Leeds United is slowly approaching to the Europa League race. Their revival has been predicted and now it seems to be capitalised earlier than expected. They are ready to making their return to the continental competition. All they need is more consistency, especially when they take on the high profile team such as Aston Villa in their next outing this weekend.
Both teams’ previous games
Patrick Bamford and Co secured a victory at home last Tuesday after smashing Southampton 3-0. Bamford himself opened the scoring, followed by Stuart Dallas’s and Raphinha’s goals. Such has brought them to the top ten in the standings.
The Villans, on the other hand, suffered a 1-2 loss from Leicester City last weekend. James Maddison and Harvey Barnes once again were the star for The Foxes’ triumph through his goals while Aston Villa only managed to reply once by Bertrand Traore.
Marcelo Bielsa might be opting for 3-3-3-1 again as in the previous outing due to a number of key men on the sideline, including Mateusz Klitch, Robin Koch, Kalvin Phillps, Ivan Ocampo, Rodrigo Moreno, Adam Forshaw, Gaetano Berradi and Jamier Shackelton. At the backline, Stuart Dallas will be accompanied by Diego Llorente and Egjan Alionski In the midfield, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk will be operating in front of the defence while Tyler Roberst, Raphinha and Jack Harrison are supporting Bamford the targetman.
Meanwhile, Dean Smith will have to think of an alternative tactical approach or formation here as Jack Grealish is ruled out for his injury along with Kortney Hause and Matty Cash. He should opt for 4-3-2-1 or 4-3-3 instead of 4-2-3-1. Ross Barkley is the best one to cover the skipper’s role as the anchorman. He could operate behind Ollie Watkins and accompanied by Bertrand Traore as the attacking midfielder. Another option is employing their new signing, the former Marseille man, Morgan Sanson as the playmaker.
Players to watch
Patrick Bamford is certainly the key man of Leeds’ this season. He has bagged 13 goals and provided five assists so far. Another notable name to watch is the versatile Jack Harrison and the winger Raphinha.
Aston Villa will have to rely on Ollie Watkins who has netted 10 goals and made 2 assists. Another key man to watch is the former Ajax and Lyon man, Bertrand Traore who has contributed five goals and three assists.
Leeds United vs Aston Villa Prediction
Bielsa’s men should be able to pick up another win here as Aston Villa will be without their skipper. Although the home side has a number of defensive players on the sideline, Leeds United have bigger chance to snatch three points. A narrow win for the home side is more likely.