Sky Sports expert predicts Aston Villa vs Leeds result
Leeds take a trip to Villa Park on Wednesday night [February 9th] to take on Aston Villa knowing they need a win to stay out of the relegation battle in the Premier League.
The Whites claimed back-to-back wins over Burnley and West Ham, before suffering defeat to Newcastle before the international break. They still sit seven points above the drop zone, but now face a tough run of games.
They’ll come up against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa side, who are in great form and have strengthened their squad further in the January transfer window.
Sky Sports expert Lewis Jones has analysed the game and expects an end-to-end game, and thinks Leeds will be able to do enough damage in attack to secure a 2-2 draw.
“Much of the midweek Premier League fare does point to low-scoring, cagey games. Not this one,” he wrote.
“Under the lights at Villa Park, all the ingredients should result in a very watchable, end-to-end football match with both teams fully rested up for two weeks following their exits from the FA Cup at the third-round stage.
“Steven Gerrard isn’t a gung-ho type of manager, but, you can try and play as controlled and savvy as you want, but Leeds will draw you into engaging in a slug-fest of a match as the space they offer up in transitions is so inviting for opposition players.
“The home crowd will only encourage their side to adopt such an attack-minded approach – as seen in the reverse fixture last season that ended up with 39 shots being fired at goal across both teams – the third-highest seen in any game last season.”
Attack, attack, attack
Leeds’ best form of defence currently is definitely attacking, and they’ll need to be at their best to get anything out of this game.
Villa have been very hard to break down since Gerrard came in and turned their season around at the end of last year and Leeds have really struggled for goals.
Bielsa’s side have scored just 24 goals in their 21 games so far this season and only Raphinha (8) has scored more than four league goals for the club in this campaign.
But defensively they have conceded 40 goals, only less than Newcastle and Norwich, which with their style of play is unlikely to get shut down quickly.
Attack the spaces, attack with pace and attack with intent and the potential of going back to Yorkshire with a good result is very possible. If they try to contain and play a different way, a defeat is inevitable.