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Manchester City has to keep both eyes on desperate Leeds United despite a looming UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg when it visits Leeds United at Elland Road.
City beat Real Madrid 4-3 on Tuesday in Manchester and is unbeaten in seven-straight Premier League fixtures to boot, but could be back behind Liverpool on the league table if the Reds beat Newcastle earlier Saturday. City opens the matchweek with a one-point lead on the Reds.
Leeds’ 34 points are now five points clear of the bottom three. There’s still a tough road home despite Leeds’ recent upturn under American boss Jesse Marsch. Burnley is three points back in 17th place while Everton is in 18th but has a match-in-hand to go with its 29 points.
It wasn’t pretty when the two sides met in December, as Man City walloped Leeds 7-0 behind a Kevin De Bruyne brace and goals from five other players: John Stones, Nathan Ake, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, and Riyad Mahrez).
Leeds vs. Man City lineups
Injuries mean that Bamford, Roberts, Forshaw, and Summerville are unavailable for Leeds. Jamie Shackleton makes the bench. Marsch has made three changes, with Firpo, Koch, and Struijk all starting. It's not clear what formation Leeds will line up with, but it may be a back 3.
Leeds starting lineup (5-2-3): Meslier (GK) — Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Koch, Firpo —Dallas, Phillips — Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison
Leeds subs (12): Klaesson, Llorente, Cresswell, Shackleton, Klich, Bate, James, Gelhardt, Greenwood
Kyle Walker is still unavailable, while John Stones came off in the first half against Real Madrid. Joao Cancelo will start at right back. Guardiola has named an attacking side. Jack Grealish could be in the midfield three, alongside Rodri and Gundogan, or it could be a 4-2-3-1.
Man City projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Ederson (GK) — Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake — Gundogan, Fernandinho, Grealish — Jesus, Foden, Sterling
Man City subs (12): Steffen, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Egan-Riley, Mbete, McAtee
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