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Manchester City: Predicted XI, team news ahead of Leeds United

Manchester City will be looking to take another step closer to the Premier League title when they take on Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kick off.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one of the few teams to have taken points off City this season as they earned a 1-1 draw at Elland Road earlier in the campaign.

The Whites have enjoyed an impressive season in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship last year and will comfortably stay up, so they will be full of confidence ahead of their trip to the Etihad.

Guardiola will undoubtedly want to play a strong side against the Yorkshire outfit but will have one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League second leg against Borussia Dortmund, so rotation seems likely.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects the Spanish manager to line up on Saturday, with six changes from the side which started in the 2-1 win against Dortmund in midweek…

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Ederson is one of just five players to keep their place for this one, with the Brazilian closing in on the Golden Glove this season.

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There are two changes in defence, as Aymeric Laporte comes in for John Stones, who is rested ahead of Wednesday, whilst the “incredible” Kyle Walker drops out after a disappointing display in midweek, with Joao Cancelo moving to right-back.

This allows Oleksandr Zinchenko to come in at left-back, and he could provide a more defensively secure option than Benjamin Mendy, which may prove pivotal in City’s hopes of nullifying the dangerous Raphinha.

In midfield, Fernandinho comes in for Ilkay Gundogan to provide City with some protection against Leeds’ counterattacks alongside Rodri.

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Only Bernardo Silva keeps his place in attack, with Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all rested ahead of the trip to Germany, with Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres starting on the wings, whilst Sergio Aguero starts up front.

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