Game week 35 Predictions: Man City to run over Leeds and Sam Allardyce - Premier League preview, Betting tips, Team news
|Man City looks set to win the league again, they have to go through Leeds United and Sam Allardyce, is there a chance they can be stopped? (Photo credit: Inside Sport)|
"A lot of people think I’m old and not good enough; I say there’s no manager in the league that knows more than I do, not Pep Guardiola, not Jurgen Klopp, not Mikel Arteta," said Sam Allardyce.
The relegation specialist is back in the league, and he is talking tough.
It didn’t quite pan out well for Allardyce last time out with West Brom as he got relegated for the first time, and he’s here to reclaim that respect as the "great escape" merchant.
Leeds United looks a lot like a relegation candidate, facing Man City, a team fighting for the title and, by extension, the treble.
You’re sure to have a difficult afternoon, and you would want to ask if the Elland Road landlords have what it takes to survive.
Manchester City now hold the advantage in the title race; they will be champions as it stands, and no one would expect Leeds United to stop them.
The game against West Ham showed how City can adapt to their opponent of the day.
The champions also have an eye on the game against Real Madrid in midweek, which could offer some hope to the visitors.
But as much as Allardyce is known for "haram ball", does he have the material to frustrate City defensively?
Pep Guardiola can rotate ahead of the Real Madrid game and still field a strong side.
The Allardyce press conference can also annoy Guardiola into going all out against Leeds, but with or without that, is there anything in there for Leeds to get something here?
Leeds will set up to defend, but for a side that ships goals for fun, who are those players that would fit into the new manager’s style of demonic defending?
Expect lots of bookings; the Leeds players will struggle to keep up with the pace of the City players.
It will be a tough afternoon.
Erling Haaland is hungry; Guardiola can afford to rest his record-breaker, 35 goals in 31 league games; are Leeds ready to face him?
Kevin De Bruyne missed the double game week, and City didn’t exactly miss him; he can be fielded for some momentum ahead of the Champions League game.