Man City were riding high in the Champions League on Tuesday, beating Real Madrid 4-3 in the first leg of their semi-final, but they will have to quickly push that to the back of their minds as their Premier League title quest returns. The defending champions go into the weekend still one point clear of second-placed Liverpool but by the time this game kicks off, they could trail the Reds by two – as they play in Saturday’s lunchtime match.
But Man City have been in this position before, just over a week ago in fact, as they faced Brighton after Liverpool beat Manchester United – pulling out an ultimately comfortable 3-0 win over the Seagulls. It was a continuation of Man City’s form, with Pep Guardiola’s side unbeaten in their past seven Premier League matches since losing to Tottenham Hotspur in February, a run that includes what could be a title-winning 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
They face a Leeds side still fighting against relegation though, and one that have been quietly improving under Jesse Marsch. The American had big shoes to fill in replacing Marcelo Bielsa and didn’t get off to a good start, losing his opening two matches to Leicester and Aston Villa. But he has bounced back to go unbeaten in his past five matches.
Three of those five matches have ended in victories, including big wins over relegation rivals Norwich and Watford, made even more impressive by the fact that Marsch has been trying to fight the drop while bringing in a new system. They are now five points clear of the relegation zone, but aren’t completely safe with 18th-placed Everton having a game in hand.
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Leeds vs Man City match stats
It’s hard to predict a Man City side especially when they have their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday, but whether he starts or comes on from the bench, you can expect Kevin De Bruyne to make his mark. The Belgian has been directly involved in eight goals in his past six Premier League appearances, scoring four and assisting four.
Man City remain unbeaten away from home in the Premier League since their opening weekend loss at Tottenham Hotspur, winning 12 and drawing three. Guardiola’s side have the best away record in the division this season, taking more points than any other side.
14 December 2021 – Man City 7-0 Leeds – Premier League
10 April 2021 – Man City 1-2 Leeds – Premier League
3 October 2020 – Leeds 1-1 Man City – Premier League
17 February 2013 – Man City 4-0 Leeds – FA Cup
22 March 2004 – Leeds 2-1 Man City – Premier League
Man City’s 7-0 win in December will still haunt Leeds fans, but the Whites do have a good recent home record in this fixture. Leeds are unbeaten in their past three home matches against Man City, with their last defeat coming back in September 2000. In fact, Leeds have lost just two of their last nine home league games against Man City with six victories.
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