Can Leeds Pull Off a Win at Crazy Odds?

Let’s face it, the 2020-21 Premier League season has been highly unpredictable so far. There have been lots of high-scoring contests and shocks, with Leicester City going to the Etihad Stadium last weekend and not only beating Manchester City against the odds but actually claiming a 5-2 win against a team who were title favourites.

Now Leeds will go up against the same team hoping to achieve three points of their own and bookies such as bet365 and Unibet currently offer 10/1 about Marcelo Bielsa’s side claiming three points at Elland Road. They surely have a puncher’s chance of victory.

After all, the Yorkshire side already have six points on the board after victories over Fulham and Sheffield United, while they also served it up to Liverpool at Anfield and nearly came away with a 3-3 draw before conceding a late winner against last season’s champions.

Leeds will show no fear against their illustrious opponents and Bielsa will hope that the likes of Jack Harrison, Mateusz Klich and Helder Costa can cause problems for a team who don’t look watertight at the back.

What Has Happened to Manchester City’s Defence?

Last season, Manchester City were prone to defensive lapses which ultimately led to them handing the title to Liverpool, although their frailties at the back weren’t on show like anything to the degree of last Sunday where Leicester City ran riot and claimed a massive 5-2 win.

Despite taking an early lead, the Citizens were constantly exposed in defence and Jamie Vardy helped himself to a hat-trick as the Foxes ran riot, with Pep Guardiola looking for Aymeric Laporte to return to the back four as quickly as possible and new signing Nathan Ake getting a baptism of fire.

City are no bigger than 2/7 to win this game and perhaps they will be too strong considering they did earn a positive result at Molineux in their opening clash, although it would take a brave punter to be lumping on the visitors for this game.

Should We Expect Goals Between Leeds and City?

Everyone seems to have Leeds pegged as a team who will be involved in high-scoring matches this season, although Bielsa’s side are not a high-risk team who are going to be constantly involved in 4-3 scorelines and their 1-0 win at Bramall Lane involved them being more solid in defence and scoring a late winning goal to seal the points.

Bielsa will have been delighted with a clean sheet after shipping seven in the first two matches and will look for Kalvin Phillips to protect that central defensive pairing of Robin Koch and Liam Cooper, with Luke Ayling coming in as a third centre-half against the Blades.

Raheem Sterling is likely to operate as the lone striker for Manchester City although he will be flanked by Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden in this clash, although the big issue is how the team become more solid from a defensive capacity.

What Do The Bookies Expect to Happen?

The bookies expect Manchester City to be the winners of this clash and will have plenty of punters filling their accumulators with Guardiola’s side. They are anticipating a comfortable win although the evidence suggests this might not be the case. The bookmakers also anticipate goals being scored, with the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score market currently trading at 4/5 with William Hill.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

We’re not quite confident enough in Leeds’ ability to back them against Manchester City although we wouldn’t put anyone off having a nibble at double-figure odds considering that they have six points on the board and won’t feel any pressure to win this game.

The Both Teams to Score option of “Yes” seems fairly likely considering that Leeds won’t be left wondering what might have happened if they attacked and there will be soul-searching in the City ranks after that drab performance.

We’re also going to take a punt on Leeds with a +2 goal start which means that they will win our bet if they lose by a goal or perform better, while a two-goal margin of defeat will see us get money back.


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