Manchester City restart their Premier League title defence on Wednesday, as Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United. There will be an immediate pressure on City to kick on this term, as they could trail Arsenal by as many as eight points by the time they kick off.
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Manchester City could sit third by the time that they kick off at Elland Road on Wednesday, as Newcastle United could jump above the reigning champions with victory on Boxing Day. However, it’s likely that Pep Guardiola will remain calm, as City have often come back from huge deficits throughout his reign to claim Premier League glory.
Erling Haaland will be full prepared for the restart after missing out on the World Cup, but City will need to bounce back after losing two of their previous five games. The most recent of those losses came before the international break, as the champions lost 2-1 at home against Brentford.
Things are looking slightly better for Jesse Marsch and his Leeds side coming into this fixture, as they have managed to rise to 15th in the standings. That has seen the pressure on the current manager ease slightly, but this busy festive period looks integral when it comes to their chances of remaining in the Premier League.
Leeds still sit just two points above the drop zone after losing four of their previous six, but the victories recorded against Bournemouth and Liverpool will likely give them confidence. The latter proves that they are still more than capable of getting a result against the most talented teams in the Premier League.
Leeds United vs Manchester City Head to Head
Manchester City have a good record in this fixture since Leeds United’s return to the Premier League, as they have won two of the previous four. The only win for Leeds was picked up at the Etihad in April 2021. However, since then, they have lost 7-0 and 4-0 against Guardiola’s side.
Leeds United vs Manchester City Prediction
Leeds have proven to be a tricky side for the big clubs this term, but we struggle to see City making the same mistakes. Most of the club’s biggest stars will be fit enough to start at Elland Road, and we would struggle to bet against Erling Haaland getting on the scoresheet in a big win for the away side.
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