might be the oldest man on the pitch but he can still mix it with the best. The Leicester keeper flings himself across his line to tip away Yaya Toure's curling attempt from distance.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    David Nugent surely has to score as the ball lands at his feet three yards out. But the Leicester substitute can't direct it into the net. It's a horrible miss but Nugent's blushes are spared by a linesman's flag anyway.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy drags a great chance wide. The Leicester forward had a great chance to put his name up in lights but can't keep his composure. The Foxes need to take these chances.

  14. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Bold change by Nigel Pearson as forwards David Nugent and Jamie Vardy come on for Paul Konchesky and Andrej Kramaric. The Leicester boss clearly feels his side can get something here.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Sergio Aguero

    This game is opening up. The hosts storm down the other end and 42-year-old Mark Schwarzer claws away Sergio Aguero's header to keep Leicester alive. It's a terrific save by the veteran keeper following Aleksandar Kolarov's cross.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

    at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "Leicester should have had a penalty. If a foul is on the line it's a penalty, and that definitely was. The referee has bottled that big call."

  17. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    A huge call. Fernando trips Andrej Kramaric right on the edge of the Manchester City penalty area. Leicester want a penalty. The referee awards a free-kick. Kramaric picks himself up and fires narrowly wide. This game is far from over.

  18. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    David Silva's goal has done little to improve the atmosphere. Neither has Chelsea's goal at West Ham. Even if Manchester City win, they will remain five points behind the leaders if the scores stay the same. Oh, and Chelsea have a game in hand.

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Wilfried Bony

    How much did Wilfried Bony cost? The striker is presented with a great chance to score on his first start but screws his shot horribly wide from close range. A real let off for Leicester after Jesus Navas's cut-back.

  20. KICK-OFF

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Off we go again.

  21. City on tour

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City flag

    Not everyone has given up on Manchester City's title hopes. Celebrity fan Noel Gallagher is still proudly flying the club's colours on tour. This picture was taken backstage from Tuesday night's gig in Belfast. Gallagher and his band have now moved to Dublin. Will he be walking off stage to good news later? We should know in about 45 minutes. The teams are on their way out.

  22. Hitting the jackpot

    BBC Iwonder guide

    So how much is the FA Cup worth to your team?

    Ahead of this weekend's quarter-finals, BBC Sport delve into the maths behind an FA Cup run.

    Play on a fruit machine to see how you hit the jackpot in the competition, plus much, much more here in the latest iWonder Guide.

  23. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "Great relief for Manchester City with that goal from David Silva seconds before half-time. They had created the better chances but again it has been an uninspired performance. Nigel Pearson will be doubly angry now - a goal conceded and that clear penalty claim ignored."

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    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater: "It's all about the pace of the cross. Superb from Kolarov. He drilled it in, Bony hit it at goal and Silva was there to tap in the ball as it fell to him."

  25. HALF-TIME

    Man City 1-0 Leicester

    But for David Silva's goal it's been a snooze-fest at the Etihad. But Manchester City have the lead. Can they build on it? It's a real test of character for Leicester.

  26. GOAL

    Man City 1-0 Leicester - David Silva

    David Silva

    Relief at the Etihad as David Silva gets the breakthrough. The Spaniard follows up from close range after Wes Morgan's brilliant block. A scrappy goal to end a scrappy half.

    David Silva
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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Manchester City have had 74% possession yet they have been unable to turn that into a goal. No wonder the home fans are frustrated.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Chances have been few and far between yet Wilfried Bony could have had a hat-trick this half. David Silva delivers a high ball into the Leicester area which the former Swansea striker chests down before blazing wide on the half-volley.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    At last the hosts are showing some urgency as the interval approaches. But the red-shirted visitors are proving difficult to break down. That sudden wave of Manchester City pressure has petered out and the crowd falls silent. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson will be delighted by what he has seen from his players.

