Aston Villa v Leeds Betting Preview | 13th April
In our Aston Villa v Leeds betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head to head, popular bets and more for Friday’s Championship fixture.
Aston Villa v Leeds Championship Betting Preview
Venue: Villa Park
Aston Villa will be aiming to keep alive their hopes of automatic promotion when they play host to struggling Leeds on Friday night.
Villa boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a priceless 1-0 win over Cardiff in midweek and another victory on home soil against Leeds will at least secure a play-off spot for Steve Bruce’s men.
Villa are looking to close in on second-placed Fulham but remain five points behind the final automatic promotion place with just four games to play.
Leeds have on the other hand been in freefall since the turn of the year with just two wins in their last 18 games to ramp up the pressure on Paul Heckingbottom.
The two sides drew 1-1 at Elland Road in December when both sides looked to be in contention for promotion, but things have changed dramatically for Leeds.
Heckinbottom was brought in to replace Thomas Christisensen in February, but he has unable to transform Leeds’ fortunes since his arrival at Elland Road.
Leeds were in fifth place on Boxing Day, but have slipped down to 14th spot following their disastrous run of form to end any hopes of winning promotion back to the Premier League this season.
Leeds have not picked up a win away from home since the Boxing Day victory at Burton, while Villa have the third best home record after Cardiff City and Wolves.
This is a must-win game for Villa if they are to claim automatic promotion and with Leeds desperate for another disappointing season to come to an end a home win looks on the cards.
John Terry is set to miss out again for Aston Villa after missing the midweek win over Cardiff with an ankle problem
Alan Hutton is closing in on a comeback after a hamstring problem but the match comes too soon for him while Axel Tuanzebe looks set to miss out after being forced off against Cardiff with an injury.
Birkir Bjarnason is available again after being forced to withdraw from starting XI against Cardiff during the warm-up due to back spasms.
Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom has a host of injuries to contend with and will continue to rely on a number of players from the club’s under-23 squad.
Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Laurens De Bock, Adam Forshaw, Eunan O’Kane, Matthew Pennington, Tyler Roberts and Conor Shaughnessy are all expected to miss the match.
Defender Gaetano Berardi is serving a suspension, while Pontus Jansson is also set to miss out after picking up concussion which forced him off in the second half of Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Preston.
Potential Derby Starting XI: Aston Villa 4-4-1-1 formation: Johnstone; El Mohamady, Chester, Jedinak, Bree; Whelan, Hourihane, Snodgrass, Adomah; Grealish, Grabban
Potential Leeds Starting XI: Leeds 4-2-3-1 formation: Peacock-Farrell; Dallas, O’Connor, Diaz; Pearce, Phillips, Vieira, Hernandez; Saiz, Alioski, Roofe
Stats & Facts
- Steve Bruce has never lost a home match against Leeds as a manager (W5 D2), facing a different manager each time (Venables, Gray, Blackwell, Wise, Warnock, Evans and Monk).
- In their last ten games against the Aston Villa Leeds have only lost once.
- Villa have won 13 home league games this season, their best tally in a season since 1992-93 (also 13) – they haven’t won 14 since the 1983-84 campaign.
Head To Head
Villa wins 38, Leeds wins 30, draws 29
Aston Villa 8/15, Draw 7/2, Leeds 13/2
- Villa win and BTS 9/4
Both teams to score: 10/11