Aston Villa are hoping to continue their superb start to the Premier League season when they welcome Leeds United to Villa Park on Friday night.
Dean Smith’s side are currently second in the table, having won all four of their games so far including a 7-2 demolition of champions Liverpool, while Leeds are comfortably middle of the pack but hope to get back to winning ways after defeat to Wolves last time out.
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Here’s what we fancy for Friday’s game…
Villa’s start to the new Premier League season has been remarkable given how close they came to dropping straight back into the Championship last season. Dean Smith’s side have already picked up more than one-third of their points tally last season after just four games and seem to have already gone a long way towards securing their Premier League survival.
In truth, they will probably be targeting something a bit more appealing than merely surviving in the Premier League having won their opening four games and they have an excellent chance of making it five wins out of five against Leeds on Friday night.
Leeds have been hot and cold so far this season; they were sensational in defeat against Liverpool on the opening day of the season and they gave as good as they got in their home draw with Manchester City before the international break, but they were also uninspired in defeat against Wolves and fortunate to beat Sheffield United.
They now head to Villa Park without Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper and the early season optimism at Elland Road may continue to dissipate on Friday evening.
After two games, Leeds looked capable of conceding and scoring three in every single game they played. They were shambolic at the back in parts against Fulham and Liverpool, but they were scintillating going forward against both sides as well.
However, the goals have dried up considerably in Leeds games since that 4-3 thriller at home to Fulham. Marcelo Bielsa’s side snatched a late winner at Bramall Lane in an unconvincing win against Sheffield United, before capitalising on an Ederson error to rescue a draw against City.
Most recently, they faded badly in a home defeat against Wolves and they may struggle to find the back of the net again on Friday night because Villa have been excellent at the back this season.
They boast the best defensive record in the league by some distance, having kept three clean sheets after four games and they seem to have immeasurably improved with the signing of Emiliano Martinez. They will prove incredibly difficult to break down for Leeds’s out of form forwards.
Villa new boy Ollie Watkins may have only scored in one league game this season, but it did come in the form of a hat-trick against champions Liverpool. The new signing has also bagged two League Cup goals and played a huge role in the sending off of John Egan in Villa’s opening league game of the season.
The former Brentford striker has been a thorn in the side of every side he has faced and proved his goalscoring prowess last season with an eye-catching 25 league goals. He has not been fazed by his big money move to Villa Park and he can continue his good start to the season by finding the back of the net on Friday night.
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Leeds huffed and puffed against Wolves to no avail, but they did rack up a significant number of corners as they probed for a goal. It could be more of the same on Friday night, with Villa likely to cede possession and frustrate Marcelo Bielsa’s men, which could lead to corner kicks.
Leeds have had seven or more corners in each of their last three league games, and have recorded an average of seven across their last four league games. Villa, meanwhile, have averaged five corners a game across their last five games and do venture forward at every possible juncture. With that in mind, we should see more than 10 corners at Villa Park on Friday night.
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