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Leeds United vsManchester City live stream: game prediction, TV channel, how to watch online

The World Cup break is over for Jesse Marsch and Leeds United and they’ll have quite the challenge in facing Manchester City without the suspended Tyler Adams. With Wolves winning this week, Leeds are only two points above the relegation zone although they do have two games in hand on the Midlands club.

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It has been a struggle for both Leeds and Manchester City in different ways this season. City were the odds on favorite for the title but they’re eight points behind Arsenal although they do have a game in hand on the Gunners. Leeds are in a transition but Marsch is trying to see them through things without getting the team relegated although that has proven to be a tough proposition due to injuries and defensive issues.

City are expected to roll in the match, but if they don’t maintain focus, the team has been letting goals slip through at inopportune times. Playing an extra match against Liverpool in the league Cup should help City get the additional rhythm that they need, however.

Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:

How to watch and odds

  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 28 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Elland Road — Yorkshire, England
  • TV: USA | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free) 
  • Odds: Leeds United +900; Draw +460; Manchester City -360 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Storylines

Leeds United: The absentee list keeps growing for Leeds United in this match. Adams is suspended, Luis Sinisterra will miss out with an ankle injury, and Patrick Bamford will also likely be sidelined due to his injuries as well. Crysencio Summerville, Rodrigo, Liam Cooper, Jack Harrison, and Illian Mesilier will all face late fitness tests due to various injuries and an illness that has passed through the squad but if all of them can’t go, this match will be tough sledding verus an excellent City side.

Manchester City: Not only is Erling Haaland a cheat coad with 18 Premier League goals in only 13 matches but the team also has an almost clean bill of health and has played a warmup game in the Carabo Cup. Kalvin Phillips may not play against his former team after arriving back from international duty overweight according to Pep Guardiola but the only other abentees will be Julian Alvarez and Ruben Dias.

Prediction

Despite having home support behind them, this match will be too much for Leeds United to keep up with as even Liam Cooper returning to the defense won’t be enough to slow down Haaland’s rampage through the Premier League. Pick: Leeds United 0, Manchester City 3.

Leeds United are back in Premier League action on Wednesday evening, when they take on Manchester City. 

Both the Whites and Blues have been without a match since the middle of November, due to the break for the World Cup. They will now restart their campaigns under the lights at Elland Road, in this 8pm kick-off.

Jesse Marsch and Pep Guardiola come up against one another in what will be as always, an intense battle. Leeds have played 14 matches up to now and have won four, drawn three and lost seven.

The visitors have also played 14 games, winning 10, drawing two and losing two. Just three of those wins have been on the road which is a record the six time Premier League winners will want to improve upon.

During the winter break, United played three friendly matches against top-tier opposition around Europe. All three were tough encounters and allowed a number of players to gain vital minutes, as they picked up wins against Elche CF and Real Sociedad, before a closely-contested defeat to AS Monaco. 

City were also in action recently. They played Girona and ran out winners by two goals to nil, whilst they then had a competitive clash with Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, beating them in an entertaining five-goal encounter. 

In this clash, two of the top five scorers in the division will face off against one another. Erling Haaland has been a stand-out performer since his summer arrival with City, he has 18 goals in the league to his name, along with three assists from his 13 matches. 

However, United have a striker in form of their own, who will be looking to continue his fine start to the season. Spanish international Rodrigo has scored nine goals, with one assist, from 13 games up to now.

Coming into the match, both teams will be looking to improve their league positions and they can move up the table if they are to secure the three points at Elland Road. 

Leeds have two games in hand over many of the teams around them in the table. Marsch’s side currently sit 15th but could go above Aston Villa into 12th with a win.

City are in third place at the moment but like their upcoming hosts, they have games in hand on others around them. A win would put them back into second place and would also close the gap to top of the table Arsenal. 

The match has been selected for live television coverage on Amazon Prime Video. Alternatively, you can stay right here on leedsunited.com to follow updates throughout the 90 minutes, or listen to uninterrupted commentary on LUTV!

Manager/head coach:

Leeds: Jesse Marsch

City: Pep Guardiola

What has Jesse Marsch said, ahead of the match?

“It’s a very difficult playing style to prepare for and then when you introduce the playing quality they have on the pitch, it becomes a monumental task. The good thing about our team now is that we’re not afraid of the biggest opponents, and we’ve proven that not only can we play them on the day, but we can find ways to get points.”

Head to head:

Leeds: 43

Draws: 18

City: 47

League position:

Leeds: 3rd

City: 15th

Premier League top scorer:

Leeds: Rodrigo (9)

City: Erling Haaland (18)

Team news:

Jesse Marsch will be without Tyler Adams who is suspended, along with Luis Sinisterra and Stuart Dallas who remain on the injury list. Other players have had knocks or illness within the squad lately, but the head coach is confident of them all being available for selection.  

The away side have plenty of options throughout the squad, with no clear injury concerns for Pep Guardiola to consider. Kalvin Phillips and Ruben Dias are the only doubts within the squad, whilst World Cup winner Julian Alvarez has had an extended break.

Officials:

Referee – Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referee – Harry Lennard

Assistant Referee – Darren Cann

Fourth Official – Michael Salisbury 

Video Assistant Referee – Jarred Gillett

How to watch:

The match has been selected for live television coverage on Amazon Prime Video. Alternatively, you can stay right here on leedsunited.com to follow updates throughout the 90 minutes, or listen to uninterrupted commentary on LUTV!

By Jack

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