Saturday afternoon sees an intriguing contest between Pep Guardiola and his mentor Marcelo Bielsa as newly-promoted Leeds United host Manchester City.
Leeds come into this fixture in good form after back-to-back wins over Fulham at home (4-3) and Sheffield United away (0-1), having put up a good fight against Liverpool in their opening fixture, a 4-3 defeat to the champions at Anfield.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men also come into this contest off the back of a week’s rest, having exited te League Cup at the first hurdle earlier in the season.
Manchester City, meanwhile, lost 5-2 at home to Leicester last Saturday - a shock defeat, and the first time one of Pep Guardiola’s teams have conceded five goals in one match as the Catalan coach enters his 11th year in top-level management.
They looked a bit more like themselves in their midweek 3-0 victory over Burnley in the League Cup, while their defence could be strengthened by the record signing of £62m Benfica man Ruben Dias, although their only two senior strikers - Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero - are sidelined.
This is the first meeting between Leeds and Manchester City since a 2013 FA Cup clash, a comfortable 4-0 victory for City at The Etihad, while this is City’s first trip to Elland Road since March 2004 - a 2-1 win for Leeds, a few weeks before their relegation and subsequent 16-year top-flight exile.
It’s also the first meeting between Bielsa and Guardiola since the 2011/12 season, in which Barcelona took four points from the Argentinian’s Athletic Bilbao side before beating them 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final - Guardiola’s final match in charge of his boyhood club.
In spite of City’s issues last weekend, Betfair Sportsbook still back them as strong favourites to come away with three points here. They’re just 1/3 for the away victory, 9/2 for just a draw, while a home win for Leeds is priced at long odds of 6/1.
Over 2.5 goals - which has been the case in four of the two side’s five Premier League matches so far, with an average of four goals a game - is priced at just 3/10.
We recommend backing another high-scoring game here, with Manchester City’s defence looking increasingly susceptible to teams that have the courage to attack them - as Bielsa’s Leeds undoubtedly will. Paddy Power offer odds of 11/5 for over 4.5 goals here, which was the case in Leeds’ first two matches and City’s defeat last week.
If you’re looking to back a scoreline, a 4-2 victory for Manchester City is available for odds of 22/1.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change