Manchester City welcome Leeds to the Etihad on Saturday, hoping to go 17 points clear at the top of the Premier League
Fresh from their Champions League last 16 first leg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, Manchester City return to domestic action when Leeds United visit the Etihad for what should be an entertaining affair.
With just four more wins required to reclaim the Premier League crown, the finishing line is in sight for City, who have been further boosted this week by the news that Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new deal at the club, keeping him in Manchester until 2025.
The second leg against Dortmund is on Wednesday next week, so the Belgian may be rested with the score at 2-1, as “Pep Roulette” threatens to derail everybody’s fantasy football teams once again.
Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero may come in to start, which isn’t exactly a massive drop off in terms of quality.
Guardiola has no confirmed absentees for the game, with Nathan Ake returning to the squad for the win over Dortmund in midweek.
One Manchester City player that won’t feature is Jack Harrison, who is unavailable to play for Leeds against his parent club. The winger is in his third season on loan at Elland Road and is enjoying a fantastic season, with seven goals and six assists so far this term.
Other than Harrison, Marcelo Bielsa has the benefit of a clean bill of health for his squad for the first time in a long time this weekend, with only Adam Forshaw, who hasn’t played since September 2019, missing.
The former Middlesbrough midfielder has been struggling with a hip injury for almost 18 months, and this week Bielsa said that he is healthy and hopes he can play again before the season ends.
When the two sides met earlier this season, it was a tactical spectacle, with Guardiola’s possession-based philosophy and Bielsa’s gung-ho approach ultimately cancelling each other out in a 1-1 draw.
If the Spaniard can triumph over a man he considers one of his idols in coaching, City will move 17 points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table, with United playing Spurs on Sunday.
If Leeds can come out on top, they’ll go above Arsenal and Aston Villa into 9th ahead of their games later in the weekend.
Manchester City take on Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, April 10th. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.