Preview: Manchester City vs Leeds United – Team news, lineups


Start date: 14 Dec 2021 23:00
Location: Manchester Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Paul Tierney, England
Avg. cards:  0.13  3.37

Manchester City welcomes Leeds United to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in search of a seventh consecutive Premier League victory.

On Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s side beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0, while the Whites lost 3-2 to Chelsea in London.

Team News

Ferran Torres is anticipated to be sidelined until the New Year, while Ilkay Gundogan was “struggling a lot” with back discomfort after being substituted against Wolves at the weekend, but is expected to play this week.

With Joao Cancelo suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards, Kyle Walker could make an instant return at right-back, while Phil Foden and Nathan Ake were fit enough to make the bench at the weekend.

Foden and Kevin De Bruyne are both expected to return to the starting lineup this week, with Riyad Mahrez also a possibility as Guardiola considers the need for fresh legs.

Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, and Liam Cooper have all suffered hamstring injuries for Leeds, while Rodrigo is still suffering from heel trouble.

Robin Koch has been battling illness and may not be ready to return just yet, while Pascal Struijk was forced to withdraw from the Chelsea game at the last minute owing to an inflamed knee.

Bielsa’s hand is thus pressed in various parts of the pitch, with Mateusz Klich, notwithstanding his costly foul on Rudiger at Stamford Bridge, the only possible change.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden

Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Llorente, Firpo; Shackleton, Forshaw; Raphinha, Harrison, James; Roberts