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Manchester City will travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Saturday for their Premier League match up, hoping to earn another victory after a thrilling 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Team News

The Sky Blues are without Kyle Walker, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, along with John stones, who was called off the pitch in the first half against Los Blancos in the first leg. Joao Cancelo was suspended midweek but is available for selection in the next matchup against the Whites.

Pep Guardiola will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation with several tweaks from the last game as he looks to steer clear of any other injury concerning his key players.

4-2-3-1 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Leeds United

Defence

Ederson is expected to start in goal for the upcoming away encounter. The Brazilian shot-stopper would hope to put up a strong performance to secure a clean sheet.

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Dias has been a consistent performer for the Mancunian giants in defence, and along with Laporte, the duo would likely form the centre half partnership at the backline.

Full-back Cancelo could feature alongside Zinchenko and they will look to operate down the right and left-hand sides, respectively.

Midfield

Fernandinho and Gundogan would be playing in the holding position over the central midfield, with the former tasked with shielding the backline with a more defensive role.

Kevin De Bruyne should slot into the attacking midfield position where he might fancy creating opportunities for the forwards, completing the midfield trio.

Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling might take up the wide positions, playing down the left and right wings, respectively. The duo would be determined to engineer some clear-cut goal-scoring chances. Foden and Mahrez would probably be saved for the return leg with Los Blancos next week.

Forward

The Sky Blues’ attack will be spearheaded by Jack Grealish. He would be given the nod as he looks to fancy his chances of finding the back of the net and creating trouble for the Leeds backline, a defensive unit that has conceded four goals in the last five Premier League matches.

Manchester City Formation
4-2-3-1 Manchester City predicted lineup vs Leeds United
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