Erling Haaland will seal an emotional return to the city he was born in as Manchester City travel to face Leeds next week.
Top scorer Haaland has been rampant since his arrival in England and will be aiming to get straight back in the goals as he faces his father Alfie’s former club, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The 22-year-old also faces his former manager Jesse Marsch who has struggled this season in charge of the Whites.
They sit two points clear of the relegation zone and will need to pull off a shock to defeat Pep Guardiola’s side who are hunting down league-leaders Arsenal.
Leeds vs Man City: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Wednesday, December 28.
Kick-off at Elland Road is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Adrian Durham.
Commentary will then be provided by Nigel Adderley and former Leeds Women’s striker Lucy Ward.
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Leeds vs Man City: Team news
Leeds are expected to have Tyler Adams back to start after his participation in the World Cup with the USA.
Although Crysencio Summerville picked up an injury during a friendly might struggle to play any part at Elland Road.
Man City could be without Ilkay Gundogan after he hobbled off against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
While Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne combined for a goal in that game and the deadly pair will start together again in the Premier League after a month apart.
Leeds vs Man City: What has been said?
Ahead of the game, Leeds boss Marsch has revealed that Haaland texted him as soon as he found out the fixture schedule.
He told BBC Sport: “He texted me as soon as the schedule came out.
“He said he’s most excited for Boxing Day and I gave him permission to have a small hamstring injury for that match!
“He was born in Leeds, his father has history here and he has the club in his heart because of that. We have talked about; when I got the job, him and his father were supportive.
“We’ll expect him to be fully ready and that causes issues for us.”
Leeds vs Man City: Match facts
- Leeds’ midfielder Brenden Aaronson has made more pressures (closing down the team/player in possession) than any other player in the Premier League this season (442). On the other hand, Man City’s Rodri has been pressured more often than any other player (429).
- Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has the highest expected goals total of any player yet to score in the Premier League so far this season (4.1).
- Man City’s Phil Foden has been involved in seven goals in his last five Premier League starts, scoring six and assisting one. However, just one of his 10 goal involvements overall this season has come away from home (goal vs Wolves at Molineux).
- Both Rodrigo and Crysencio Summerville have scored in each of Leeds’ last four Premier League games, the first pair of players to ever score in four consecutive games for a club in the competition. Just three different players have scored in five in a row for the Whites in the Premier League – Rod Wallace (December 1993), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (December 1998) and Mark Viduka twice (April 2003, August 2003).
- Manchester City have scored more goals than any other Premier League side this season (40), while with 14 goals conceded their games have also seen more goals than any other sides’ (54). Meanwhile, Leeds’ last four Premier League games have produced a total of 22 goals, at an average of 5.5 per game.
- Having lost against Brentford in their last Premier League game before the World Cup break, Manchester City are looking to avoid losing consecutive league games for the first time since December 2018.
- Leeds lost their final home league game of 2021, going down 4-1 against Arsenal. They haven’t lost their last game at Elland Road in consecutive calendar years since 2000/2001 (against Aston Villa and Newcastle).
- Leeds haven’t won any of their last seven Premier League home games against reigning champions (D2 L5), since a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in May 1999.
- Man City won this exact fixture 4-0 in April last season, last winning back-to-back away league games against Leeds in September 2000.
- Having remained unbeaten against Man City in their first season back in the Premier League in 2020-21 (W1 D1), Leeds lost both meetings with the Citizens last term by an aggregate score of 11-0.
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