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Leeds United vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds


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Match preview

Having dropped all the way down to third on Boxing Day, will Manchester City close the gap on leaders Arsenal?

In their last league outing, 46 days ago, Pep Guardiola’s side were, against all odds, beaten 2-1 by Brentford at the Etihad.

This means the Citizens currently find themselves eight points adrift Arsenal at the top, albeit with this game in hand.

Six night ago, in their first game post-World Cup fixture, Man City were at their free-flowing best, ousting Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.

Erling Braut Håland took less than ten minutes to score, before Riyāḍ Maḥrez and Nathan Aké both netted in a 3-2 victory.

Given that, between 5 January and 4 February, Man City face Chelsea, Man United and Tottenham twice, they will not want to falter here.

As for Leeds United, their last four matches produced a ridiculous 22 goals, a ratio that could increase here.

Jesse Marsh saved his job by winning at Anfield, before a 4-3 victory over Bournemouth, in which they came from 3-1 down.

However, a week later, the Whites were on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline, beaten late on at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

This leaves Leeds 15th, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Manchester City won both meetings with Leeds last season, 7-0 and 4-0, with this trend set to continue at Elland Road.

Leeds United team news

Tyler Adams is serving a one-match suspension here, after being sent off against Spurs.

So, Robin Koch could be moved into midfield, alongside Marc Roca, with Diego Llorente coming in at the back.

Just before the break, Crysencio Summerville was on fire, netting in four successive games, including a last-gasp winner at Anfield.

Fellow youngster Wilfried Gnonto could start on the other flank, although Luis Sinisterra is fit again.

Rodrigo has already scored nine times this season, so can he add to that tally?

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Kristensen, Llorente, Cooper, Struijk; Koch, Roca, Gnonto, Aaronson, Summerville; Rodrigo.

Manchester City team news

Erling Braut Håland will start in the city of his birth, against the club his dad made 87 appearances for.

Håland has already scored 24 goals for Man City this season, after breaking the deadlock against Liverpool last Thursday.

Meanwhile, the World Cup participants who didn’t feature in that match will return here, namely Ederson, Kyle Walker, João Cancelo and John Stones.

After winning the tournament with Argentina, Julián Álvarez is still on holiday.

According to Pep Guardiola, Kalvin Phillips came back from Qatar ‘overweight’, so is unlikely to face his former club.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündoğan, De Bruyne, Maḥrez, Foden; Håland.

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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