On Saturday, October 3, Leeds will host the vice-champion of the country, Manchester City – we have prepared a forecast for this match.
Leeds have already shown their best side in this championship. Despite a difficult calendar, Marcelo Bielsa’s men earned six points in three matches, ending up in seventh position before the fourth round.
Moreover, the “peacocks” stand out not even so much in the results as in the style of play. Leeds play boldly and boldly, unafraid of the favorites. In the first round, Bielsa’s charges fought against Liverpool, who won only through a penalty in the last minutes (4: 3). In the second round, Leeds beat Fulham (4: 3), and in the third, they defeated the uncompromising Sheffield United (1: 0). Against this background, only the defeat to Hull City in the English League Cup on penalties stands out disadvantageously. The main time ended with the score (1: 1).
Leeds have not lost ten official matches at home in a row. And at the end of the last season, the “peacocks” in their field even stopped conceding. However, in the Premier League, the team’s defense looks somewhat disorderly.
Kiko Casilla, Adam Forshaw and Pablo Hernandez are in the Leeds infirmary. Also, Jack Harrison on loan from Manchester City will not play in this match.
Manchester City was mowed down by an epidemic of injuries. Josep Guardiola’s team had an ambiguous start in the new championship, but made it to the League Cup quarterfinals. In the Premier League, the Citizens started from the second round, in which they defeated Wolverhampton on the road (3: 1), and already in the third round, the MC suffered a crushing defeat from Leicester (2: 5). This was the first time in Josep Guardiola’s career that his team conceded five goals. Manchester City have not conceded that many at home in 438 league games. However, in the League Cup, the Citizens beat Bournemouth (2: 1), and in the 1/8 finals defeated Burnley (3: 0).
On the road to the Premier League, Manchester City occasionally lose. In particular, in the six previous away matches in the Premier League, the “citizens” suffered three defeats. They were inflicted on Guardiola’s team by Chelsea (2: 1), Southampton (1: 0) and Manchester United (2: 0). After that, the MC defeated Brighton (5: 0), Watford (4: 0) and defeated Wolverhampton (3: 1).
Manchester City’s two main attackers are injured: Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Also unavailable for the match are John Stones, Alexander Zinchenko, João Kanselu and Ilkay Gundogan. However, in the attack, the “townspeople” are not so sad. Now Riyad Marez, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling are “charging” there.
Leeds’ unbeaten home streak has reached ten official matches.
In seven of these ten fights, the “peacocks” did not miss.
Manchester City have won six of their last seven Premier League games.
In four of the last five official away matches, the “townspeople” have scored more than three goals.
In seven out of ten previous away matches, Manchester City in the Premier League played a bet “both to score – no.”
In the last head-to-head matches between Manchester City and Leeds, there is no particular advantage in the townspeople: two wins each in five previous matches with one draw. However, the teams have met only once in the last 16 years. In the 2013 FA Cup, Manchester City beat Leeds 4-0.
This match looks difficult to predict. Leeds started somehow too powerfully , and Marcelo Bielsa’s men are not afraid of any favorites. Bookmakers give unconditional preference to guests. Given the recklessness of both clubs, the upcoming meeting is likely to be productive and rich in goals. The defense of both teams is far from perfect, but they play well in attack.
Our prediction – both will score 2 or more goals in 3.40 in BC 1x