This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming Leeds United games. @pulpy has been doing The Manchester is BLUE show podcast for the last six months
Leeds United travel to the Etihad on Saturday for what will probably be the toughest game of the season.
Man City are top of the league by a country mile, in full flow and fighting for a historic quadruple.
They’ve scored 66 goals in 31 games and also boast by far the tightest defence in the top-flight.
We asked Man City Super Fan @pulpy for his thoughts on the game and whether we’ve got any chance of getting anything out of it.
The reverse fixture was probably the best game we’ve watched this season but the first 20 minutes looked really worrying for Leeds and the result was a surprise. The thinking is that Leeds are going to get beaten quite heavily this time. Is that what you’re expecting?
I think the general consensus is it will be a tough game for Leeds but given how you set up and how the way we play suits your style I expect it to be closer than many Blues would like.
Pep roulette has seen hordes of FPL players taking City players out of their side in wildcards this week. Do you think Gundogan or KDB start, and who do you think starts up top?
I’ve been part of the @manchesterisB podcast for six months now and each week we get asked to predict a team. Nobody has come close!
Pep usually picks his strongest team available but on this occasion I expect one of those to be rested, most likely Gundogan. I think Aguero and Jesus will both start the game with the latter out on the left.
My fantasy football team is lingering in the bottom 10% mainly due to my faith in using City players, cheers Pep!
Sterling seems to be the most likely to start as he’s been benched for a few games. Is there something up with him? Can you see him being benched again?
Raheem has been a little inconsistent and in the last few years he’s probably played a few games when he shouldn’t have but now we have Foden in great form it’s giving Pep options to leave him out. However, I do feel he will start against Leeds on the right-hand side. It’s a long season and I don’t read anything into him sitting out a few games, it’s squad rotation.
What have you made of Leeds this season?
Your season has exceeded a lot of people’s expectations but for me it’s the way you’ve kept playing your natural game and stuck to your beliefs despite a good few pastings that I admire. Nice to see you back where you belong, certainly been a while.
What’s your score prediction?
I don’t think there’s any team that could knock us out of our stride for a whole 90 minutes, it’s how we cope with the spells of pressure now that will define the rest of our season. Leeds will certainly test us in terms of pressing and counter-attacking and have a striker in Bamford that can certainly take a chance.
I’d happily take any kind of win given how tough the reverse fixture was, at this point for us it’s all about keeping a winning formula whilst avoiding any needless injuries. But if you’re going to push me I’d say 4-1 with Leeds taking an early lead.
Will you do the quadruple?
The quadruple… we’ve been seemingly trying to achieve this for the last four years now and each season everyone says this is our best chance until it ends. However, given that we have somehow out of nowhere developed a rock-solid defence and a genuine plan B (false 9) we’re better equipped than we have been before. I worry the only thing that can stop us as most Blues do too is if Pep dreams up a new style like against Lyon and it fails us. We stick to what we do best and that gives us every chance. But…..one game at a time.
Marcelo Bielsa has a full squad to choose from and Patrick Bamford will definitely be hoping to get on the scoresheet tomorrow.
The game kicks off at 12.30pm and is live on BT Sport.
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