By Joe Ellis

10th Mar, 2022 | 6:20am

Leeds United must stop repeat of Aston Villa errors tonight

It was only last month that Leeds United travelled to Villa Park to play out one of the Premier League’s most entertaining games of the season so far.

A pulsating 3-3 draw with chances aplenty had pundits and fans starry-eyed despite the Whites only picking up one point from a game where they could have snatched all three if their finishing had been on point.

Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa also had their chances as Marcelo Bielsa secured what turned out to be his final Premier League point in charge of Leeds United.

He was sacked after the 4-0 Tottenham defeat and replaced by Jesse Marsch who will be keen to see the issues resolved for tonight’s rematch at Elland Road.

Having studied the game, he will know what needs to be worked on and made aware of with the key being Jacob Ramsey who scored twice in the reverse fixture.

One of the homegrown Villa player’s biggest strengths is making lung-busting runs from midfield and that massively contributed to his brace in the Midlands.

His first goal of the day (VIlla’s second) came from a late run beyond the Whites’ defence who had other players occupying their attention and Stuart Dallas just couldn’t keep up with him before he slotted home.

He then made it 3-1 in a similar fashion but this was a more worrying goal to concede.

Just look at how much space he has to work with when the ball is played into his path. A Premier League footballer wouldn’t struggle not to score from this position.

One thing Leeds can expose again might be the gaps left by the Villains’ attacking full-backs.

As seen by Rodrigo above for the opening goal (scored by Dan James), spinning in behind the full-back and dragging a central defender into areas they don’t want to be is a highly successful way of breaking through.

If Marsch can get Rodrigo and the rest of the attackers utilising these spaces regularly tonight, then maybe he can pick up his first points or even win as Leeds United manager.

In other Leeds United news, a loanee of the club has suffered an injury setback in a very bizarre way.