Leeds United vs Aston Villa predictions – Leeds United line-up
After losing two consecutive games, Leeds United would be aiming to get back to winning ways when they face an in-form Aston Villa team at Elland Road on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are currently third in the table now, three points behind second-placed Sheffield United. Their automatic promotion hopes are hanging by a thread as a result of consecutive defeats.
This Sunday, the Whites face a Villa team who have won their previous 10 games in a row. Hence, it is clear that Bielsa has to stir some magic on his players to get a win against them.
Ezgjan Alioski will miss the remainder of this season after tearing his meniscus. Barry Douglas is also out for the season after he ruptured his knee ligament earlier this month.
Predicted Leeds United XI
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Kiko Casilla (GK)
He is their first-choice keeper and should be in goal on Sunday.
Luke Ayling (RB)
The right-back has been inconsistent in terms of his performance-levels. He needs to improve to stop an in-form Aston Villa attack in the wide areas.
Pontus Jansson (CB)
Jansson wasn’t at his best against Brentford and needs to improve on that this Sunday.
Liam Cooper (CB)
The captain needs to step up and lead this team from the back to help them come back to winning ways.
Stuart Dallas (LB)
With Alioski and Douglas out, we could see Dallas deputising at left-back against Villa.
Kalvin Phillips (CDM)
He was dropped for the Brentford game and the team struggled to cope with counter-attacks. Bielsa must put him back in the XI on Sunday.
Pablo Hernandez (RW)
The Spaniard struggled to harness much impact in the previous game. Leeds need more from him if they are to keep their top-two hopes alive.
Tyler Roberts (RCM)
The Welshman has been flittering in and out of form in the past few weeks. He could start on Sunday but have to improve a lot.
Mateusz Klich (LCM)
The Poland international has started every game and it is clearly visible that he is getting tired. However, Bielsa does not have any options on the bench to replace him. Hence, we are certain to see the 28-year-old start on Sunday.
Jack Clarke (LW)
Jack Harrison hasn’t been great on the left wing, hence Clarke should get his chance to provide something different to the team.
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Kemar Roofe (ST)
Patrick Bamford’s form has taken a downward spiral with some speed. Thus, Roofe should reclaim his place of leading the line on Sunday.