Leeds Utd v Man City - MATCH THREAD
01 Oct 2020 08:31 am, by Ellandback1
Leeds Utd v Manchester City
Saturday 3rd October 2020 17:30 | Elland Road | Live on Sky Sports Main Event
Leeds participate in their first 'War of the Roses' (in the league) for 16 years as they entertain the blue side of Manchester for what promises to be an explosive affair, Saturday tea-time at Elland Road. Still outraged from their 5-2 thumping against Leicester, City boss Pep Guardiola will be 100 percent focused on three points, even if it is against his old friend and mentor Marcelo Bielsa. To make matters worse Pep faces an injury crisis.
Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Sergio Aguero are all ruled out whilst Ilkay Gundogan, Aleks Zinchenko and John Stones face late fitness tests. Leeds will be without in-form winger Jack Harrison as Premier League rules state you can't play against your parent club in the top tier. However, if the sides faced each other in the FA Cup, the 23 year old would have been allowed as they have a different set of rules! Ezgjan Alioski is set to come in to replace Harrison.
With Pablo Hernandez injured for another week Bielsa's bug question in the No 10 role is Roberts or Rodrigo. Despite the Spanish international's good second half performance against Sheffield United it's Roberts who gets the nod again. There were rumours ahead of the game that Liam Cooper was injured, but those look to be unfounded as he takes his place in the starting eleven alongside Robin Koch. Diego Llorente will have to wait for his first start as he makes the bench. Some had thought Bielsa's latest signing may slot into a back three but it is not to be.
This is the first competitive meeting between the teams since 2013, when City won 4-0 at home in an FA Cup tie. The most recent encounter at Elland Road ended 2-1 to Leeds in the Premier League in March 2004. Manchester City have beaten Leeds in only two of the seven Premier League away fixtures, losing five times. The Whites have won 14 of their past 17 league matches, keeping clean sheets in 11 of those victories. The eight goals scored by Leeds equals the record for a promoted side after three games, last set by Bolton Wanderers in 2001.
Manchester City could lose successive league fixtures for the first time since December 2018. They have won three successive Premier League away matches, by an aggregate score of 12-1. City's solitary defeat in their past 31 top-flight meetings with promoted teams came at Norwich in September last year. They let in five goals against Leicester last time out, matching the total tally they had conceded in the previous 11 league games. It was the first time a Pep Guardiola team had conceded five times - in his 686th match as a manager - and the first time in 12 years that City had let in five goals.
Leeds United Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Klich, Roberts, Alioski, Bamford
Leeds Subs: Caprile, Llorente, Struijk, Shackleton, Davis, Poveda, Rodrigo