  30. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Wilfried Bony

    It's been ugly, scrappy and a real turn off. Suddenly there's a ray of light for the hosts as Jesus Navas delivers a cross which presents Wilfried Bony with a great scoring chance. Mark Schwarzer makes a terrific save before recovering to keep out another attempt by Navas. Is this game finally coming to life?

  31. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is angry in his technical area - not grabbing James McArthur by the throat angry but angry nonetheless - as he believes his side were denied a penalty as Wilfried Bony dragged back Jeff Schlupp. And he has every right to be angry because that looked to be a real escape for Manchester City."

  32. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    There's a huge picture on the wall outside the Etihad Stadium of Vincent Kompany holding aloft the Premier League trophy. That must seem a long time ago for the Manchester City skipper. He's sat on the bench after being dropped. Penny for his thoughts...

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Manchester City v Leicester

    Independent chief sports writer Ian Herbert: As subdued as it's been all season at the Etihad. Two Leicester penalty shouts haven't helped, though neither looked valid.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Crikey. Manchester City's defence is sliced open and Andrej Kramaric is surely in. Joe Hart comes rushing off the line and throws himself at the ball before the Leicester man can take it past him. Excellent stuff by the England stopper. There was no room for error otherwise it was a certain penalty.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Wilfried Bony does little to ease the nerves of the home fans as he puts his arm across Jeffrey Schlupp in the Manchester City penalty area. The visitors want a penalty but referee Robert Madley is not interested.

  36. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Sagna and Schlupp battle for the ball

    Television pictures zoom in on home fans. Many have their arms folded waiting for something to happen. The hosts are struggling to unlock a defence that has been solid in the opening 20 minutes.

  37. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "All very subdued here at The Etihad - although all the serious threat has come from Manchester City. City's fans were frustrated as David Silva took an extra touch instead of shooting and almost all the action taking place in the Leicester City half."

  38. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Manchester City v Leicester

    A powerful surge deep into the Leicester half by Jesus Navas. The ball falls to David Silva inside the penalty area but the Spaniard is crowded out. There's an anxious feel about Manchester City. They need a goal to lift their fans.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    More probing and pressing from the hosts. Sergio Aguero and David Silva are having plenty of possession but Leicester's defence is holding tight. For now.

  40. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    It's all Manchester City but this already has a feel of a testimonial match. It's flat and there's next to no atmosphere.

  41. Post update

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Daily Mail northern football correspondent Ian Ladyman: Football is about progress and there hasn't been much at Manchester City. But then one miracle in the Nou Camp and the world changes. Again.

  42. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Leicester are quiet happy to soak up early pressure from the hosts. But are they playing into Manchester City's hands? Yaya Toure tries his luck from 25-yards but Mark Schwarzer gathers comfortably.

  43. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    5 live Sport

    "Pellegrini has form here, in the dropping of Kompany. He dropped England's number one, Joe Hart, for a period. It did him a great deal of good, and I'm sure Kompany will return a rested and much improved player."

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Wilfried Bony is almost off to a dream start. The striker gets on the end of a second Manchester City corner and his header appears to be creeping in before Esteban Cambiasso hacks clear.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Two minutes on the clock and Manchester City win the game's first corner. There's a ripple of applause. It's very hush hush.

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    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "Plenty of empty seats around the Etihad as kick-off time approaches between Manchester City and Leicester City. The reigning champions have lacked a little sparkle in some games recently so it is a big opportunity for new £25m striker Wilfried Bony to make his first big impact.

    "Pellegrini still believes the title is in reach but he will surely know nothing other than victory will do. Leicester City showed plenty of resilience to earn a 2-2 draw at Everton in their last game and manager Nigel Pearson will want more of the same."

  47. KICK-OFF

    Man City 0-0 Leicester

    And we're under way. It's subdued at the Etihad. Very subdued.

  48. Post update

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Here comes Yaya Toure leading Manchester City out in the absence of Vincent Kompany. 'Blue Moon' is being played over the speakers. It can only mean one thing. We're moments from kick-off.

