Leeds vs Man City: Premier League prediction, TV channel, live stream, team news, time, h2h, odds. Manchester City are looking to go into the international break on the back of a much-needed win, but face a fearless Leeds side at Elland Road this afternoon.
City have won one and lost one of their opening two Premier League fixtures, with the defeat to Leicester last weekend exposing their injury problems and defensive weaknesses. Since then, though, Pep Guardiola has been boosted by the return of Aymeric Laporte and the record signing of Ruben Dias.
The win at Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday saw City return to winning ways, with Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres both scoring. The likes of Phil Foden, Nathan Ake, Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker all got at least some rest in that midweek game, which also saw Bernardo Silva return from injury.
The game also sees Guardiola come up against Marcelo Bielsa, who he described as the person in football he has the most respect for in his pre-match press conference.
Manchester City will look to get back on track against Premier League new boys Leeds United in a tricky trip to Elland Road this evening.
After claiming an impressive win against Wolves at Molineux in their season opener, City succumbed to a humiliating 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester last weekend.
Leeds, on the other hand, are sitting pretty in seventh having won two games from three, their only defeat coming away at Liverpool on the opening day.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side come in with nothing to lose, while defeat for City could leave Pep Guardiola’s side nine points behind Liverpool come Sunday.
Date, time and venue
Leeds United vs Manchester City is scheduled for a 5:30pm BST kick-off today.
This match will be played behind closed doors at Elland Road with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV
Pep Guardiola has confirmed club-record signing Ruben Dias is in contention to make his debut against Leeds.
The Spaniard believes the centre-back could finally fill the void left by Vincent Kompany, but with little time to prepare, alongside Aymeric Laporte’s return, it could be the Frenchman who starts next to Nathan Ake.
Elsewhere, both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus remain sidelined, while defenders Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are also out.
John Stones is also a doubt, and though Ilkay Gundogan has returned to training following his positive coronavirus test, he won’t be involved.
As for Leeds, Ezgjan Alioski could be handed his first Premier League start with on-loan winger Jack Harrison unable to face his parent club.
Record signing Diego Llorente is expected to be in the squad, but Pablo Hernandez remains out with a groin injury.
Prediction: Leeds United 1-3 Manchester City
It’s fair to say you never know quite what you’re going to get with Manchester City and Sunday’s collapse against Leicester will have concerned Pep Guardiola.
And with both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus out injured, Leeds are certainly in with a chance.
However, particularly after their Leicester defeat, City will have a point to prove and I expect them to claim the three points.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Manchester City and Leeds United are certainly no strangers, with the pair meeting 106 times previously.
It’s the away side who come in with the slightly better record, having won 45 matches, as opposed to Leeds’ 42, alongside 17 draws.
The last time the pair met was in 2013 when City won 4-0 in the FA Cup. They last played in the Premier League in March 2004, shortly before Leeds were relegated.