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Leeds v Manchester City preview: City restart league campaign at Leeds

Manchester City resume their pursuit of leaders Arsenal when they go to Leeds in their first Premier League game back after the break for the World Cup.

Before Arsenal's late Boxing Day home clash with West Ham, City were five points behind the Gunners in second place in the top flight and they will expect to pick up a victory at Elland Road on Wednesday against a Leeds outfit who are down in 15th, just two points clear of the bottom three.

What: Leeds v Man City, Premier League
Where: Elland Road, Leeds
When: 20:00, Wednesday 28th December 2022
How to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Odds: Leeds 8/1, Draw 5/1, Man City 2/7

City out to build on EFL Cup win over Liverpool

City's campaign resumed following the Qatar international showpiece with a deserved 3-2 win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Thursday and Pep Guardiola's men will now be aiming to build on that victory with three points in West Yorkshire.

City suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Brentford in their final game before the club action was paused but they looked back to their normal selves against Liverpool in the EFL Cup and it would be a big surprise if they do not secure their fourth away league win of the season.

Leeds-born Haaland after more goals

Erling Haaland was born in Leeds and clearly has a soft spot for the Whites, who his father Alf-Inge was playing for at the time, so he will relish taking to the field at Elland Road as he looks to add to his phenomenal goalscoring record this term.

The Norway international, who enjoyed a rest over the World Cup, looked at his usual sharp best when he scored after just 10 minutes against Liverpool last week, and he is 1/2 to score Anytime and 2/1 to be First Goalscorer on Wednesday evening.

Haaland has 18 Premier League goals so far from just 13 appearances and will be aware he's about to take on a Leeds side who have conceded 26 goals this term, including 13 in their last five in the league, while their last clean sheet in the top flight came way back in a goalless draw against Aston Villa on 2nd October.

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Marsch withstood job pressure

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was under big pressure at the end of October following a run of eight league games without a win but his side went to Liverpool and surprisingly won 2-1 before they followed that up with a 4-3 home success over Bournemouth when they were 3-1 down early in the second half.

Their final match before the World Cup was a 4-3 defeat at Tottenham, when they were 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 up at various points, to underline the chaotic nature of their performances and their recent poor defensive record will be of huge concern as they prepare to take on the division's top-scorers.

The Whites' overall home form is also a worry as that win over the Cherries was their first at Elland Road in five games after a run of two previous draws and two defeats, while Pep Guardiola's side won 4-0 at Elland Road last term and hammered Leeds 7-0 at the Etihad in the two league meetings between them.

During the break for the World Cup, City played just one friendly - a 2-0 win over Spanish side Girona - while Leeds were in action three times, beating Spanish opposition 2-1 twice in the shape of Elche and Real Sociedad, before a 4-2 defeat against French outfit Monaco.

Goals expected at Elland Road

Considering six of City's 10 league wins so far this term have come to nil, it's tempting to suggest this will also be an away victory in which Leeds will not find the back of the net, but Marsch's men have hit 11 in their last four outings so a City win with both teams scoring, available at 8/5 in the Result/Both Teams to Score market, may be an astute selection.

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