This week could be decisive in the Premier League title race with leaders Man City set to play its first road game after the first leg of their UCL semi-finals. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the top European soccer leagues.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Premier league odds for Leeds vs City. We have plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Leeds: Fighting to Avoid Relegation
If this game had happened three months ago, you would have been surprised if City didn’t win with at least a two-three goals margin because Leeds was allowing a ton of goals under their former manager Marcelo Bielsa, however, Jesse Marsch has managed to work that out since taking over and has stopped them from allowing as many. The tide has turned, and now they look a lot more solid under the former RB Leipzig coach.
Of course, he has been helped by the return of Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper. After two defeats, they are unbeaten in their last five, winning three in the process and they are sitting five points above the drop zone. It’s important to note that Everton, who’s sitting 18th in the EPL standings is a game up on the Whites.
Crucial Point: Whites have conceded just one goal in their last three and you can imagine that Elland Road will be rocking for this one. The hosts are also still in a relegation scrap, so they will be in desperate need of points. They will give everything on the pitch and will try to take advantage of Man City’s super busy schedule.
Leeds has the toughest schedule remaining, closing out with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton, and Brentford – every point is gold for Jesse Marsch and his troops. Jesse Marsch will have to make do without Adam Forshaw, who suffered a fractured knee cap last week in training. The midfielder will be out for a significant period. Patrick Bamford’s recovery is going well and he might be available against the Citizens.
On paper, Man City may have the edge over their hosts, but Leeds is in great form and will give the leaders huge headaches. Still, they won’t have enough to pull off the upset so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
City: Busy Schedule
Manchester City is chasing four league wins in the past five seasons but they also have European commitments and can’t afford to rest their key players for the domestic fixtures. Weakened by a punishing midweek Champions League tie against Real Madrid, Man City must beat Leeds to stay in the title race. They did well to beat Real Madrid 4-3 on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, but they failed to solve the qualification from the first leg missing some golden opportunities against Los Blancos.
Mentally they are tired but now it’s time to show their real value and their strength of character. They will be forced to play their best starting lineup and it will be interesting to see how they will physically cope with that pressure. We always talked about Man City not having a striker but the goals are still absolutely phenomenal. Their playmaker Kevin de Bruyne is the brain from the middle and he is once again expected to deliver and offer some great assists.
Joao Cancelo, who was suspended against Real Madrid is expected to offer some extra value in the defensive line while Kyle Walker should be back from injury and play against Leeds. If you’re soccer betting you should know that it’s tough for any team to play every three days and mostly for Man City who is playing Europe’s best clubs in the Champions League.
Leeds vs City Head-to-Head
Man City destroyed Leeds in the reverse fixture beating them 7-0 on home soil with Kevin de Bruyne scoring a brace. The Citizens are the best road team in the league losing just one in 16 away games, scoring 30, and conceding just eight goals in the process. At home, Leeds is having a nightmare. They earned just 17 points in 16 home games allowing 30 goals in the process. Only Norwich allowed more goals than Leeds this season in the Premier League but since Jesse Marsch took over, Leeds is looking better, keeping two clean sheets in their previous two domestic fixtures.
Leeds vs City Game Information
- Game: Leeds (8-10-15) vs City (24-5-3)
- Location: Elland Road (Leeds)
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 30th, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Leeds vs City Streaming: fubo.tv
Leeds vs City Betting Lines
Leeds vs City Predictions
The visitors enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -325 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at three.
This is a must-win for Pep Guardiola and his troops as they are trying to maintain the one-point lead at the top of the standings. The players will feel the pressure and on top of that, they will have one eye on their UCL semifinal-second-leg against Real Madrid. Still, they are by far the better side and they should have enough to return home with the three points.
There’s no value backing City on the moneyline so we should look elsewhere. Guardiola is one of the smartest managers in Europe and he will try to keep the energy level high for next week’s UCL clash. We expect them to dominate the possession like they usually do and once they score one or two goals – to kill the game. They will enter this game all guns blazing and win it before halftime.