The Premier League champions tonight resume the defence of their Premier League title away at Elland Road sitting eight points off leaders Arsenal with this game in hand. City and Leeds are the final two teams back in action after the six-week break for the World Cup, and nearly all of the champions’ rivals have won to crank up the pressure.
While Erling Haaland had the tournament off, City have since lost Ruben Dias to fitness issues while World Cup winner Julian Alvarez is being given extra time off after being crowned a champion. The likes of Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva are on a very strong bench for City.
For Leeds, goalkeeper Illan Meslier was a doubt after a bout of glandular fever, but is passed fit, while Tyler Adams is suspended after being shown a red card before the break. Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog.
Leeds vs Man City latest news
GOAL! Haaland fires home his second
GOAL! Haaland doubles City’s lead
GOAL! Rodri scores in first-half injury time
How to watch: Amazon Prime
Score prediction: A stroll for City
Leeds United FC 1 - 3 Manchester City FC
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So, Haaland is 20-up for the season and City are back up to second. A straightforward night, eventually.
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96min: There we go, job done at Elland Road for City.
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90min: Five minutes added on.
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88min: Stones throws a leg at the ball from 12 yards out after a bit of penalty area pinball, but the shot flies over.
Palmer is on for Mahrez.
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87min: City in control at walking pace. Seeing this one out.
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83min: Final Leeds sub as Gyabi replaces Aaronson.
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80min: Oof! Gelhardt inches away from finishing inside the far post, thanks to a low ball from Greenwood.
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78min: Haaland looks certain to complete his hat-trick, but he can’t get the ball out of his feet to allow Meslier time to save.
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73min: Leeds have one back! Struijk heads home the free kick from the left.
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73min: Grealish makes way.
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72min: Foden being readied.
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69min: Lewis makes way.
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67min: Here comes Cancelo.
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64min: A second for Haaland!
Grealish again with the assist, cutting back from the byline for another simple finish.
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64min: Greenwood fires straight into the wall.
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63min: First booking of the game sees youngster Lewis penalised for a tug on Gnonto.
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60min: Almost a sublime third for City as De Bruyne and Haaland combine to slip Gundogan into the area, he just needs to apply the finish but his touch is poor and he skies a shot.
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55min: That was Haaland's 44th goal in 42 games across 2022.
You wouldn't bet against him getting another in his final match of the year.
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52min: Haaland gets his goal but this is all about Grealish, who nicks the ball off Cooper to run through on goal and lay it on a plate for the striker.
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48min: Grealish wiped out again, this time by Kristensen who is lucky to escape a yellow.
Another booking for him, by the way, would rule him out for Leeds’ next game as it would be his fifth of the season.
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46min: We are back underway.
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Here come the teams for the second half.
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So it was Amazon’s manager cam which Walker earlier removed. It’s been put back, so I’ll let you know how long it lasts this time.
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Rodri with basically the last kick of the first half gives City the lead. Haaland has missed two good chances, and Grealish a healthy handful.
City should run away with this now.
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48min: And that’s half-time!
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47min: That's how you finish!
Rodri with the breakthrough in first-half injury time after fine work from De Bruyne in the build-up.
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45min: Deary me, Grealish could have had a hat-trick in the first half. He’s just skied another from eight yards with the goal gaping
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43min: Grealish hasn’t got his shooting boots or his passing boots on. He tries to spot the diagonal run of Mahrez into the area, and almost finds him, but it’s never creating a chance to score.
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40min: Another free kick for City, another fine delivery from De Bruyne. This time Grealish is the target with a low pass towards the edge of the area, which he skies high and wide.
McCoist on commentary is convinced Grealish wasn’t expecting to be passed to, and he may be right.
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37min: It does feel like it’s just a matter of time before City score, but they are running out of it ahead of half-time.
Grealish the latest to have a shot blocked inside the area.
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33min: Grealish fires over the bar from inside the area. City getting closer.
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31min: Haaland should score!
De Bruyne spots the run towards the striker, perfectly weighted, but Haaland cannot beat Meslier, who makes a great save with his feet.
Should be 1-0.
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30min: Easy to see Leeds' plan for Grealish: don't give him a second on the ball. Is being double- and tripled-teamed every time he touches the ball.
He wins a corner for City, though, which is whipped in by De Bruyne which Meslier clutches out of the air.
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28min: Walker, a substitute tonight, has just been shown on the Amazon Prime stream removing a microphone and/or camera perched on the City bench.
I mean, fair enough I guess?
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24min: City back to controlling things, here. Stones and Ake in particular pushing forwards to support the attack. Leeds firmly penned in.
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21min: Woof. Gundogan looks to surprise Meslier with a shot from fully 35 yards, with plenty of other options available, and it’s inches wide.
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18min: A sloppy tackle by Gundogan, around 18 yards from Leeds’ goal, on Cooper gives away a needless free kick. Lucky not to be booked.
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Mahrez finds De Bruyne around 35 yards out on the angle, spots the run of Gundogan into the area but it’s a few inches ahead of his bonce.
