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

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Manchester City vs Leeds United match preview

Can Sam Allardyce be the man to end Manchester City’s winning streak?

On Tuesday, Leeds confirmed that they had sacked Javi Gracia, after just 12 games in charge, with Big Sam appointed to save them from relegation.

Leeds will be the ninth different Premier League club Allardyce has managed, after Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and West Brom.

The reason for his arrival is the Whites’ horrendous form, yielding just one point from their last five games.

Sunday’s 4-1 drubbing at Bournemouth meant Leeds conceded 23 goals in April, the most any club have ever shipped in a single month, breaking their own record of 20 set in February last year.

Despite all of this, Allardyce takes over a team who aren’t actually in the relegation zone, kicking off above Nottingham Forest on goal difference, and a point clear of Everton.

Allardyce first game back certainly could not be tougher, as he attempts to end Manchester City’s 19-match unbeaten run.

On Wednesday night, second half goals from Nathan Aké, Erling Braut Håland, who else, and Phil Foden saw the Citizens swat aside West Ham.

That made it nine consecutive Premier League victories for Pep Guardiola’s team, who kick off one point clear of Arsenal, with a game in hand.

The Citizens will be at the Bernabéu on Tuesday, but must not look beyond a, potentially, rejuvenated Leeds.

Two seasons ago, Leeds, with only ten-men, won 2-1 at the Etihad before, last time they visited, getting smacked 7-0.

A repeat of the latter seems far more likely.

Manchester City team news

Erling Braut Håland bagged his 51st goal of the season on Wednesday, chasing down Dixie Dean’s English top-flight record of 63 set in 1927/28.

The Norwegian striker is the first player to score 35+ goals in a top division since since Southampton’s Ron Davies, who bagged 37 in 1966/67.

Pep Guardiola rotated his goalkeeper in mid-week, with Stefan Ortega making his Premier League debut, but Ederson will surely return here.

Fit again Nathan Aké returned to defence against West Ham, while Kevin De Bruyne has missed Man City’s last two games due to illness, but is expected to feature this time.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Akanji, Stones, Rúben Dias, Aké; Rodri, Maḥrez, Silva, Álvarez, Grealish; Håland.

Leeds United team news

It’ll be fascinating to see how Sam Allardyce deploys this Leeds team, given that the squad was built for Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch’s high-energy, pressing style.

For this particular match, a back five seems likely doesn’t it?

This’ll see Maximilian Wöber and Pascal Struijk return to defence, with Liam Cooper a doubt having hobbled off at Bournemouth.

Georginio Rutter has started just one Premier League game since arriving from Hoffenheim in January, but that could change under Big Sam.

Predicted XI (5-4-1): Meslier; Ayling, Kristensen, Koch, Wöber, Struijk; McKennie, Roca, Aaronson, Harrison; Rutter.

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