Leeds United vs Manchester City Match Analysis & Prediction
28/12/2022 11:00 pm
Manchester City will resume their mission to dethrone Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Wednesday.
The Citizens are currently eight points adrift of the Gunners at the time of writing, while the Whites entered the World Cup break in 15th on 15 points.
An EFL Cup exit against Wolverhampton Wanderers preceded another seven-goal thriller for Leeds, although they came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on November 12 to leave them sitted just two places above the relegation zone.
Should Leeds lose this week, then they could fall below the dotted line ahead of the New Year, but the Whites can feel satisfied with their form in the winter friendly period, claiming 2-1 victories over Elche and Real Sociedad before losing 4-2 to Monaco.
While scoring in seven of their last eight competitive and non-competitive matches can be viewed in a positive light, failing to keep a single clean sheet in 11 successive games cannot, and just five of Leeds’ 17 Premier League contest at Elland Road this calender year have ended in victory.
It took Erling Braut Haaland all of 10 minutes to return to his scoring ways in Manchester City’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool last week, where further goals from Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Ake cancelled out strikes from Fabio Carvalho and Mohamed Salah to see the Citizens progress to the last eight through a 3-2 victory.
However, Manchester City have serious work to do when it comes to usurping Premier League leaders Arsenal, who have increased their lead over the champions at the top to eight points after beating West Ham United on Boxing Day.
Leeds remarkably prevented Manchester City from winning either of their two meetins in the 2020-21 Premier Lague season, but Pep Guardiola’s side put a whopping 11 past the Whites last season, storming to a 7-0 Etihad victory before claiming a 4-0 win at Elland Road just eight months ago.
Leeds United vs. Manchester City Head to head
In the previous 85 meetings between these two teams, Leeds United have claimed 34 victories while Manchester City have won 38, and they have drawn in 13. Manchester City have scored 139 goals and conceded 111 in the process.
17/02/2013Manchester City4Leeds United0FA Cup
03/10/2020Leeds United1Manchester City1Premier League
10/04/2021Manchester City1Leeds United2Premier League
14/12/2021Manchester City7Leeds United0Premier League
30/04/2022Leeds United0Manchester City4Premier League
Leeds United Team News
Leeds manager Marsch is without the suspended Tyler Adams, as well as long-term injury victims Archie Gray and Stuart Dallas, while Luis Sinisterra will not make the cut either.
First-choice goalkeeper Illan Meslier is recovering from glandular fever and is one of a number of doubts Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich.
Leeds United's Last 5 Matches
09/11/2022Wolverhampton Wanderers1Leeds United0EFL Cup
12/11/2022Tottenham Hotspur4Leeds United3Premier League
08/12/2022Elche1Leeds United2Club Friendlies
16/12/2022Leeds United2Real Sociedad1Club Friendlies
21/12/2022Leeds United2Monaco4Club Friendlies
Manchester City Team News
Ruben Dias could be out for up to a month after sustaining a hamstring injury in Portugal’s World Cup quarter-final loss to Morocco.
Other World Cup representatives like Joao Cancelo, Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker ought to make their returns to the starting lineup for Manchester City on Wednesday.
Manchester City's Last 5 Matches
05/11/2022Manchester City2Fulham1Premier League
09/11/2022Manchester City2Chelsea0EFL Cup
12/11/2022Manchester City1Brentford2Premier League
17/12/2022Manchester City2Girona0Club Friendlies
22/12/2022Manchester City3Liverpool2EFL Cup
Leeds United vs. Manchester City: Odds and Predictions
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