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13min: Leeds seeing more of the ball now, and trying to slow the play down a bit after a frantic start. City are chomping at the bit, though.
Entertaining opening at Elland Road.
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10min: Meslier, back to work after a bout of glandular fever, having to face Haaland. You don’t envy him.
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7min: De Bruyne with a trademark whipped short from the edge of the area, after a Lewis layoff, which spins wide.
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6min: De Bruyne looks for Haaland with a fizzed ball into the area, but Meslier is quick off his line to smother.
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4min: Mahrez picks himself up to take, spots Haaland’s dart into the area but the striker is quickly crowded out.
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3min: Leeds give away a free kick around 30 yards out after a foul on Mahrez.
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1min: Almost a goal for Haaland after just 40 seconds!
Ake spots the striker's run, who tries to lob Meslier but the keeper gets enough of a palm on it to divert the ball away.
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1min: Here we go!
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Here come the teams.
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This young fan wants a late Christmas present from the champions.
Kick-off is in 10 minutes.
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He looks alright. Don’t know what Pep is talking about (also: he knows better than me).
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Erling Haaland starts against the city of his birth. He also faces his former manager at RB Salzburg. I can’t imagine he’ll have any concerns about scoring tonight.
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Leeds boss Jesse Marsch, without USA captain Tyler Adams through suspension, made two changes from the side which lost at Tottenham before the World Cup break.
Adam Forshaw made his first competitive appearance since August in place of Adams and Sam Greenwood made his third Premier League start for the club.
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So, the big news is that Rico Lewis is in for his first Premier League start with Manchester City, replacing Joao Cancelo at right-back.
Elsewhere, Stones and Akanji start, while Grealish gets the nod ahead of Foden.
Man City XI
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Rico Lewis is in at right-back for his first Premier League start!
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Here’s how the hosts look.
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Kalvin Phillips is in the Manchester City squad tonight, despite being “overweight”. That was Pep’s words, not mine.
Foden and Cancelo benched?
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Early team news reports claim both Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo could be starting on the bench tonight.
Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland are expected to start.
Haaland ‘won’t be seduced by Leeds'
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Pep Guardiola does not expect Erling Haaland to be softened up by any nice words from Leeds ahead of his return to the city of his birth.
Haaland, aho has scored 24 goals in just 19 appearances for City, was born in the West Yorkshire city in 2000 during his father Alf-Inge's three-year spell as a defender with the Whites.
He grew up supporting Leeds - as well as City, where father Alf-Inge subsequently played - and the encounter is sure to be a poignant one for the Haaland family.
Adding to the sentiment, the game will also reunite Haaland with Jesse Marsch, the Leeds manager under whom he played earlier in his career at RB Salzburg.
Marsch has spoken of his "incredible relationship" with the player and joked that he would not mind if Haaland had a "small hamstring injury" on the day of the game.
But City boss Guardiola said: "It will not be a friendly game. They want to win, we want to win. Their fans will push their team.
"Hopefully Erling cannot be contaminated with the nice words from the opponent. I think he will be ready and I'm pretty sure Jesse would prefer to play with our good players on the pitch."
Guardiola: Leeds a tough game
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Pep Guardiola said Leeds would not have been his first choice to restart their Premier League campaign against and expects a tough test against the division's "most aggressive" side later on Wednesday.
City, who lost to Brentford in their final league game before the World Cup break, trail leaders Arsenal by eight points. Newcastle United have leapfrogged Guardiola's side into second, a point above City but having played two games more.
Guardiola said his players had to be switched on against Leeds. "One of the toughest games, I would have preferred another opponent than Leeds in the moment after the World Cup. It's the most aggressive team in the Premier League," he added.
"Their guys don't give you time to think. You have to be precise and you have to be in a high level to do it in the situation we have after our defeat against Brentford."
City can cut the deficit to Arsenal to five points with a win on Wednesday and Guardiola was determined to keep the leaders within striking distance.
"You have to be alert and be careful because if the distance is bigger, it'll be so difficult to catch them."
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Jesse Marsch has not exactly made Leeds the most defensively sound team in the league and that could make for easy pickings for Erling Haaland and Co.
A 3-1 Man City win.
Foden back in the starting XI?
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Manchester City will tonight be without Ruben Dias, Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips.
Dias is set to be sidelined for a month due to a hamstring injury, while Alvarez has been given time off after helping Argentina win the World Cup. City manager Pep Guardiola has said England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was “overweight” when he returned from the World Cup and the £45million summer signing will not feature against his former club at Elland Road.
Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are set to compete for Dias’ spot on the left side of City’s central defensive partnership. Both having played in the Carabao Cup win over Liverpool on Thursday, when Erling Haaland was back among the goals after a break for the World Cup.
Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo were unused substitutes in that match and should be named in the starting line-up while Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Jones Stones push for a return to the XI.
Where to watch
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TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on Amazon Prime Video.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the Amazon Prime Video app and website.
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Good evening and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Leeds and Manchester City.
The final match of gameweek 17 kicks off at 8pm tonight at Elland Road as the champions look to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal.
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