Leeds v Manchester City predictions: Citizens must stamp their authority | Sports News
Matt McNulty – Manchester City
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Gabiel Jesus (right) scored four in City’s last league game against Watford
Matt McNulty – Manchester City
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Patrick Bamford, Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts remain absent.
Kyle Walker and John Stones are both out, but Joao Cancelo is available after missing out on the win over Real Madrid through suspension.
Manchester City’s fate in the Premier League is in their hands and they can ensure they end the weekend they started it with a convincing win at Leeds.
The Citizens staged an attacking masterclass as they prevailed in a seven-goal thriller at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.
However, things can be less frantic at Elland Road, with Pep Guardiola’s title hunters looking anxiously over their shoulders, and a more patient approach can be taken.
Leeds have put some space between themselves and the relegation places after a five-game unbeaten streak.
But there is still work to be done before guaranteeing the Premier League’s survival and it will take more than wins over Norwich, Wolves and Watford, as well as draws with Southampton and Crystal Palace, to believe they can mix it up. with the conquering city.
The appointment of Jesse Marsch has certainly sparked a revival of fortunes for Leeds, but they offered little attacking threat in Monday’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace and will find City’s steely defense harder to break through.
The hosts are unlikely to endure a repeat of the 7-0 cover-up they suffered at the Etihad in the final months of Marcelo Bielsa’s reign, but they still may not have much joy ahead. the goal, especially with focal point Patrick Bamford still sidelined.
Guardiola’s men have won 12 of their 16 away league matches this season and conceded just eight goals in that spell, including two in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
City have kept their sheets clean in seven of their last eight away matches in all competitions and Wednesday’s return trip to the Bernabeu could be at the forefront of their minds.
Such strength in depth means that whatever starting line-up Guardiola deploys will be strong and they should have enough reserve to cross the line with some reserve.
Not only have City been effective in sweeping the smaller lights of the Premier League, but Leeds have struggled to raise their game against the division’s top flight, losing all nine meetings with the top six sides this season.
They have conceded 38 goals in those nine losses – an average of more than four per game – and so fear perhaps the worst against City’s array of attacking stars.
A zero away win is tempting, but getting the Classy Citizens to win by at least two clear goals may be the safest investment.
Six of Manchester City’s last seven Premier League wins have been by two or more goals.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:15 PM, APRIL 29, 2022