Premier League champions elect, Manchester City host Leeds United on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s team are coming off of a 2-1 win versus Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg. The win came in the dying minutes of the game as Phil Foden got the winner. Still, Manchester City have a lot to do to progress to the semifinals. Leeds United will hope Manchester City have one eye on the Champions League quarterfinal second leg when they arrive at the Etihad on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team go into the round 31 fixture in 11th place. They are winners of their last two games and are the most fun team to watch for neutrals in this season’s Premier League. Leeds United defeated Sheffield United 2-1 in a Yorkshire Derby last time out. Bielsa will hope his side can continue their winning ways and move into the top nine with a victory and results going their way elsewhere.
Leeds United earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Manchester City at Elland Road in October. The Whites were brilliant in defence and got a timely goal to get the draw. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the first half but Leeds United’s Rodrigo Moreno equalised midway through the second period to snatch a draw for Leeds United.
Manchester City have won three straight Premier League matches. They conceded two goals during that three-game span while keeping two wins to nil. Can the Cityzens keep their winning streak going this weekend versus Leeds United?
Manchester City vs Leeds United Betting Odds
Guardiola’s team currently tops the Premier League form table. Manchester City took 15 points from the last 18 on offer in the league. They scored 16 times while conceding six goals to opponents. Leeds United, on the other hand, are on a two-match winning streak in the division. They took 10 points from their last 18 available, scoring seven goals and conceding five times.
Leeds United have struggled at times on the defensive end in the Premier League. They have allowed 48 goals to opponents, the fifth-most in the league, while scoring 47 times – which is the sixth-most goals in the division. Leading sportsbooks have Leeds United at odds of 11/1 to win on the road versus the Cityzens. Leeds United lost three of their last four games away from Elland Road in the Premier League.
Manchester City are at odds of 3/11 to win at home versus Leeds United and move closer to the Premier League title. They have the league’s best home points total with 38 points coming from 48 available at the Etihad Stadium. Five of the last six league games played by Manchester City at home ended in wins.
The teams are at odds of 27/5 to draw for the second time this season. Leeds United have drawn the second-fewest games this term with just three of 30 ending in stalemates.
Manchester City vs Leeds United Team News
Guardiola once again has no new injuries. The Manchester City manager will have a full-strength squad to select players from for the match. He is likely to rotate the side to keep the team fresh for Borussia Dortmund away in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg. Borussia Dortmund got a key away goal and could go through with a 1-0 win versus Manchester City in the second leg. Guardiola will want his strongest squad available with the Premier League nearly wrapped up.
The Premier League title is nearly Manchester City’s once more. The Cityzens need 11 more points to win the title. Four wins will give it to them, if Manchester United continue to win all of their games. Manchester City can win the league on May 8 if Manchester United also continue to win. The title can be won against Chelsea this season – ironically, it was Chelsea that defeated Manchester City last season to give Liverpool the title.
Bielsa won’t be able to call upon key forward Jack Harrison, who is banned from playing against his parent club. Adam Forshaw is ruled out through injury. Otherwise, Bielsa has a full-strength squad to select from.
Manchester City vs Leeds United Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 10/11 - BET NOW
The game between Manchester City and Leeds United played at Elland Road in October saw both teams find the back of the net. The Whites battled back from a goal down to earn the draw. The teams could see a similar close contest on Saturday. Four of Manchester City’s last six league games saw them concede goals.
Phil Foden to score anytime @ 8/5 - BET NOW
Foden got the game-winning goal against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. It was a fortunate goal as the Yellow and Black switched off and there was an argument that Ilkay Gundogan was initially offside before making the pass to Foden. Foden has 12 goals in 39 games in all competitions this season. Six of those goals have come in the league. He hasn’t scored in four straight league matches and could break his drought this weekend.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 47/100 - BET NOW
Manchester City are scoring goals once more in the league. Four of their last six games in the league ended with over 2.5 goals scored. They also saw over 2.5 goals scored against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Leeds United played out back-to-back games in the league with over 2.5 goals being scored. They are guilty of conceding too many goals, but thanks to the goalscoring of Patrick Bamford, Leeds United have positioned themselves in midtable.
Leeds United should once again trouble Manchester City in league play. With the Cityzens’ minds on the Champions League quarterfinals against Borussia Dortmund, they can afford to slip up. The league title is nearly theirs.
Saturday’s game at the Etihad Stadium should be a close affair between the sides. The outcome could depend on the fatigue in the Manchester City team following their Champions League quarterfinal first leg win versus Borussia Dortmund.
Man City vs Leeds Tips
Here are our Man City vs Leeds tips for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 10/11
2. Phil Foden to score anytime @ 8/5
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 47/100
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