Manchester City resume their Premier League title defence with a trip to Leeds United on Wednesday, December 28.
Pep Guardiola’s side lost further ground on leaders Arsenal with a shock 2-1 home loss to Brentford in their final match before the World Cup break.
However, City returned to domestic action with a thrilling 3-2 Carabao Cup win over Liverpool on December 22 and Guardiola will have been pleased to see a host of his World Cup stars return in impressive rhythm — most notably Kevin De Bruyne, who claimed a pair of assists.
Two of Leeds’ four Premier League wins this season have come against members of the ‘big six’, with Jesse Marsch’s side claiming victories over Chelsea and Liverpool. Their past two league games each finished 4-3, with Leeds beating Bournemouth before losing to Tottenham Hotspur by the odd goal in seven.
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What time is Leeds United vs. Man City kick off?
This Premier League clash will kick off at Elland Road on Wednesday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|Hong Kong||04:00 HKT*|
|New Zealand||09:00 NZDT*|
*Game starts on December 29 in these time zones
Leeds United vs. Man City live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|USA||USA Network, Universo||fuboTV, Peacock|
|Australia||Optus Sport 1||Optus Sport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport Premier League||Sky Sports|
|India||—||Hotstar VIP, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||620 Now Premier League TV, 621 Now Premier League 1||now TV|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 3||Astro Go, sooka|
UK: Matches are usually carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, but this round of matches are available exclusively via Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service.
USA: The match will be televised on cable service the USA Network and Telemundo (Spanish-language), which can be streamed on fuboTV. The English-language stream can be seen on NBC’s Peacock platform.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).
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Leeds United vs. Man City lineups
Leeds No.1 Illan Meslier is a doubt as he continues to recuperate from a bout of glandular fever, which could mean a start for Joel Robles. The former Everton man has fond memories of playing against City, having starred in Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 FA Cup final win back in 2013.
Patrick Bamford is a doubt following groin surgery, while influential midfielder Tyler Adams is suspended.
Predicted Leeds XI (4-2-3-1): Robles (GK) — Kristensen, Cooper, Koch, Struijk — Roca, Forshaw — Aaronson, Rodrigo, Harrison — Gelhardt
Ruben Dias is out for a month with a hamstring injury, while Guardiola revealed Kalvin Phillips returned overweight from England duty and the midfielder faces a fight to be involved against his former club.
City have a host of World Cup performers back to call upon, with the exception of Julian Alvarez, who is enjoying an extended break after helping Argentina to glory. Guardiola might be tempted to stick with the bulk of the side that overcame Liverpool last week.
Predicted Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson (GK) — Walker, Stones, Laporte, Ake — De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan — Mahrez, Haaland, Foden
Leeds United vs. Man City betting odds, prediction
Leeds will be hoping to catch out a City squad who turned in more World Cup minutes than any other in the Premier League.
However, last season’s matches give little cause for optimism. City romped to a 7-0 win at the Etihad Stadium a year ago, while Marsch was at the helm for a 4-0 defeat in August.
Prediction: City to win 3-1
|Leeds United win||+900||17/2||9.50||8.40|
|Man City win||+325||2/7||1.28||1.27|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-220 /-170||2/5 – 7/4||1.44 – 2.80||1.41 – 2.80|
|Both teams to score Y/N||-135/+105||4/6 – 11/10||1.72 – 2.00||1.68 – 1.94|
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