Manchester City's tough start to the new Premier League campaign continues, with Leicester next in line to face Pep Guardiola's men.

After dispatching Wolves and dealing with the threat of Adama Traore, City will hope to manage the biggest threat possessed by the Foxes equally as comfortably.

Jamie Vardy is the man in question, with the English striker able to showcase the perfect skill set to cause Guardiola's outfit problems on the defensive side of the game.

City are relentless on the whole. The side tend to dominate roughly 65 per cent of the ball, and they consistently outshoot their opponents by a total of around 12 attempts per match based on last season.

Guardiola's men face about 6.3 shots on average per match - which was the best in Europe's top five leagues last year - and opposing teams tend to generate very few opportunities to hurt City, hence they are beaten very infrequently.

Brendan Rodgers has the perfect player at his disposal to take advantage of those limited chances in Vardy. The Englishman has become super-efficient under the Northern Irishman, and that can be captured using underlying numbers.

Some 126 strikers have amassed over 1,500 minutes in Europe's top five leagues over the course of the last calendar year, with Vardy placing second-to-last for passes per 90. Obviously, that suggests that he barely touching the ball.

He's also 65th for shots per 90, which indicates that he's not attempting to score as often as Europe's elite.

However, Vardy ranks 10th for the percentage of his shots that hit the target. He tends to hit the target with 54.2pc of his shots which is notably high, and he's also converting at a high rate too.

Of Vardy's shots, with those from open-play pictured below, 30.6pc find the back of the net, which places him second on the list of 126 strikers situated across Europe.

He's become remarkably productive under Rodgers, and he's demonstrated that by making use of whatever he's presented with.

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The veteran striker is being used purely to finish moves for his team, rather than dropping deeper to help with construction as Sergio Aguero does.

Gary Neville has described the need for opposing teams to live in 'moments' against City. Very few chances tend to emerge because of their possession share but when they do, they simply have to be converted if damage is to be done.

City, according to xG per shot - which offers an insight into how clear-cut a team's chances tend to be on average - typically face easy chances on their goal. Opposing teams don't create much against Guardiola's side but when they do, the shots aren't difficult to score.

Manchester City concede against Leicester after Harvey Barnes feeds Jamie Vardy with a through ball into space
Manchester City concede against Leicester after Harvey Barnes feeds Jamie Vardy with a through ball into space

That mostly derives from how City defend. The team are proactive without the ball and press as a unit high up the field, but that tends to afford plenty of space to be exploited in behind.

A shot for the opposition is usually a 1v1 with Ederson, and Vardy is arguably the league’s best at exploiting those circumstances considering his speed, with an example pictured below from when the two sides last met at the Etihad.

Vardy scores after facing Ederson in a 1v1 at the Etihad
Vardy scores after facing Ederson in a 1v1 at the Etihad

Overall, Vardy's general efficiency and the threat that he poses will be recognised as a concern by Guardiola.

The outcome of Sunday's clash remains to be seen, but it's likely that any positive result for the away side will stem from the 33-year-old's performance and whether he's allowed to impact the match.