There will be an entertaining game in the Premier League on Saturday evening, as Leeds United look for a second straight win against Aston Villa to move up to eighth in the league standings.
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It has been an excellent return to the top-flight for Leeds United so far this season, and they will be looking to continue the momentum that they have built up with a 12th win of the campaign against Aston Villa. Both sides have enjoyed strong seasons this term, and could have eyes on one of the Europa League spots given the faltering performances of the teams above them in the league positions. Leeds haven’t really found the consistency that is needed to move into that challenge, as they haven’t won back-to-back games in their last six. However, they have won three games during this time, but have also been beaten on six occasions. They are certainly one of the most engaging teams to watch in the league this term, as they have scored 43 goals and conceded 43 goals in the 25 games that they have played.
Villa’s chances of moving into the Europa League places have been hindered over the past seven days, as it was announced that club captain Jack Grealish will be missing for a month through injury. Grealish’s impact on this Villa side is clear for all to see, and they certainly miss him when he isn’t there. That was evident last weekend, as the Villa lacked cutting edge in the final third when losing 2-1 to Leicester City. They will need Ross Barkley to step up this weekend to fill the void left by the Englishman. A win for Villa could see them close to within a point of Liverpool, but defeat could see them end the weekend in the bottom half of the standings.
Leeds United vs Aston Villa Head To Head
The majority of games between these sides in recent years have come in the Championship. However, the first top-flight meeting since 2004 came earlier this season, as Leeds ran out 3-0 winners. It was an amazing performance by Patrick Bamford on that occasion, as the Leeds number nine scored a hat-trick at Villa Park.
Leeds United vs Aston Villa Prediction
Leeds have the attacking players to inflict a big defeat on Villa this weekend, and the absence of Grealish is telling. The hosts should claim the win.
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