Aston Villa vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting : The Premier League looks closer and more competitive this year with the underdogs and the lower ranked teams putting up a tough fight against the usual suspects.
Aston Villa has been one of those sides who have had a great season until now without facing a defeat in 4 games. They are set to face Leeds United on Friday who look rejuvenated after getting promoted to the premier league matches for the first time in 16 years.
Even though the hosts have a little bit of extra momentum going into this game, Leeds United have showed no signs of backing down that was clearly visible when they played against Liverpool and Man City which gives rise to a cracker of a game on Friday.
Aston Villa vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Aston Villa vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Aston Villa didn’t have a smooth ride in the 2019 season with a 17th place finish in the premier league but making it to the finals of the EFL Cup or the Carabao Cup helped them repair the dent that was created in other competitions. But looking at their 2020 season so far, they have had a dramatic turn in fortunes with every player contributing to team’s success.
In the recent outings, the team has managed to win 7 games in 8 appearances and have scored 19 goals in the same period accounting to 2.38 goals per game so far. They are currently 2nd in the premier league points table with 4 wins in 4 games that includes a 7-2 thumping against the defending champions and a 1-0 win against Leicester on Sunday. A win on Friday means that they can go on top of the table.
On the other hand, Leeds United have arrived to the big stage after an exceptional season in the EFL Championship in 2019-20. Even though they weren’t up to the mark in other competitions, the promotion came as a major boost to the club. They started with a hard-fought loss against Liverpool in the opener but won the next two games against Fulham and Sheffield United. They also forced a draw against last year’s 2nd placed Manchester City in their most recent game.
In the recent past, Leeds have won 2 games, lost 2 with a draw in 5 games. They are currently 9th in the table and a win here will help them break into the top 5.
Aston Villa vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Aston Villa: 5
Last 5 matches: Leicester – 1, Aston Villa – 1, Draw - 3
Recent Meeting: Leicester drew 1-1 against Aston Villa in an EFL Championship fixture on 28th April 2019.
Aston Villa vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The home team will probably stick to their 4-2-3-1 formation that has been super successful for them with a mix of everything. On the other hand, the Leeds United will opt a 4-1-4-1 combination so that they can control the play in the front as well as while defending.
The Aston Villa attack has to be heaped with praises for back to back wins against giants like Liverpool and Leicester.
Ollie Watkins will lead the frontline once again and is beaming in confidence after a hat-trick against the Reds. In addition to 5 goals in 6 outings, he has been exceptional in aerial duels winning an average of 4.3 per game along with 2.8 shots and 1.3 key passes per game. Jack Grealish will join him whose strength is to create chances and to dribble exceptionally. He has so far scored four times which includes a double brace against Liverpool along with 86.2% pass success, 2.8 dribbles and 3 key pass every match.
Ross Barkley will have to do the attacking midfielder role and has 3 goals with 86.4% pass success for the team to succeed. His brace against Leicester turned the tides towards Aston Villa on Sunday.
For Leeds United, Jack Harrison has been a quality winger and a force to deal with who is impressive in creating chances and has 77.3% success in passes along with a goal and an assist in 3 games. He will be accompanied by the striker Patrick Bamford who is on a roll for the team with 3 goals and an assist in 4 outings. He also provides with 2.8 shots on target and 0.5 key pass per game.
Apart from them, the likes of Klich, Helder Costa and Hernandez will have to assume responsibility on the front lines.
The Aston Villa’s defense will have to be rock solid like it was against the reds and Leicester City.
Tyrone Mings who is a center back is versatile and can counter attack very well. The English defender has 77.6% pass completion along with 5 clears per match which speaks of the effort he puts along with 1 block so far. Ezri Konsa is very strong in controlling possession and giving important crosses. He has about 81.7% pass completion success, an average of 4 aerials won per match along with 0.8 tackle and 1.3 interceptions every match.
The left and right defenders Cash and Targett will have to make sure that they guard the sides pretty well so that they clear any attack coming their way. The backline of the Leeds will have to be guarded well with their opponents possessing a strong attack.
It is important for someone like Robin Koch to lead from the front. In the last seven appearances, he has 1.6 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 1.8 clears per game along with 68.1% passing accuracy. He will be joined by Pascal Struijk who has 88.1% success in passes and tackled on four occasions against relentless Liverpool attack along with three interceptions and 11 clears in the opener.
With Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente out due to injuries, it is almost certain for Struijk to play. They will be supported by Dallas and Ayling at the extremes who made life difficult for one of the best attacks in the previous game.
Aston Villa vs Leeds United Betting Tips and Predicted Winner
The match between Aston Villa and Leeds United will be played on 23rd October in the Villa Park at 8pm local time. While Aston Villa has home advantage, Leeds United are showing strong resilience that they are belong to the highest tier of England football.
The betting experts and prediction platforms are expecting the hosts to post a victory on Friday night with Leeds having good odds to turn this around. Overall, it will be a good match to start the weekend.