Newcomers Leeds are at home to Manchester City here, and it promises to be an entertaining Premier League affair in West Yorkshire on Saturday.
Premier League 2020/21
Date: Saturday September, 3rd
Venue: Elland Road
Leeds have fared well on their return to top flight football, and could even feel confident of claiming a positive result from this game.
Having earned rave reviews for that entertaining 4-3 result at Liverpool, Marcelo Biesla’s wards have built on that with back-to-back league wins, the latest away to last season’s surprise package Sheffield United last weekend.
Patrick Bamford, his third goal in as many games for The Peacocks this season, proved the winner late on, and the youngster would look to continue his rich vein when City come calling at the Elland Road.
Manchester City were left stunned last time out in the top flight, with Leicester City blowing away the 2019 champions in exhilarating fashion, 5-2 it ended.
However, the Citizens did well to recover from that hammering with a smooth mid-week Carabao Cup success over Burnley, with Raheem Sterling scoring twice at Turf Moor and Ferran Torres also claiming his first goal for the club since his £20million switch from Valencia.
Leeds were 2-1 winners the last time this fixture was played, but we feel this one is a bridge too far for them though, their brilliance so far notwithstanding.
Jack Harrison is ineligible to face his parent club here.
Pablo Hernández, Gaetano Berardi, Kiko Casilla and Adam Forshaw are all ruled out for the hosts.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus
Sergio Agüero, João Cancelo and Ilkay Gündoğan are sidelined with injuries for City.
In 102 previous meetings between these two in all competitions, Manchester City have 44 wins to Leeds 41, while 17 clashes have been drawn.
Head to Head
Leeds last five competitive games: WLLWW
Man City last five competitive games: LWWLW
Leeds have showed they can match the big boys in the Premier League, and perhaps can as well give their illustrious visitors some scare here. Indeed, they are currently the joint-second highest scorers in the division – notching eight times in three games, though only fellow
new boys West Brom and Fulham have conceded more. Thus, we feel there will be goals from here with Leeds even grabbing some for themselves. City can win, but expect both teams to get in among the goals, which is prized 11/8 for odds.
Bamford has been firing on all cylinders for the hosts since their promotion. The Englishman is 14/5 to score anytime, so let’s finish off our tips with backing him to add to his goal haul for the season.