Leeds United vs Manchester City preview: Ruben Dias could make Blues debut

By Ric Turner, Fri 02 October 2020 15:47

Leeds United vs Manchester City preview: Ruben Dias could make Blues debutGuardiola wary of threat posed by Bielsa's side

Leeds United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 3rd October, 2020

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: I Hussin, D Cann Fourth Official: A Taylor

Odds: Leeds 7/1, Draw 23/5, City 2/5

TV: Sky Sports

Leeds United

Manager: Marco Bielsa

Squad (from): Casilla, Caprile, Ayling, Douglas, Koch, Cooper, Llorente, Struijk, Davis, Alioski, Dallas, Hernandez, Harrison, Phillips, Klich, Bogusz, Shackleton, Poveda-Ocampo, Bamford, Roberts, Moreno, Gelhardt

Injured: Hernandez, Harrison (ineligible), Berardi, Forshaw

Doubtful: Casilla

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLDWW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Mendy, Cancelo, Otamendi, Garcia, Rodridgo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Aguero, Gundogan, Jesus, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Stones

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWLW

City will be without Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko for the trip to Elland Road. New signing Ruben Dias is available, however, and could make his City debut.

Pep Guardiola is a known admirer of his opposite number Marcelo Bielsa, and is expecting a tough game on Saturday.

“Against Leeds, they are completely different to any other team in the Premier League,” said Guardiola.

“We have to play our game. There are many, many aspects in a game. We have to control it.

“They are a team, fight for each other, defend a lot around the box. They have a good build up. At the right moment, they arrive with a lot of players.

“I played three times against Marcelo at [Athletic] Bilbao, and every game was so difficult.”

City lost their last game at Elland Road back in 2004, with Nicolas Anelka netting fro the Blues in a 2-1 defeat. Overall City have won 45 of the 104 games played against Leeds, with 17 draws and 42 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Foden, Torrez, Sterling

Score prediction: Leeds 2 City 2