Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Leeds United and Manchester City, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Manchester CityThe quest to dethrone Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table resumes on Wednesday as the champions clash Leeds United at Elland Road.
Pep GuardiolaAt the time of writing, the team is five points adrift of the top-flight Gunners, while Los Blancos went into the World Cup break in 15th place with a casual 15 points.
Leeds star Crysencio Summerville exhausted his powers in stoppage time just before domestic football was interrupted for the World Cup, as the Dutchman grabbed last-minute winners against Liverpool and Bournemouth earlier. Jesse MarchThe side lost again.
An EFL Cup exit at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers preceded another seven-goal thriller for Leeds, although they came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline against Tottenham Hotspur on 12 November for leaving them hanging just two spots above the drop zone. in 15th place.
So results away from Leeds this week could see them slip below the points line before the New Year, but Marsch’s side can feel satisfied with their form in the period winter friendlies, recording 2-1 successes against Elche and Real Sociedad before leaving. by 4-2 against Monaco.
While scoring in seven of their last eight competitive and non-competitive games can be seen as a positive, failing to keep a single clean sheet in 11 games in a row, and just five of the hosts’ 17 Premier League games at Elland Road . this calendar year they ended with victory.
Since beating Arsenal in 1999, Leeds have failed to overcome the reigning English champions at home, and former Red Bull Salzburg manager Marsch will be all too aware of the indomitable powers of Man City’s star striker, born in Yorkshire.
The Leeds-born man now aims to dampen the festive cheer around Elland Road when he returns to West Yorkshire – and a well-rested person. Erling Braut Haaland he will not think about the sentimental value of a meeting with the club whose colors his father proudly wore.
It took the brilliant Scandinavian 10 minutes to get back to scoring form in Man City’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool last week, where they scored more goals than Riyad Mahrez i Nathan Ake canceled strikes of Fabio Carvalho i Mohamed Salah to see how Guardiola’s men progressed to the round of 16 thanks to a 3-2 win.
As pleasing as it would be to add another EFL Cup to this packed section of the cabinet, Man City have some serious work to do in usurping Premier League leaders Arsenal, which would extend their lead over the champions lead by up to eight points if they do. beat West Ham United on Christmas Day.
Some of the Etihad faithful may still have Ivan Tony-thematic nightmares after Brentford’s remarkable late win at the Etihad just before the World Cup break, but the traveling contingent can breathe a sigh of relief knowing their side have conceded just one goal in their last six away games in all the competitions
Leeds impressively prevented Man City from winning either of their two games in the 2020-21 Premier League season, but the champions edged the Whites by 11 points last season, securing an Etihad success 7-0 before recording a 4-0 triumph at Elland Road just eight months ago.
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Leeds doctors have been working overtime as they aim to recover many players from Marsch, who is out of suspension. Tyler Adams as well as victims of long-term injuries Stuart Dallas i Archie Graywhile Luis Sinisterra won’t make the cut either.
Goalkeeper of first choice Meslier in the evening he is recovering from glandular fever and is one of the many doubts on the side Patrick BamfordCrysencio Summerville, Rodrigo, Liam Cooper, Jack Harrison i Mateusz Klichalthough the latter is apparently close to a move to MLS side DC United.
Bamford is thought to be the least likely Leeds injury doubt to be fit for Wednesday, where the Norwegian Kristoffer Klaesson he will only make his second Premier League appearance in goal if Meslier is not ready to return.
While Yorkshire-born Haaland will return to his home turf, Calvin Phillips he won’t, with Guardiola bluntly admitting that the former Leeds midfielder – who recently recovered from shoulder surgery – is back from World Cup overweight and will not yet be considered for selection.
Portuguese central Ruben Dias He could also be out for up to a month after picking up a hamstring injury in A Selecao’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to Morocco, while Argentina is a four-goal hero. Julian Alvarez he may not be back until the New Year after his exploits in Qatar.
Other World Cup representatives like now Ederson, Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo i Bernard Silva should return to Man City’s starting line-up, while Phil Foot i Jack Grealish will fight to start on the left before Alvarez reclaims regular minutes.
Leeds United possible starting line-up:
Klaesson; Kristensen, Cooper, Koch, Struijk; Rock, Forshaw; Aaronson, Rodrigo, Harrison; Gelhardt
Manchester City possible starting line-up:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Akanji, Cancel; Gundogan, Rodriguez, De Bruyne; B. Silver, Haaland, Foden
We say: Leeds United 0-4 Manchester City
While Marsch is confident most of his injury doubts will be able to play on Wednesday, facing a Man City side full of renewed international players is surely only one result.
Guardiola’s side were in their usual relentless mood against Liverpool and should have no trouble scoring a few goals past a leaky Leeds defence, especially with the perennially brilliant Haaland, to put a marker in his former hometown.
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