Leeds United vs Manchester City Odds, Pick | Premier League Match Preview

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  • Manchester City are major favorites to defeat Leeds United in the Premier League.
  • How should you be betting the Wednesday afternoon clash?
  • Read on for Johnathan Wright's expert analysis.

Leeds United vs. Manchester City Odds

Wednesday, Dec. 28
3 p.m. ET
USA Network
Leeds United Odds+1100
Manchester City Odds-450
Over/Under3.5 (-115 /-105)
Both Teams to Score (Yes/No)(-135 / +110)
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Manchester City look to keep pace with league leaders Arsenal when they travel to face Leeds United on Wednesday, as we look at the Leeds United vs Manchester City odds and our betting pick.

The Cityzens are currently positioned third in the table, eight points behind the Gunners. The Peacocks, on the other hand, find themselves on the opposite side of the table, sitting just two points above the relegation zone.

If City hope to claim a fifth Premier League title in six years, they cannot afford to drop any more points to lesser talented sides. Here is our breakdown of the  Leeds United vs Manchester City odds and pick for Wednesday.

Leeds United are Short-Staffed

Leeds' exciting start to the season quickly faded, as they have lost five of their last seven EPL matches and are struggling to keep their head above the relegation zone.

American head coach Jesse Marsch is receiving scrutiny for his team's play, as they have just five wins in 17 home matches this year and have given up a goal in 11 consecutive outings.

However, it will take more than good tactics and a motivating pep talk for the Peacocks to overcome Manchester City with the current state of their roster. They could be without ten first-team players due to a mixture of injuries and suspensions.

Given the current circumstances, expect Leeds to back it in defensively, as even though it is unlikely they can come away with a positive result, goal differential could turn out to be a massive factor with such a close race at the bottom of the table.

Manchester City Led by Haaland's Historic Form

Manchester City have an abundance of talent and firepower in the attack, led by Erling Haaland. The Norwegian international was not present at the World Cup, but he quickly shook off any potential rust that would have occurred during the break, scoring ten minutes into City's Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool last week to resume his world-class form.

Haaland's netted 18 goals in just 16 league games, averaging a goal every 58 minutes. He is on pace to score the most goals in a single Premier League campaign, breaking Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole's record of 34.

While Haaland is scoring at a record pace for the City, Pep Guardiola's side also has one of the best defenses in the world, allowing a league-low of 0.80 expected goals per 90 minutes.

So even when teams are able to control the ball against City's possession-heavy style, it's equally hard to break them down.

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Leeds United vs. Manchester City Pick

City have been known to play down to a lesser opponent; look no further than their previous EPL game when they fell 2-1 to Brentford before the World Cup break.

However, they can't afford any more slips up given Arsenal's continued run of form atop of the table, so look for Guardiola to have his side ready to go from the opening whistle against a weakened Leeds United.

Moreover, the two times these teams played last season, City won 4-0 and 7-0. Now add Haaland to that mix, and you can expect the reigning champions to record another blowout result.

Pick: Manchester City -1.75 (-110) | Haaland to Score Over 1.5 Goals (+205) 

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