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- Leeds have won four of their last six Premier League home games.
- Aston Villa have won only one of their last six away league matches.
- Leeds beat Villa 3-0 when the teams last locked horns in October.
- Leeds have kept clean sheets in each of their last two league fixtures at Elland Road.
Leeds climbing the table
Leeds bounced back from a two-game slump to beat Southampton in their last assignment and with confidence restored, they look favourites to oust an Aston Villa team that could be without star man Jack Grealish on Saturday.
The Yorkshiremen, helped by a virtuoso performance from Raphinha, rattled three goals without reply past the Saints on Tuesday, though the final scoreline had a flattering look after an end to end skirmish.
Villa a different animal without Grealish
Aston Villa played without talismanic schemer Jack Grealish for the first time in the Premier League this season against Leicester, and they looked short on creativity as a result in their 2-1 reverse.
The Villains’ displays since the turn of the year had already been stuttering, and they could struggle to improve their record of just three wins from their last nine in the league without their marauding skipper.
Another three points for Leeds
Leeds can leapfrog Villa in the standings with a victory at Elland Road on Saturday, and Marcelo Bielsa’s hard-working charges are worth backing to claim the points they need.
United roared to a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture between the teams in October against a Villa team wielding Grealish’s talents, and they should be able to complete the double over them with the attacking midfielder’s absent.
The Villains have won just once in six away trips and they could come up short on the road again when they visit a Leeds team that has won four of their last half a dozen fixtures at Elland Road.
A 2-0 correct score prediction could also be worth backing when a Leeds side that has secured back-to-back clean sheets at home host a Villa outfit shorn of their most potent chance creator and defence splitter.
Leeds injuries and team news
Kalvin Phillips and fellow midfielder Jamie Shackleton will miss out on Saturday, while Mateusz Klich is also a doubt after he was forced off with a back problem against Southampton.
Pablo Hernandez could earn a recall as a result, while Rodrigo will also hope to be fit enough for selection.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Jack Grealish is considered a major doubt for Villa’s trip to Elland Road, while Matty Cash and Kortney Hause remain sidelined. January signing Morgan Sanson will be pushing for his first start however, especially with Ross Barkley’s unimpressive form.