Guardiola expecting another difficult game against his former mentor
Manchester City vs Leeds United
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 12.30 pm, Saturday 10th April 2021
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: S Ledger, R West Fourth Official: P Bankes VAR: D Coote
Odds: City 2/7, Draw 5/1, Leeds 9/1
TV: BT Sport
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Torres, Mahrez
Form guide: WWWWW
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Squad (from): Meslier, Casilla, Caprile, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Llorente, Strujik, Davis, Poveda-Ocampo, Alioski, Dallas, Hernandez, Phillips, Klich, Shackleton, Bamford, Roberts, Costa, Taphinha, Rodrigo, Gelhardt
Form guide: LLDWW
Pep Guardiola once again has a fully fit squad to select from for tomorrow's clash against Leeds United. The sides drew 1-1 at Elland Road earlier in the season, and City's manager is expecting another tough game aginst his former mentor Marcelo Bielsa:
“If there is one person who can find the secrets, it is him. His work ethic, his knowledge of the game...I know how tough tomorrow at 12.30pm will be.
"I hope we are prepared to compete. We are four games away and tomorrow is a big step.
"The players know from the first game how difficult it was and tomorrow will not be an exception.
"Being promoted last season, already safe with 42 points and seven games left - they have done incredibly well all season.
“I admire a lot of things they do, especially how they behave on the pitch. It doesn't matter the opposition or competition. They demand you do things you are not used to.
"It’s a challenge. We are so close - we need three wins and one draw - and when you play at home it is an opportunity.”
City drew their last league game against Leeds 1-1 back in 2003, with Antoine Sibierski scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 45 of the 105 games played against Leeds, with 18 draws and 42 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling, Jesus
Score prediction: City 2 Leeds1