Man City VS Leeds Live Premier League Football Match Score 28 Dec 2022
Manchester City will be without Ruben Dias, Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips when they return to Premier League action at Leeds. Dias is set to be sidelined for a month due to a hamstring injury, while Alvarez has been given time off after helping Argentina win the World Cup.
City manager Pep Guardiola has said England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was “overweight” when he returned from the World Cup and the £45million summer signing from Leeds will not feature against his former club at Elland Road.
“He is not injured,” said Guardiola. “He arrived overweight.” When asked why, Guardiola replied: “I don’t know. He didn’t arrive in the condition for the training sessions and to play.” Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are set to compete for Dias’ spot on the left side of City’s central defensive partnership. Both having played in the Carabao Cup win over Liverpool on Thursday, when Erling Haaland was back among the goals after a break for the World Cup.
Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo were unused substitutes in that match and should be named in the starting line-up while Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Jones Stones push for a return to the XI. Seating is available throughout all 3 tiers at the Etihad Stadium so you can get as close to the action as you wish or take up a higher vantage point overlooking the pitch, while a wide range of hospitality options are available for those seeking a more premium matchday experience. Please note, a paid membership will likely be required to purchase directly from the club.
Leeds had to fight until the last day to save their place in the top flight last year. This season, Jesse Marsch’s men are currently 15th in the Premier League and count, with 2 games less and 2 units ahead of the first relegation player. After a very bad series of 8 games without a win (2 draws and 6 losses), they gave themselves some air in the standings by aligning 2 successes in Liverpool (1-2) and against Bournemouth (4-3). Just before leaving for the break, the team did not deserve but fell on the lawn of Tottenham (4-3). In the League Cup, Leeds lost to Wolverhampton in the Round of 16 (1-0) before the break caused by the World Cup, which they made up for by playing 3 friendlies: 2 wins against Elche and Sociedad (2-1),
Double champion of England in title, Manchester City will have to whip to win a 3rd coronation of rank this season. Indeed, the Citizens are today in 3rd place in the Premier League with 8 units behind the leader Arsenal who won their match on Tuesday. Undefeated in the first 9 days, City then had its first hitch by losing to rival Liverpool (1-0). Subsequently, the Skyblues resumed their march forward with success against Brighton (3-1), Leicester (0-1) and Fulham (2-1). On the other hand, they relapsed, to everyone’s surprise, during the last day against Brentford at home (1-2).
The Leeds coach saw 3 of his players take part in the 2022 World Cup: full-back Kristensen (Denmark), excellent midfielder Adams and playmaker Aaronson (United States). Of those three players, incumbent Adams is suspended. Packages since the start of the season, Stuart Dallas and Archie Gray remain OUT, but the return of the excellent Bamford is hoped for. He is uncertain for this match, just like the 2nd top scorer Summerville, and the sick Klich (potentially starting midfielder) and Meslier (number 1 goalkeeper). During the first part of the season, the Spanish striker Rodrigo showed great efficiency (9 goals in 13 league games).
For Manchester City, Argentine striker Julian Alvarez is not going to take part in this game after taking part in the World Cup winners’ festivities. Unhappy with the overweight of Kalvin Philipps who did not play against Liverpool and who will miss this match again, Pep Guardiola must also do without his titular central defender Ruben Dias, unavailable for a month after being injured with his selection. On the other hand, he can count on his executives Cancelo, Bernardo Silva (Portugal), De Bruyne (Belgium) or Foden (England), who also competed in the World Cup. Absent in Qatar, the Norwegian Haaland is impatient to resume the Premier League where he is the undisputed top scorer with 18 goals. He also scored against Liverpool in the League Cup this week.
City beat Real Madrid 4-3 on Tuesday in Manchester and is unbeaten in seven-straight Premier League fixtures to boot, but could be back behind Liverpool on the league table if the Reds beat Newcastle earlier Saturday. City opens the matchweek with a one-point lead on the Reds.
Leeds’ 34 points are now five points clear of the bottom three. There’s still a tough road home despite Leeds’ recent upturn under American boss Jesse Marsch. Burnley is three points back in 17th place while Everton is in 18th but has a match-in-hand to go with its 29 points.
It wasn’t pretty when the two sides met in December, as Man City walloped Leeds 7-0 behind a Kevin De Bruyne brace and goals from five other players: John Stones, Nathan Ake, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, and Riyad Mahrez).