Over the past few weeks we’ve been treated to one of the most exhilarating starts to a Premier League season ever. Hopefully the exciting continues this weekend. One of the standout ties of Gameweek Four is Manchester City’s trip to newly promoted Leeds United. This fixture has been discussed to death by the media and cutting through the noise to get a reliable prediction has proved challenging. Luckily, betting.co.uk’s team of expert football tipsters are here to help. If you want to maximise your chances of securing a win this weekend, read on to find out our well researched betting tip.
Just as predicted, Leeds United have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League this season. Under manager Marcelo Bielsa, they have played wonderfully open, attacking football, scoring no less than nine goals in their opening three games. They bravely battled before losing 4-3 to Liverpool on the opening day, bouncing back with 4-3 and 1-0 wins against Fulham and Sheffield United. Although things have been clicking going forward – with striker Patrick Bamford particularly impressing – conceding seven goals in their opening two fixtures will be worrying fans. In short, Leeds are devastatingly going forward but leave a bit to be desired at the back.
Manchester City were tipped by many as favourites to lift the Premier League title but their start to the season has been far from convincing. Although they managed to defeat Wolves 3-1 on the opening day, the Citizens looked remarkably vulnerable to the counter attack throughout. In the following fixture, this weakness reared its ugly head again with Leicester besting Pep Guardiola’s side 5-2. Every single one of the Foxes’ goals was scored soon after City surrendered possession and Leeds should be able to enjoy a similar level of success on the counter on Saturday.
A glance at the historical form book suggests there has been little to choose between the two teams in the past. The two sides have met on 104 occasions with the first ever game taking place all the way back in 1924. City enjoy the slightest of advantages in the fixture, winning 45 of the contests compared to Leeds’ 42. 17 of the games have ended all square.
In terms of the most recent fixtures between the two teams, there is not a great deal we can learn unfortunately. Thanks to Leeds’ lengthy absence from the top flight, Saturday’s game will be the first time that the two sides have met in the Premier since March 2004. On that occasion, Leeds came out on top. Saying that, the City team that the Whites will face this weekend has changed a great deal since 2004. Since then, the Citizens have been transformed into a European superclub thanks to significant investment by their foreign owners.
The only time that City have met Leeds post-investment, they put them to the sword, securing a 4-0 FA Cup win back in 2013. This does not bode well for the Whites.
The Premier League currently boasts some of the best and most successful managers of all time. However, no single pair of head coaches have done more to revolutionise the modern game than Leeds’ boss Marcelo Bielsa and City’s Pep Guardiola.
They have each enjoyed nomadic careers, earning swathes of passionate tactical disciples wherever they have gone. It is worth noting that on the three previous occasions that they have faced off before, Guardiola has won twice while one game ended in a draw. This is with consideration before you back Leeds to secure a surprise win on Saturday.
Both managers are proponents of intense, high pressing and attacking football. This is almost certain to lead to an incredibly open game with lots of attacks and more importantly, lots of goals. Because of this, VBet’s offer of 9/4 on their being over 4.5 goals is something to consider for sure.
Leeds have been very impressive since returning to the top flight and should put up a real fight against City. However, Guardiola’s side are going to be baying for blood after their shocking result last weekend and the Whites will really struggle to halt the Citizens’ attacking juggernaut. That’s why we’re tipping the away side to secure the win but with in-form Leeds striker Bamford to add to his ever growing goal tally in a losing effort. Betfred are currently offering our tip at a very generous 4.44/1.