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Match Preview: Leeds United Host Pep Guardiola’s Man City

Leeds United’s dream start to the Premier League could see a bump on Saturday when they welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Elland Road. Though the Cityzens remain the favourites on paper, the battle of the masterminds sitting at both ends – Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa and Manchester City’s  Pep Guardiola – will be the game’s biggest attraction. Leeds United have played Manchester City 51 times, winning 24 times, and drawing seven matches.

 

LEEDS UNITED

After announcing their arrival on the big stage by giving Liverpool the scare of their life in the first Premier League gameweek, Leeds United have comfortably seen off Fulham and Sheffield United to sit seventh in the league table with seven points. Their attractive brand of football has been an instant hit amongst the neutrals across the globe, who are now throwing their weight behind them to pull off an upset on Saturday.

 

MANCHESTER CITY

Big boys Manchester City, on the other hand, have not been at their very best since their UEFA Champions League exit last season. After a comprehensive win over Wolves in their season opener, which started in gameweek two owing to their delayed UCL commitments last season, Pep Guardiola’s side was shell shocked by a vibrant Leicester City side who won 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium. City, however, have bounced back instantly with a 3-0 win against Burnley in the EFL Cup Round-of-16.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UP

Leeds United (3-5-2): Illan Meslier: Robin Koch, Liam Cooper (C), Luke Ayling; Ezgjan Alioski, Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas, Helder Costa; Tyler Roberts, Patrick Bamford

Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake, Kyle Walker; Rodri, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne (C), Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez; Raheem Sterling

 

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