Aston Villa are one of two teams still undefeated in the Premier League, and the only team to win all of their matches in the league so far. Dean Smith’s side host Leeds United at Villa Park on Friday night, which will be an exciting affair between two attacking teams.
The Lions registered an impressive away win against Leicester City last time around, thanks to a goal from Ross Barkley, and will look to keep the winning run going against Leeds.
The Villans will go to the top of the table if they register a win or draw against Leeds United as they are currently one point behind leaders Everton, who don’t play until Sunday.
Aston Villa Team News
Two long-term absentees, Tom Heaton and Wesley, will be out for the game against Leeds, while defender Kortney Hause will also be unavailable for the Aston Villa lineup. Striker Keinan Davis could return to the Villa squad for Friday’s game.
Let’s take a look at the possible Aston Villa lineup for the game against Leeds United.
Predicted Aston Villa Lineup vs Leeds United
Emiliano Martinez will start in goal for Aston Villa against Leeds United. He had a solid game last time around, making 5 saves in the win against Leicester.
Dean Smith could play the same defence as he did against Leicester City last time around. Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa should start in central defence, while Bjorn Engels is an option for Smith as well. Mings and Konsa have done well this season and have started all four games so far.
Matty Cash and Matt Targett should start at right-back and left-back, respectively in the Aston Villa lineup. Cash had an exceptional game against Leicester last time around and he will have a tough test against the tricky Jack Harrison.
Douglas Luiz and John McGinn have marshalled the midfield well this season and they should retain their places in the team.
Ross Barkley, who scored the all-important goal against Leicester, should play the No. 10 role in the Aston Villa lineup. The likes of Conor Hourihane and Marvelous Nakamba are other options for Smith in the middle of the park.
Captain Jack Grealish has been in sensational form for Villa this season and he should start on the left side, with Trezeguet playing on the other side. Ollie Watkins should lead the line for Villa. Wingers Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi are other options in attack.