Leeds v Man City: Predictions, odds, match preview & betting tips
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Leeds v Man City: Predictions
Manchester City will be looking for an immediate response to their 5-2 humiliation against Leicester City when they travel to Leeds United on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men were widely fancied as favourites to regain the Premier League title this season but after just two games, have already dropped their first points of the season. Add the fact that they genuinely struggled against Wolves in their opening game — despite a 3-1 victory — and you already begin to sense it might be an uphill climb to overhaul Liverpool.
It will get no easier for the Citizens against Leeds United either, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men taking six points from their first three games since being promoted back to the Premier League. The Whites also pushed reigning champions, Liverpool, all the way in their first game, losing 4-3 but earning plenty of plaudits as they displayed their attacking talents.
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Leeds v Man City: Team News
Ruben Dias could make his Manchester City derby at Elland Road after some dreadful defensive errors for Pep Guardiola’s side last week. John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko are doubts whilst strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero continue to miss out for the Citizens.
Leeds loanee Jack Harrison will be ineligible against his parent club which could leave his team a little light in the wide areas as Pablo Hernandez continues to be sidelined for the Whites. Kiko Casilla and Adam Forshaw also continue to miss out.
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Torres
Leeds v Man City: Pre-Match Stats
Despite struggling against Leicester last time out, all the signs seem to point to a Man City win here.
The Citizens have lost just one of their last 31 Premier League games against newly-promoted sides (Norwich City last season), while they haven’t suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats since December 2018. Furthermore, Guardiola is also unbeaten in his three managerial meetings with Bielsa to date, winning two and drawing the other.
Still, given how much emphasis both managers place upon attack, not to mention City’s defensive struggles, expect this to be a free-flowing affair with plenty of goals.
17 February 2013 — Manchester City 4-0 Leeds United
22 March 2004 — Leeds United 2-1 Manchester City
22 December 2003 — Manchester City 1-1 Leeds United
11 January 2003 — Manchester City 2-1 Leeds United
17 August 2002 — Leeds United 3-0 Manchester City
This is the first meeting of any description between these two sides since Manchester City’s 4-0 thrashing of Leeds in the FA Cup back in February 2013. You have to go back to 2004 for another clash between these two and the unpredictability of the results tells you all you need to know about the differing fortunes of the clubs in the time since then.