Leeds United will be looking to end their three-game winless streak in the Premier League when Steven Gerrard’s out-of-sorts Aston Villa side visit Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.
The Lilywhites have picked up eight points from their opening six games and sit 11th in the table, but a win at the expense of the struggling Villa could move them into a place in Europe.
Leeds have only lost twice in the league so far, the latter of which came in an embarrassing 5-2 thumping at the hands of Brentford, courtesy of an Ivan Toney hat-trick.
It was a frustrating time out for the Whites, and Jesse Marsch’s red card added insult to their already bruised ego.
With the state funeral of the Queen taking priority, security concerns surrounding their showdown with Nottingham Forest and Manchester United led to the postponement of those games.
The international break also handed Marsch more time to reminisce on his side’s tepid display at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Leeds can be dangerous on their day, but as they are without a win since their dominating 3-0 victory over Chelsea, they will look to feast on a Villa side that have been far from convincing.
Gerrard’s side have only picked up seven points from seven games and have suffered the most losses, along with Southampton, so far this season.
Villa returned to winning ways when they welcomed the Saints to Villa Park in what was a dull affair.
The only spark in the game was Jacob Ramsey’s 41st-minute strike that ensured Villa’s victory after four matches without a win.
Their narrow success did little to elevate their standings, as Villa occupy 15th spot in the table, one point ahead of Crystal Palace, who have a game in hand and three above the relegation zone.
Gerrard will hope his side can muster a better performance to vanquish Leeds despite their terrible away record.
Villa’s visit to Elland Road will be Leeds’ first competitive action in nearly a month so they may be a little rusty, but their home form will boost their chances of getting a positive result.
The Whites have managed to go unbeaten in their first four home games in all competitions of a top-flight campaign (W3, D1) for the first time since 2001/02.
Although they drew their most recent one against Everton at the end of August, they are one of only five teams to have conceded just two goals at home so far.
They will look to draw confidence from their impressive record to ensure a win against a side they have not had much luck with on home soil.
They may have landed the three points in a disenchanting manner, but it will not matter much to Gerrard, who was more than happy to see his side snatch a much-needed win.
However, their trip to Leeds will pose a concern for the English manager as his side does not boast the best away record.
Villa have suffered four defeats from their last four away matches in the Premier League, conceding ten goals in the process, but they have recorded back-to-back wins at Leeds since 2020.
Villa are also unbeaten in their last four league games at Elland Road since a 2-0 defeat in December 2016 (W2, D2).
Leeds United vs Aston Villa Potential Line-ups
Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Liam Cooper, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk; Tyler Adams, Marc Roca; Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
Aston Villa (4-3-2-1): Emiliano Martinez; Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Ludwig Augustinsson; John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey; Leon Bailey, Philippe Coutinho; Ollie Watkins.
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Leeds United vs Aston Villa Prediction
Leeds will be looking to extend their unbeaten home record despite Marsch’s absence and their appalling form at home to Villa.
The Villans have not done much to suggest they have what it takes to overpower a well-rested Leeds side, so we back the Whites to continue their fine form with a win.
Leeds United 3-1 Aston Villa
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