Aston Villa return to Premier League action on Thursday evening when they travel to Leeds United, looking to make it three victories in a row for the first time this season.
The last two games have seen Villa dismantle Brighton and Southampton 2-0 and 4-0 respectively - putting in a without a doubt two of their most impressive performances to date under Steven Gerrard.
With Ollie Watkins finding his shooting boots at the right time and Philippe Coutinho looking back to his former elite self, the claret and blue go into the contest oozing with confidence.
It’s been all change for Leeds on the other hand with legendary manager Marcelo Bielsa departing and being replaced by former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch.
Thursday’s game will be the first time Marsch has been introduced to the crowd at Elland Road and that in itself will add some extra spice to what is already a usually fiery affair.
When and where is the match?
The game takes place at Leeds United’s home of Elland Road on Thursday March 10th. Kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 (GMT).
Is Leeds United vs Aston Villa on TV?
Yes. If you’re unable to get down to Elland Road on Thursday evening, the game will be live to Amazon customers via Amazon Prime Video. There will also be the option to stream an audio only match commentary of the game via Aston Villa’s VillaTV.
Who is the match referee?
Simon Hooper will be in charge of Thursday night’s contest with Ian Hussin and Darren Cann running the lines. Robert Jones is on fourth official duties with Lee Mason in charge of VAR, assisted by Matthew Wilkes.
Hooper has officiated 10 Premier League games so far this campaign but none of Villa’s. He’s awarded 30 yellow cards in that span with no red cards and no penalties.
Marvelous Nakamba remains the only long term absentee for Villa with everybody else fighting fit for a place in the eleven.
Carney Chukwuemeka will return to the squad after missing the last few through injury whilst Lucas Digne and Ezri Konsa should also come back into contention.
Leeds on the other hand have struggled desperately with injury this season. Tyler Roberts was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign earlier this week whilst Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper also remain long term absentees.
Patrick Bamford could make his first start of 2022 after he found himself back with a spot on the bench for the weekend defeat to Leicester City.
Leeds United: DLLLLL
Aston Villa: WDLLWW
Leeds United: 32 wins
Aston Villa: 40 wins
Leeds United: 17/10
Aston Villa: 6/4
(Correct with SkyBet as of March 9th)
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