Leeds United vs Manchester City preview: Ruben Dias and Julian Alvarez miss trip to Elland Road

By Ric Turner, Wed 28 December 2022 16:26

Leeds United vs Manchester City preview: Ruben Dias and Julian Alvarez miss trip to Elland RoadPortuguese defender out for a month, whilst striker for not expected back until New Year following World Cup win

Leeds United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 28th December 2022

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds

Referee: Stuart Atwell Assistants: H Lennard, D Cann Fourth Official: M Salisbury VAR: J Gillett

Odds: Leeds 10/1, Draw 6/1, City 2/9

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Amazon Prime

Leeds United

Manager: Jesse Marsch

Squad (from): Meslier, Klaesson, Robles, Ayling, Firpo, Koch, Cooper, Llorente, Strujik, Kristensen, Hjelde, Forshaw, Aaronson, Roca, Summerville, Harrison, Gyabi, Klich, Bamford, Perkins, Rodrigo, Gnonto, Gelhardt, Greenwood

Injured: Sinisterra, Gray, Dallas

Doubtful: Bamford, Summerville, Machado, Cooper, Klich, Harrison, Meslier

Suspended: Adams

Form guide: LWWLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Akanji, Lewis, Gomez, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Mahrez

Injured: Dias

Doubtful: Phillips

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLWW

Ruben Dias misses the trip to Elland Road with a thigh injury sustained during the World Cup. The Portuguese defender is expected to be out for around a month. Julian Alvarez is also absent after being granted extended leave following Argentina's success in Qatar, whilst Kalvin Phillips involvement is in doubt after Pep Guardiola criticised the midfielder for returning to Manchester overweight.

City have a difficult run of games coming up, and the manager is expecting a tough challenge from Jesse Marsch's side.

“(It’s) One of the toughest games. I would have preferred another opponent than Leeds in that moment after the World Cup,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.

“It’s the most aggressive team in the Premier League with statistics.

“Their guys don’t give you time to think.

“You have to be precise, and you have to be in our high level to do it in the situation we have after our defeat against Brentford.

“And how strong is Arsenal and the opponents that come from behind.

“You have to be alert and be careful because if the distance is bigger, it’ll be so difficult to catch them.”

City drew their last game at Elland Road 4-0, with Rodri, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 47 of the 108 games played against the Whites, with 18 draws and 43 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Ake, Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland

Score prediction: Leeds 1 City 3