Kick-off: 2000, 23/10/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: BT Sport Box Office
Aston Villa are on the crest of a wave after an amazing start to the Premier League season and we’re jumping on the bandwagon when they host Leeds.
The visitors also began brightly but Monday night’s home defeat by Wolves may just have knocked some of the stuffing out of Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Punters can get 13/10 for a home victory and that is our first Aston Villa vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa’s early wins over Sheffield United and Fulham failed to spark much interest, but their last couple of triumphs have made everyone sit up and take notice.
After a spectacular 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool prior to the international break, Dean Smith’s side returned to action with a gutsy 1-0 success at Leicester.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Barkley scored his second goal in as many games with a stoppage-time decider at King Power Stadium.
“It was a very tight game, a scrappy game at times,” said Smith. “It needed a little bit of quality to win the game and Ross certainly showed that at the end.”
Having escaped relegation by just one point in July, that meant Villa have won their opening four league matches for the first time since 1930.
Barkley and fellow new recruits Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash have all made an instant impact, while talismanic playmaker Jack Grealish has three goals and three assists under his belt already.
Being solid at the back has been another big boost, so 9/4 for a home win and under 3.5 goals in the game stands out from the Aston Villa vs Leeds odds.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Trezeguet, Barkley, Watkins.
Keinan Davis is expected to be available following a calf problem. Kortney Hause, Tom Heaton and Wesley remain out of action.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds justifiably earned plenty of plaudits for being ultra-competitive versus Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as edging out Fulham and Sheffield United.
The Whites were again busy throughout this week’s clash with Wolves at Elland Road, but for all their slick build-up play, they rarely tested goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
“It’s bitterly disappointing,” Stuart Dallas told the club’s official website. “I think we controlled large parts of the game, but maybe didn’t make the goalkeeper work enough.
“When you’re playing teams like this, you’ve got to capitalise when you’re on top and we didn’t do that.”
United should play their part in an engaging encounter at Villa Park, but the momentum is now very much with the hosts.
Let’s finish off our Aston Villa vs Leeds betting tips by taking 31/10 for the Midlands outfit to oblige by a one-goal margin.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Dallas, Harrison, Phillips, Klich, Bamford, Costa, Rodrigo.
Pascal Struijk will move into midfield to replace the injured Kalvin Phillips. Liam Cooper is a doubt with a groin injury.
Diego Llorente (also groin) is definitely ruled out and joins long-term absentees Adam Forshaw (hip) and Gaetano Berardi (knee) on the sidelines.
Leicester 0-1 ASTON VILLA – Ross Barkley
LEEDS 0-1 Wolves
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