Aston Villa vs. Leeds United: Premier League – Match Preview

Aston Villa will look to record a fifth win in a row this season when they host Leeds United on Friday evening.

Ross Barkley scored a last minute winner last weekend as Villa won 1-0 away at Leicester City.

The goal means they are the only side with a 100% record in England’s top four divisions as they look to build on last campaigns remarkable survival.

Leeds United have made a solid start to life back in the Premier League, however were beaten by Wolves on Monday.

Leeds dominated the first half, however Raul Jimenez’s deflected goal was the difference at Elland Road.

Match history
Three of the last five meetings between the two have finished as draws, although all of these fixtures came in the Championship.

The last meeting between the two saw the incredible moment when Leeds allowed Villa to score after their controversial opening goal.

Last five league meetings (All Championship)
Leeds United 1 Aston Villa 1 – 28/04/19
Aston Villa 2 Leeds United 3 – 23/12/18
Aston Villa 1 Leeds United 0 – 13/04/18
Leeds United 1 Aston Villa 1 – 01/12/17
Aston Villa 1 Leeds United 1 – 29/12/16

Team news
Aston Villa are unlikely to make any changes from the side that won at Leicester.

This will see Barkley keep his spot in the side, with Jack Grealish being deployed in a wide midfield role.

Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out with a shoulder injury and could miss up to six weeks.

Liam Cooper remains a big doubt himself, with fellow defender Diego Llorente ruled out.

Expected starting XI’s
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins
Leeds United (4-5-1): Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Koch, Alioski; Raphinha, Klich, Strujik, Moreno, Harrison; Bamford

Predictions

Result: Aston Villa
Aston Villa have won their last four home Premier League matches

Correct Score: 1-0
Aston Villa have kept clean sheets in three of their first four league matches, whilst there have been under 2.5 goals in

Anytime Goalscorer: Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish has scored three goals in his first four matches this season

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