Manchester City vs Leeds Predictions
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- Manchester City are the Premier League’s top scorers this season.
- City have won 27 of their last 28 fixtures in all competitions.
- Only Southampton have conceded more league goals on the road this season than Leeds.
- Leeds have lost three of their last four away assignments.
City closing in on title
Runaway leaders Manchester City need just four more wins to clinch the Premier League title, and the Citizens can take another step towards glory with a victory against Leeds on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s trophy-hungry charges are launching an assault for silverware on four fronts this season, and their run of 27 wins from their last 28 days suggests they can land a historic quadruple.
City had to work hard to establish a Champions League quarter-final first-leg lead against Dortmund on Tuesday evening, however, with a full squad to choose from and quality to rotate, fatigue is unlikely to be an issue on Saturday.
Leeds chasing third win in a row
Leeds will make the short hop across the Pennines in good spirits following back-to-back wins over Fulham and Sheffield United, though somewhat surprisingly, that was only the third time United have won successive league games since their promotion last year.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had lost three away assignments in a row before they stopped the rot with a 2-1 win over relegation candidates Fulham at Craven Cottage – a scoreline they matched in their triumph against Sheffield United.
Key midfielder Jack Harrison grabbed an assist against the Cottagers and a goal against the Blades, however, the loanee isn’t eligible to face his parent club at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Back City’s goalscoring power
Leeds have been a breath of fresh air since their return to the Premier League, though their commitment to attacking football has regularly been punished by the division’s stronger teams.
Marcelo Bielsa’s free-wheelers conceded four goals at Liverpool, three at Chelsea, six at Manchester United, three at Tottenham Hotspur and four at Arsenal – and worryingly for Leeds Manchester City are a more formidable force than all of them.
The Citizens scored four and five goals against Wolves and Southampton respectively in their last two Premier League home assignments, and they could run up another wide-margin win against a Leeds outfit that likes to play with the brakes off.
Backing City in the over 2.5 team goals market appeals at the prices on offer with that in mind, while our 4-1 correct score prediction tips the high-class hosts to take full advantage of Leeds’ over adventurous-streak.
Manchester City injuries and team news
Pep Guardiola is expected to make several changes to the team that beat Dortmund in midweek. Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus will all hope to start against Leeds having been named on the bench on Tuesday.
Leeds United injuries and team news
Adam Forshaw is still out for Leeds, while Jack Harrison is unable to face his parent club. Helder Costa is expected to come into the XI in Harrison’s place.
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