  49. What the managers say

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on five changes to his side: "We have played two very tough games in the last week and I thought it was important to have new faces. It's important we have the same pace, concentration and intensity for the whole game."

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "Performances have been good but we need to win games. My players are looking forward to it. What Manchester City do have is a very talented squad with a lot of depth. We have to play our own football and utilise our own possession."

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    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Premier League table

    Brilliant stat from Daniel Taylor's piece on Manchester City on the Guardian website. Despite investing tens of millions of pounds on players since winning the Premier League first time in 2012, City have spent a grand total of 22 days at the top of the table. That's an awful lot of money. And not a lot of days at the summit.

  51. Post update

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City midfielder Jesus Navas: "We know we are going to have to win every point to close the gap on Chelsea. It is a must-win game but we know victory will give us confidence."

  52. Ray of hope?

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City v Leicester City

    It's not looking good for Leicester. Seven points adrift of safety, bottom of the table, five games without a win, no away wins in 2015. Yet there is a glimmer of hope. The Foxes have a 100% success rate at City in their last four top-flight visits.

    OK, it's not huge but it's something to cling on to. At least until the first goal goes in.

  53. Pellegrini under pressure?

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    He claims he is under no pressure from the club's owners to retain the Premier League title this season. But Manuel Pellegrini will be well aware the last time Manchester City went a season without silverware they got rid of the manager.

    Should City fail to pick up maximum points from the next two league games against Leicester and Burnley - together with Champions League elimination on 18 March - Pellegrini will hope the club's owners exercise some patience.

    That's the same owners who sacked Roberto Mancini in May 2013 for finishing second in the table, losing the FA Cup final and going out of the Champions League at the group stage.

  54. 'It's a big, brave call'

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

    at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

    Vincent Kompany

    "It is a strange decision, to leave Kompany out. To have him on the bench even is odd - Pellegrini has opened himself up to all sorts of speculation. He has dropped his captain, City's best defender for three seasons. It's a big, brave call. Would it not have been slightly easier, with all that Manchester City are going through, to leave him out of the team and leave him out altogether? Then you can say he's been rested, or whatever. To have him on the bench is a clear indication that Kompany has been dropped."

  55. Post update

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has responded to the performance that drew so much criticism in defeat at Liverpool on Sunday by dropping out-of-sorts captain Vincent Kompany to the bench and giving a first start to £25m signing from Swansea City Wilfried Bony.

    "The Chilean was forced to defend himself and fight back at suggestions his job will be under threat after the loss at Anfield that followed on from the home defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League leaving him facing the prospect of no trophies this season.

    "One things is certain, irrespective of Pellegrini's personal position - City simply cannot afford another slip to bottom club Leicester City here at the Etihad with Chelsea five points clear with a game in hand."

  56. Kompany dropped, Bony starts

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Straight into the team news. And, boy, it's big.

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reacts to back-to-back defeats by making five changes to his starting line-up, with skipper Vincent Kompany dropped to the bench. Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri, Fernandinho and Edin Dzeko also make way. Striker Wilfried Bony makes his first start for the club since arriving from Swansea in a deal worth up to £28m in January.

    Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson sticks with the same 11 that drew 2-2 at Everton last time out. Former Manchester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel is still recovering from a broken foot.

    Man City XI: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Navas, Bony, Aguero, Silva.

    Leicester City XI: Schwarzer, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp, Kramaric.

  57. Slide away

    Manchester City win the 2013-14 Premier League title

    This time last year they were on their way to another title, momentum from a League Cup triumph propelling them to a second crown in three seasons.

    Manchester City's David Silva celebrates scoring

    This time two months ago ago they were on course for a domestic and European treble, the Champions League group stage safely negotiated and neck and neck with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

    Manchester City

    Then came an early FA Cup exit, dodgy home form, a Spanish lesson on the Champions League stage followed by defeat at Liverpool.

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    City's season is unravelling. The title is slipping from Manuel Pellegrini's grasp. And nothing other than three points against Leicester - that's bottom-of-the-table Leicester - will do.