We’re right into the business end of the Premier League season after another midweek of European action, and we’ve got a couple of big games in store this afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who are still fighting for trophies on all four fronts, can go 17 points clear of second-placed Manchester United with victory this lunchtime.
After that, Liverpool have the chance to move into the top four when they welcome Aston Villa to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side thumped Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend, looking somewhere near back to form, but were then well-beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Victory over Villa would take the Reds above West Ham on goal difference, though the Hammers, Chelsea and Tottenham would all have chances to leapfrog them later in the weekend.
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31 mins: John Stones is enjoying himself, striding up the pitch and slipping a lovely pass in behind for Fernandinho, whose low cross is only half-cleared by Meslier and the Leeds ‘keeper is fortunate it doesn’t fall to anyone in blue.
27 mins: City want a penalty as Jesus’ touch ricochets up onto the arm of Luke Ayling but it was down by his side and he knew little about it. Appeals waved away.
23 mins: Better from City in the last five minutes or so as they start to dominate possesion and get much more consistent territory.
They’re just struggling a little in those tight spaces, with the likes of Gundogan, Foden and De Bruyne missing.
19 mins: Half-a-chance for Raheem Sterling as he shifts inside onto his right foot but whips his effort too close to Meslier.
16 mins: Big chance. Again, Leeds get in down the City left, this time with Tyler Roberts, but the delivery is just behind Bamford once more. The No9 would’ve had a tap-in.
13 mins: No real rhytmn about City’s play in the first quarter-of-an-hour or so, which is maybe understandable given the number of changes.
John Stones almost unlocks the door with a terrific pass to Zinchenko but the midfielder’s first-time lay
6 mins: Leeds have made a decent start here with Raphinna driving forward but pulling back just behind Patrick Bamford.
At the other end, Benjamin Mendy’s blushes are spared by the offside flag as he scuffs wide when unmarked eight yards out.
We are underway in Manchester…
Ahead of kick-off, as with all games around the country this weekend, there will be two minutes of silence observed to mark the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, yesterday.
Kick-off at the Eithad is less than ten minutes away…