2021-22 Premier League: Week 17 – Manchester City vs Leeds

Manchester City welcome Leeds United to the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s Citizens seek to retain top spot. 

Victory would see Man City stay top for a third consecutive matchweek, whereas a win would see Leeds climb as high as 12th depending on their winning goal margin.

 

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Joao Cancelo is suspended for Man City after picking up his fifth booking of the season in Saturday’s win over Wolves.

Ilkay Gundogan (back) is a doubt but Ferran Torres (foot), Liam Delap (ankle) and Benjamin Mendy (personal) are still ruled out.

Leeds will be without Pascal Struijk due to a foot injury.

Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford (all hamstring), Rodrigo (heel) and Robin Koch (illness) remain ruled out.

Junior Firpo, Diego Llorente, Jamie Shackleton, Raphinha and Tyler Roberts are all just one booking away from an one-match ban, which could lead Marcelo Bielsa to rest at least some if not all five players.

 

Stat Attack

  • Man City have won just one of their last five Premier League meetings against Leeds (W1, D2, L2).
  • Leeds have lost just one of their last six away league visits to Man City (W2, D4, L1).
  • The away team took the lead in both meetings last season between Man City and Leeds.
  • One of Raheem Sterling’s four league goals this season came from the penalty spot.
  • No Premier League player has been utilised as a substitute on more occasions this season than Leeds’ Tyler Roberts, who was subbed on in 12 of his 16 league appearances.

 

Prediction

Man City were certainly made for their win against Wolves on Saturday because they were excellent throughout, yet wasted chances through impatient finishing despite defending well when under pressure.

Leeds meanwhile will feel hard done by after a controversial late penalty defeat at Chelsea but defensive errors were simply their downfall, although they can take heart from their excellent pressing and movement on the attack and channel that energy here.

This game though surely is City’s to lose given their form but if Leeds play like they did on Saturday and can reduce their defensive mistakes, a draw certainly could be on the cards but City just seem to have hit their dangerous stride now.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Leeds

Result: Manchester City 7-0 Leeds

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