Manchester City travel to Elland Road unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games. Leeds United are also in fine form, unbeaten in their last five games with two wins and three draws. They are now five points clear of the drop zone, having seen a new manager rebound under United States boss Jesse Marsch.
Speaking of Marsch, don’t ask him Ted Lasso-related questions just because he’s American. Don’t be stupid, British media. Do your work! Now let’s move on to City’s first-team prediction.
Manchester City at Leeds United FYI
Kick-off: 5:30 p.m. local time Saturday, April 30
News from the city team: go here
TV channel: NBC
PL position: Manchester City 1st, 80 pts Leeds United 16th, 34 pts
PL Form Guide: Manchester City WWDWD Leeds United DWDWW
Probability of Google result: Manchester City 74% Leeds United 10% Draw 16%
The back line is self-selecting given the fitness issues the team currently has in that position group. When it comes to midfield and attack, Pep Guardiola has a ton of options so there’s really no wrong answer here. Have fun in the comments section with that one.
Manchester City starting XI prediction at Leeds United
Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne; Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
Fearless prediction: Manchester City 3, Leeds United 0
Pep drives City in cruise control for this one because they’ll take care of business easily
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