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Manchester City will be hosting visitors Leeds United at Etihad Stadium in this Premier League match on Saturday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Manchester City v Leeds United can be seen below (inc. the best betting odds).
Manchester City, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 2-1 Champions League triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
In that game, Manchester City had 61% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For Manchester City, goals were scored by Kevin De Bruyne (19') and Phil Foden (90'). Borussia Dortmund got 7 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Marco Reus (84') scored for Borussia Dortmund.
Their more recent scorelines highlight the fact that not much more can be done by the Manchester City backline. The Citizens have been mean at the back, with the tally of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their past 6 clashes standing at 3. While that may be of interest, we’ll just have to find out whether such a trend might be replicated in this upcoming match.
Heading into this contest, Manchester City have not registered a win against Leeds United in their last 3 league games.
Leeds United come into this clash following a 2-1 Premier League win versus Sheffield United in their previous outing.
In that match, Leeds United managed 54% possession and 23 attempts on goal with 8 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Leeds United was Jack Harrison (12'). For their opponents, Sheffield United got 9 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. Ben Osborn (45') and Phil Jagielka (49' Own goal) scored for Sheffield United.
Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United have converted a total of 7 times throughout their most recent sextet of matches. The total of goals that have been scored against them during those same matches comes to 5.
Heading into this fixture, Leeds United have left without a victory over Manchester City in away games against them for the last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels stretching back to 17/08/2002, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Manchester City winning 2 of those games, Leeds United 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A combined sum of 17 goals were produced between them in these games, with 9 of them for The Citizens and 8 netted by The Whites. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.83.
The previous league encounter featuring the two was Premier League match day 4 on 03/10/2020 and the score finished Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City.
In that game, Leeds United had 52% possession and 12 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. The scorer was Rodrigo Moreno (59').
Manchester City got 23 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Raheem Sterling (17') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Mike Dean.
Team News: Manchester City
Regarding absentees, there’s just the lone fitness concern for the Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to be concerned with from an otherwise complete group of players. Philippe Sandler (Ankle Surgery) is sidelined.
Team News: Leeds United
Thanks to a largely available group, there’s just the sole fitness worry for the Leeds United gaffer Marcelo Bielsa to contend with. Adam Forshaw (Hip Injury) won’t be playing here.
Our assessment is that Manchester City will, in all likelihood, be able to create a good number of chances & successful shots on target.
At the same time, Leeds United could well find it tough to get a goal of their own but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be pulling one back during this clash.
Our selection here is for a fairly comfortable 3-1 winning margin for Manchester City at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Etihad Stadium (55,017)
Captain: Fernando Fernandinho
Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Competitions: Premier League position 1, FA Cup (Semi-Finals), EFL Cup (Final), Champions League (Quarter-Finals)
⭐ Star Player: İlkay Gündoğan
Regularly used in the Centre Midfield position, İlkay Gündoğan was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Having made a first senior appearance for Nuremberg in the 2008 - 2009 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has struck 12 league goals in the Premier League 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 23 appearances.