Leeds United have made one change to their starting XI for the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa has included Helder Costa from the start in the only change from the side that beat Sheffield United 2-1 in the Yorkshire derby last weekend, with Jack Harrison missing out as he is ineligible to face his parent club under the terms of his loan agreement.
Confirmed on Twitter prior to the 12:30 kick-off, Costa comes in for Harrison on the left while U23s sensation Joe Gelhardt is named on the bench.
📋 One change to the Starting XI, with Costa in for Harrison who is ineligible to face his parent club
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 10, 2021
It’s as you were from Leeds with the exception of Harrison with Costa selected ahead of the likes of Matesuz Klich as Bielsa plumps for a like-for-like change.
Adam Forshaw misses out again as he is only in the early stages of his recovery from a long-term injury but Gaetano Berardi takes a place on the bench alongside Pablo Hernandez and Ian Poveda.
Big Pep talk from Bielsa required
It will require a herculean effort from the Whites to get anything from this game, such is the scintillating form of the hosts.
However, they are playing a weakened XI with no Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden or Aguero.
The lads to face Leeds! 💪
XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Zinchenko, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling, Jesus
SUBS | Steffen, Walker, Dias, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Garcia
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 10, 2021
Pep Guardiola’s side have won 27 of their previous 28 games, a quite remarkable run of results that has seen them streak 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
They have proved to be formidable in all areas of the pitch – their 21 goals conceded is nine less than any other side, while they have scored 66 at the other end, eight more than close rivals Manchester United.
These are not statistics that rack up in Bielsa’s favour, but he and his charges will surely take inspiration from their previous encounter which saw an enthralling 1-1 draw with Rodrigo stepping off the bench to net his first Whites goal.
A positive result at the Etihad Stadium would see Leeds rise above Arsenal and into the top 10, temporarily at least, ahead of a tough end to April that sees them pit their wits against Champions League hopefuls Liverpool and Manchester United.
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