Manchester City v Leeds United live stream, BT Sport, Saturday 10 April, 12.30 BST
Manchester City will be looking to continue their march towards the Premier League title when they welcome Leeds to the Etihad Stadium for the early kick-off on Saturday.
It is only a matter of time before Pep Guardiola’s side get their hands on the trophy for the third time in the last four years, with last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Leicester keeping City 14 points clear of the chasing pack.
That margin is sufficient to allow them to turn their attention to other competitions, as the Premier League leaders seek an unprecedented quadruple. Guardiola has ruled out City winning each of the title, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Champions League, but with each passing week it looks like a distinct possibility.
Manchester City welcome Leeds United to the Etihad Stadium for their first league meeting since December 2003. Since then, City have gone from strength the strength while Leeds suffered three seasons in League One during their 17-year exile from the Premier League.
City have an indifferent record against the Yorkshire whites, with just one win in 6 league matches. The solitary win came in January 2003, when a first half goal by Shaun Goater as added to by a screamer from Niclas Jensen.
The blues last league defeat in this fixture came in January 2001 when a struggling City side were hammered 4-0 by the visitors. While Leeds finished fourth in the league, City were relegated to the Championship after just one season.
Leeds have been a breath of fresh air under Marcelo Bielsa and remain committed to an attacking style of play that has surprised some and spurred them on to fight for a mid-table finish in their first season back in over 15 years.
City are the league’s most prolific side though and will be looking to punish their opponents weaknesses and openings on the counter attack – and Kevin De Bruyne is the perfect man to orchestrate that.
A new contract for the playmaker will give him one less thing to worry about going on to the pitch as he looks to dictate play once again.
The last victory City have over Leeds came in the FA Cup in February 2013, when the blues inflicted a 4-0 thrashing on their opponents. That gained a modicum of revenge for City, who were beaten 5-2 at Maine Road by Leeds in January 2000 in the same competition.