Aston Villa will travel up to Yorkshire where they will face off against Leeds United on the evening kick off in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Leeds enter this game off the back of a 3-0 home victory against Southampton, after losing their previous two to Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively. The Yorkshire outfit find themselves 11th in the table at the moment, just two places and one point behind their challengers this weekend, Aston Villa.
Villa lost their last Premier League at the hands of Leicester City, in a disappointing 1-2 defeat at home. Bertrand Traore added to his goal tally for the season, but strikes from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes were enough for the foxes to claim all three points. Villa currently sit 8th in the table, with two games in hand on most other clubs.
Leeds are still without Kalvin Phillips, arguably the sides most influential player. As well as this, striker Rodrigo is still on the sidelines for this weekend. Leeds could see the return of Mateusz Klich on Saturday, after the boss Marcelo Bielsa teases that he "doesn't know" if he will be available for selection.
Villa manager Dean Smith confirmed this morning that Jack Grealish will not be playing against Leeds due to a 'lower leg' injury. He did however tell reporters that Grealish will be assessed in the coming days and could make a return against Sheffield United on Wednesday. Matty Cash is still on the sidelines for Villa after he missed out last weekend through injury too.
Leeds: Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski, Klich, Raphinha, Roberts, Dallas, Harrison, Bamford.
Villa: Martinez, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Elmohamady, Nakamba, McGinn, Sanson, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi
These two sides met earlier on in the season at Villa Park, where it was the visitors Leeds who ran out comfortable 0-3 winners.
It was 0-0 at half time with all to play for, but Bielsa's half time team talk must have awoken his side and Patrick Bamford in particular as he scored a second half hattrick to secure all three points.
Ones To Watch
Raphinha has been unstoppable for Leeds of late. He scored a beautiful free kick to score the third goal for United in their last game, and has scored five goals in his debut season for the club. As well as this, he has got five assists to his name and will be looking to feed Bamford, who has 13 goals this campaign.
Morgan Sanson is yet to start a game for the Villans since his £14m move from Marseille. With a dip in the form of Ross Barkley, fans could see Sanson make his first start in this Villa midfield. In his substitute appearances, Sanson has looked composed and often moves the ball quickly with intent. It could be a great opportunity to show the fans why Villa paid the price for him.
Where to Watch
UK residents will be to find the game on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 17:00, with the kick off being at 15:30.