Leeds United vs Aston Villa - Premier League Preview
25 Feb 2021 12:24 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Leeds United will be aiming to register back-to-back Premier League wins when they host Aston Villa at Elland Road on Saturday evening, and are the bookmakers favorites to win their home game. If you are looking to bet on the game, you can use this Ladbrokes free bet to help you get started.
The Whites recently registered a 3-0 triumph over Southampton at home and that saw them return to the top half of the table in 10th ahead of Arsenal. Up next, they are scheduled to welcome the Villans, who have lost momentum lately with just one win from the previous four league matches. The west Midlands outfit are currently eighth on the table, one point ahead of Leeds but with two games in hand against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Leeds won the reverse meeting at Villa Park with a 3-0 scoreline. They are aiming to do the league double over the Villans for the first time since the 1975/76 season. In the previous five encounters, Leeds have had the edge over Villa with two wins to one but the last two meetings at Elland Road have ended in 1-1 draws.
Patrick Bamford bagged his maiden Premier League hat-trick during the 3-0 triumph at Villa Park in October. Prior to that, he scored two goals in six meetings against them. Bamford will come up against one of the best goalkeepers this season in Emiliano Martinez, who has kept 12 clean sheets from 23 games with a superb save percentage of 78.6.
Leeds have plenty of injuries. Gaetano Berardi, Rodrigo Moreno, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Kalvin Phillips, Robin Koch and Jamie Shackleton are ruled out for the game. Mateusz Klich recently suffered a back problem and is a major doubt to face the Villans.
For the Villans, Matty Cash, Kortney Hause and Wesley Moraes are definitely out injured. Jack Grealish missed the recent clash against Leicester City with a minor leg injury but manager Dean Smith was hopeful over the midfielder’s return for the Leeds clash.
Leeds United (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Ezgjan Alioski; Pascal Struijk; Helder Costa, Raphinha, Stuart Dallas, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Matt Targett, Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Ahmed El Mohamady; John McGinn, Douglas Luiz; Bertrand Traore, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish; Ollie Watkins.
Leeds have looked less secure on the defensive side in the absence of Phillips and hence, there is the possibility of them conceding goals. However, the likes of Bamford, Raphinha and Dallas are in a good run of form on the opposite end and it could be a high-scoring contest with a share of the spoils.
Leeds United 2-2 Aston Villa
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and FBref.com