3 Key Battles Which Could Decide The Game When Leeds United Take On Aston Villa

We have a Championship classic on Saturday when Leeds United will take on Aston Villa at Elland Road. Villa are in the Championship this season following their relegation from the Premier League last campaign and were touted to get an immediate promotion back to the Premier League before even the season started. However, their start was a big letdown under Roberto Di Matteo but a managerial change has changed their fortunes totally. Since the appointment of Steve Bruce, the Midlands club are unbeaten in seven Championship game and now are just six points off the final playoff spot.

Leeds also saw a managerial change in the summer as Garry Monk came to the helm at Elland Road. The former Swansea boss did not deliver instant success but after a tough start, Leeds are on a roll right now and are fifth in the table and it looks like, after many years, they have a decent chance of earning promotion. This could be a really crucial game for both sides and for their promotion hopes.

Here are three key battles those could decide the game.

Chris Wood Vs James Chester

Chris Wood has been in a scintillating form in front of the goal this season. The Kiwi international is the joint fourth top scorer in Championship this season with nine goals. He has been almost ever-present for the Whites throughout this season and his consistent form up front is one of the key reasons behind Leeds doing so well.

Wood is a menace in the air and has won 3.9 aerial duels every game this season. Aston Villa need to ensure that they can deal with the Kiwi’s aerial prowess and will look forward to James Chester for that.

Chester’s frame is much smaller to that of Wood but he has won an impressive 3.1 aerial balls every game this season and he is a brilliant organiser of the back four. The battle between the two might decide the game.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Chris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 19, 2015 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Kalvin Phillips Vs Mile Jedinak

Phillips was pretty much an unknown player before this season whose first team chances had been limited. But, Monk has shown his faith in the 20-year-old Elland Road youth graduate and he has not let his boss down. The youngster has played 20 games in all competitions for Leeds this season and has impressed with his all-round and determined displays. However, he will be up against an experienced player like Jedinak on Saturday who has plenty of experience at the top level.

The battle of midfield will have a big effect on the game and Villa fans will fancy their chances due to having an experienced midfield enforcer like Jedinak in the team.

Jonathan Kodija Vs Kyle Bartley

Kodija has impressed big time for Aston Villa of late having scored six goals in the last eight games. The Ivorian will be the biggest threat to Leeds defence on Saturday but the way Leeds have performed defensively this campaign, the fans should not be too concerned.

Swansea City loanee Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson have created a strong partnership in defence and not many teams could find their way past it. We have to wait and see if Kodija and co. can do that or not.

Facebook Comments

comments

Share This Article

FC Barcelona Vs Real Madrid: This Is Where The Game Will Either Be Won Or Lost For The Spanish Giants

Next Story »

3 Battles Arsenal Need To Win When They Face West Ham United This Weekend

T40 SCOUTING

  • How Lazio Can Finish Off A Special Season In The Serie A

    1 week ago

    Who do you think of when asked about the teams that play the best football in Europe? Man City? PSG? Bayern? Barcelona? While those giants of the ...

    Read More
  • Chelsea Maintain Their Interest On This Highly Rated Bundesliga Star: A Scout Report

    2 months ago

    Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey’s rise to fame has seen a number of English clubs, including the defending champions Chelsea, being linked with the Jamaican footballer in ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Linked With €60m Summer Move For 22 Y/O Portuguese Winger: A Scout Report

    2 months ago

    Liverpool are being linked with a summer move for Sporting CP winger Gelson Martins. According to recent reports, the Reds target has a €60m release clause which can only be activated ...

    Read More
  • Naby Keita, The New Liverpool Signing: Does He Possess All The Ingredients To Become A PL Superstar?

    4 months ago

    Liverpool’s recent cameos in the transfer market have raised a lot of eyebrows, especially after the stunning €78.8m coup of Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk in the January ...

    Read More
  • Manchester City Are Actively Pursuing This French Youngster From PSG: A Scout Report

    5 months ago

    Football has not been the same in the 21st century where money has overshadowed the elegance of this beautiful game and lots of outfits have been transformed ...

    Read More