Leeds United host Manchester City at Elland Road in the Premier League on Saturday.
Fresh from beating Sheffield United last time out, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be full of confidence going into the game having made a big impression in the top-flight so far.
City were beaten by Leicester City 5-2 last weekend, and the club have a number of injury concerns which may make this a real chance for a scalp for Leeds.
Looking ahead to the game was Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright, who believes the West Yorkshire outfit are well placed to take advantage of Pep Guardiola’s ‘fragile’ team.
He said on the Kelly and Wrighty show (quoted by the Metro): “I think Leeds will beat them, he’s [Guardiola’s] gone to 4231 so that says to me he’s obviously not confident in [Eric] Garcia and [Nathan] Ake at the back. Ruben Dias, they’ve just signed him, is he going to come in?
“They should attack this team especially in and around [Benjamin] Mendy, we know what they can do offensively and I’m not sure Leeds are worried, they’ve just got to go for City.
“Man City seem to be in more of a fragile state, and Leeds are like Godzilla, they’re going to have a go at Man City and we will have to see how City react to that.”
TBR’s View – City there for the taking
Leeds, of course, gave Liverpool a huge scare in there first game, so Bielsa and his players will know there’s every chance of a scalp.
As Wright says, £90,000-a-week star Mendy (Spotrac)- a former player of Bielsa’s at Marseille – is a weak link for the Citizens and Helder Costa could be absolutely key for Leeds on the day.
There have been plenty of occasions during Mendy’s time with the club that his defensive positioning has been poor, and the Frenchman could well be a source of joy from a Leeds perspective.
There is always that notion of the ‘wounded animal’, but Leeds will play their usual game and there’s every chance Bielsa’s side can take all three points.