Manchester City 2 Leeds United 1: Reaction, recap and analysis after defeat despite twist

Leeds United took on title favourites Manchester City for the first of four games under new boss Sam Allardyce in the club’s desperate scrap for Premier League safety.
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Here is the full rundown of how the day’s events unfolded at the Etihad.

Manchester City 2 Leeds United 1 recap

Key Events

  • 3pm kick-off at the Etihad
  • New Whites boss Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge
  • Four changes. Meslier dropped.

Predicted Leeds United XI

Good afternoon from the Etihad, Leeds under Big Sam begins

Good afternoon from the Etihad, Leeds under Big Sam begins Good afternoon from the Etihad, Leeds under Big Sam begins
Good afternoon from the Etihad, Leeds under Big Sam begins

Will he or won’t he keep his place in the team is probably the biggest Whites team news question here. Allardyce admitted yesterday that his decision over who starts in goal was probanly one of the biggest calls he had to make. It really could go either way. Expect Allardyce to also pack the midfield, five in the middle with one upfront would be no surprise. Leeds are 19-1 to bag all three points here. Even the draw is nearly 9-1 at 44-5. But you never know. Team news coming at 2pm, arrivals at 1.30pm. Four out for Leeds - Cooper, Sinisterra, Adams and Dallas.

Coming shortly, not expecting any big surprises but it will be intetresting to see Meslier’s demeanour.

Is with the squad. Meslier and Robles both here. Meslier looked very serious, Robles chirpy and smiling, make of that what you will.

The first two out on the pitch, Archie Gray with McKennie. Ayling, Bamford and Koch also there

Roca, Gnonto and Summerville. Klaesson.

Doing the pre-match press.

Gnonto, Summerville and Rutter

The last three on the pitch. Everyone else gone inside.