Leeds vs. Manchester City: Guardiola’s Charges Continue to Fight on Two Fronts

April 28, 2022
Benson Chikezie

English Premier League 2021/2022
Matchday 35
Elland Road, Leeds

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The pressure to deliver meaningful silverware is on Manchester City and the mercurial Pep Guardiola. The Premier League champions have another fight on their hands as they travel to Leeds. Elland Road Stadium will host the spectacle as Leeds take on Manchester City on April 30, 22:00 IST.

City have a return leg at Santiago Bernabeu to worry about after thrice giving up a two-goal margin on Tuesday to defeat Real Madrid by four goals to three. Leeds United are barely five points above the drop zone and will be desperate to get a meaningful result at home, with Burnley looking set to leapfrog them.

Teams Status

We bring you the latest performance and team news from Elland Road and the Etihad Stadium:

Leeds United Form and Team News

Leeds United will be desperate for a victory as they are only six points away from the famous 40-point safety benchmark, and their recent performances suggest safety is achievable. They have not lost in their last five premier league matches, winning three and drawing two, although those games have come against sides in the bottom half of the table.

They sit in 16th place, having managed only eight wins all season, with ten draws and 15 losses. Their poor defensive plays represent their major struggles this season, shipping 68 goals in 33 matches, only one less than Norwich, who are almost certain of relegation. They have a genuine goal threat in Raphinha, who has scored ten goals and provided three assists.

Leeds may not be able to field Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts, and Adam Forshaw for Manchester City’s visit as they are currently injured.

Manchester City Form and Team News

After a thrilling 4-3 victory over Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, Kevin de Bruyne and Co. return to Premier League action against Leeds as they look to defend their title successfully. A 5-1 win at Watford reminded football fans of the brilliance of this team, and although they have had struggles lately, they are managing the business end of the season well.

With 25 wins, five draws, and three losses in 33 games, City have scored 80 goals and conceded only 21, the second-best and best haul in the league, respectively. Forwards Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, and Ilkay Gundogan have 61 goals between them, making certain that City have not suffered for lacking a conventional striker.

Kyle Walker is the only player on the sidelines for the Blues, and he may not be a part of the trip to Elland Road.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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On the sportsbook at Sportsbet.io, the odds for a Leeds United win are placed at 8.80, a draw is at 5.90, and Manchester City to win is placed at 1.30 odds. The sportsbooks at Melbet and Paripesa also favor Manchester City’s victory at 1.344 odds, respectively. A draw outcome is available at 6.0 odds on the two sportsbooks, and the odds for Leeds United to win are 9.5 on both sportsbooks.

Tipster’s Angle

Manchester City have an excellent away record, losing only once, a loss that came against Tottenham on the opening day of the season. They put seven past Leeds United when both sides met earlier in the season. 

With Leeds conceding in their last seven home games, it may be a question of how many goals Manchester City may end up scoring, and not if they would lose this fixture. Here are our thoughts on this match:

Tip: Manchester City to Win @ 1.31

Manchester City have not lost an away match since the first day of the league, winning 12 and recording three draws. They have also gone on to win their last 11 league games in which they scored first, and with key players like Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus in fine form, we are tipping the Citizens to win this match. The odds for a City win are placed at 1.31 on the Parimatch sportsbook.

Tip: Goal in Both Halves @ 1.47

Manchester City have been in fine goalscoring form, with 14 in their last four matches. Leeds are also finding form as the season approaches its end, and we might have another goal fest on our hands this weekend. The outcome— a goal in both halves is available— is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.47 odds.


City are desperate to claim another Premier League title and, after their heroics in midweek, will be perfectly motivated to end this week on a high note. We expect a wonderful football performance from both teams.

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