A visit to Villa Park would have had most Leeds United fans licking their lips at the start of the campaign after Dean Smith’s side narrowly avoided relegation last season. 

Now? It might be early on in the season but Aston Villa are the only side with a 100% record and they’ve already beaten Liverpool 7-2.

Former Brentford man Ollie Watkins was the star of that game with his first Premier League hat-trick and Leeds know all about him.

He scored 25 goals in the Championship last season and that earned him his move but he didn’t score against Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for another ‘Notkins’ this Friday.

However, Leeds have potentially big injury problems.

Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a shoulder problem.

Diego Llorente is also out and Liam Cooper is a major doubt after aggravating his groin strain in the warm-up for the Wolves game.

Pascal Struijk came off with a knock and we’re desperately hoping he’s going to be okay.

Koch or Struijk would be the naturals to step up for Phillips but Bielsa will need them in the centre of defence.

It means that Mateusz Klich will likely move back to the holding midfield, with Pablo Hernandez coming in for him.

The rest of the side should stay the same barring any other catastrophes.

If Struijk is out as well then it’s going to be a very different line-up, with Luke Ayling likely shifting to centre-back, Stuart Dallas moving to the right and Gjanni Alioksi coming in.

We should get more definitive news from the Leeds press conference on Wednesday.

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