Aston Villa vs Leeds United: Championship match preview, team news, and live talkSPORT 2 commentary stream
Aston Villa host Leeds United today hoping to stop their opponents taking the Championship top spot for Christmas Day.
Dean Smith’s side are still in the promotion hunt, despite sitting 11th as they are just six points off fourth placed Middlesbrough, while victory is needed for Marcelo Bielsa’s side to leapfrog current leaders Norwich City.
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What the managers are saying
Dean Smith (Aston Villa): “It is going to be one hell of a game. It is going to be our toughest game so far.
“They have a very good head coach. It will be certainly a chess game with both teams playing in a similar way.”
Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United): “It is the last rival that we haven’t played against. Aston Villa are a team with a very significant offensive strength.
“They are good in the collective play and good with their individual players, they also have many good players. If we take into account these aspects, there are many similar points to the game against West Bromwich Albion.
“If you ask me if Aston Villa have players to get promoted- my answer would be yes. Do the have the structure to go up? Yes and they have a great head coach.”
For Villa, Albert Adomah is expected to return to the squad but Jack Grealish will be absent again with a shin injury. Henri Lansbury and Mile Jedinak are doubts.
Leeds, meanwhile, have revealed Luke Ayling could return for the trip.
Aston Villa XI: Nyland; Hutton, Taylor, Tuanzebe, Chester; Whelan, Hourihane, McGinn; El-Ghazi, Abraham, Bolasie.
Source: SportsLatest TS