The Match-Week 24 of the Premier League kicked off over the weekend and will feature Aston Villa taking on Leeds United on Thursday, 9th February at 01:30 AM IST. The fixture will take place at Villa Park and hence, will be an away game for the Whites.
Aston Villa are currently sitting 11th in the league, drawn on points with former champions Leicester City. The Villans are coming from a hard fought 1-0 victory against Everton. After doing good business in January, manager Steven Gerrard will now be focusing on reshaping his team for the rest of the season.
Aston Villa Premier League form: W L L D W
On the other hand, Leeds are currently sitting 15th in the league and have not shown the same potential as they did last season. They are coming from a 0-1 defeat against last placed Newcastle United. The team’s questionable form is under a lot of criticism as Marcelo Bielsa looks to turn the tide around.
Leeds United Premier League form: L L W W L
Aston Villa vs Leeds United: The Villans’ team news and injury updates:
The Lions will be without Marvelous Nakamba, who is sidelined until spring due to a knee injury, and Leon Bailey who is closer to return from a thigh injury. The side will welcome Bertrand Traore back following his AFCON duties, while Trezeguet has completed his loan move to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The addition of Callum Chambers will provide some comfort to the backline. However, he is likely to be on the bench for this one, as Gerrard would be hesitant to make any changes in the lineup.
Aston Villa Predicted Lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho
Aston Villa vs Leeds United: The Whites’ team news and injury updates:
Marcelo Bielsa continues to miss Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Philips, Junior Firpo and Liam Cooper. Raphinha will be doubtful but is expected to shake off a minor injury sustained during his international duties for Brazil.
Jamie Shackleton, Adam Forshaw and Charlie Cresswell are expected to return to the bench. Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt will be waiting in the wings if necessary.
Leeds Predicted Lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Koch, Dallas; Klich, Forshaw; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison; James
Our score predictions: Aston Villa 2-1 Leeds
The Villans have been busy strengthening their squad, while Leeds continue to miss major players due to injury. With decent form, Gerrard’s men are expected to dominate with Bielsa’s wingers Jack Harrison and Raphinha looking to cause trouble for the opposition.
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