By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Dec, 2021 | 7:10pm

Paul Merson predicts result of Leeds United clash against Manchester City

Paul Merson has tipped Leeds United to suffer a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday (14 December).

Unlike last term, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have struggled against the bigwigs in 2021-22, and things could be tough for them against Pep Guardiola’s side with Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper still out injured.

Man City are league leaders for a reason, and while Leeds shocked them the last time they visited the Etihad, Merson does not see that happening while previewing the game in his Sportskeeda column.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “I was impressed with Leeds United against Chelsea. They will play a certain way and cause problems for opposition teams. Unfortunately for them, that will suit Manchester City.

“As Thomas Tuchel said, you always get a hectic game from Leeds. They are very frantic and man-to-man all over the pitch, which pretty much plays into Manchester City’s hands.

“I think Manchester City will record a big win in the Premier League in this one.”

Really?

Leeds took four points off the Premier League defending champions last season, but they do not look capable of doing that again this season.

Nevertheless, nothing can be ruled out against the Whites, and Guardiola will not be taking any chances against them.

He knows what they can do, and Bielsa and his players will be looking to repeat last season’s heroics.

Man City remain prone to counterattacks given their style of play, and the attacking trio of Jack Harrison, Raphinha and Dan James can hurt them if given the chances.

Leeds will get their opportunities, no doubt, but whether they will be able to make the most of them is the question.

They have not been clinical enough this season, scoring just 17 times, and that is hurting their chances of getting results.

The Elland Road outfit are not the same team that blew everyone away last season with their swashbuckling brand of football, but they cannot be underestimated, and are capable of losing 4-0 to Man City or shocking the hosts by the same scoreline.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have mapped out plans to avoid relegation scrap as January transfer budget claim emerges.