Manchester City welcome Leeds United to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in search of a seventh consecutive Premier League victory. Manchester City are currently at the top of the Premier League table while Leeds occupy the 15th position.
Manchester City have been in fantastic form this season, and they are presently in first place in the Premier League. The Cityzens beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 in their previous match and will be looking to improve on that performance this week.
Bernardo Silva has been in top form for Manchester City and has scored five goals in his last six games for the Cityzens. The above visual is an overview of his performances in the last six games. Silva has a high pass accuracy rate in each game and performs several attacking actions in the final third. He has attempted an average of 8.703 attacking actions per 90 minutes and has been able to complete 46.67% of these actions.
The Cityzens’ defensive resilience has seen them become a major contender for the Premier League crown. City have the lowest expected goal value against them and have an xG of 0.643 against them per 90 minutes. Both Chelsea and Liverpool have conceded several unnecessary goals while City have only conceded nine in the season. Manchester City have kept nine clean sheets so far in 16 Premier League games and will be looking to maintain their impressive defensive record.
Leeds United, on the other hand, are in 15th place in the league table at the moment and have not been at their best this season. Marcelo Bielsa’s side suffered a 3-2 defeat against Chelsea over the weekend and will need to work hard to bounce back in this fixture.
Manchester City will play more attacking football and will try to score the first goal. Leeds United can take advantage of this and attack the Spurs goal on the break. Leeds have attempted the most counterattacks in the league and have an average of 3.97 counterattacks per 90 minutes. With great pace in their front line, they can move from one end of the pitch to the other in no time and can cause problems to City’s defense.
Leeds have had their fair share of problems at the back because of injuries to their defenders. But despite this, Leeds have won the most number of defensive duels in the league. This indicates that they can be successful while defending as they press their opponents higher up the pitch and can win back possession of the ball. Leeds have won an average of 48.62 duels per 90 minutes.
Manchester City are in excellent form at the moment and have one of the best squads in the Premier League. With Liverpool and Chelsea hot on their heels, Pep Guardiola’s charges will need to work hard to defend their Premier League crown this season.
Manchester City predicted starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.
Leeds United predicted starting lineup:
Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Llorente, Firpo; Shackleton, Forshaw; Raphinha, Harrison, James; Roberts.