Leeds v Aston Villa predictions: Villa look strong on the road
Visitors can cope with absence of talisman Jack Grealish
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Kalvin Phillips, Robin Koch, Rodrigo, Gaetano Berardi and Ian Poveda are sidelined. Mateusz Klich is pushing for a return.
Jack Grealish is a doubt once again, while Matty Cash is still some way off being available and Kortney Hause and Wesley are unavailable.
Leeds and Aston Villa are sitting pretty in the top half of the table and are separated by just a point before today's meeting at Elland Road.
The Whites have exceeded all expectations this campaign and have, thanks largely to Marcelo Bielsa's philosophy, emerged as one of the most exciting teams to watch in the division.
Villa, meanwhile, look a world away from the club who beat relegation by just a point last term and Dean Smith deserves huge credit for improving their fortunes.
Relegation isn't a consideration for either club in the final months of the campaign and they can both afford to dream of a late charge for a European berth.
Leeds's impressive 3-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday has moved them within five points of sixth-placed Liverpool, while Villa, who have two games in hand on the Reds, are just four points shy.
Leeds have been unpredictable on their return to the Premier League, as demonstrated by their home form of five wins, five defeats and two draws.
They welcome Villa to Elland Road following successive victories, but it's worth bearing in mind that those wins came against struggling sides in Southampton and Crystal Palace.
Villa are likely to be without talisman Jack Grealish once again but Smith has depth in his squad and John McGinn is capable of pulling the strings so they should be able to cope with his absence.
The Villans had plenty of chances as Grealish watched on from the sidelines in the 2-1 defeat to Leicester last weekend and creating scoring opportunities against Leeds, who have the joint-second worst defensive record in the league, shouldn't be an issue.
Revenge will also be on Villa's mind after they went down 3-0 in the reverse when Patrick Bamford bagged a hat-trick and they can take optimism from their fine record on the road.
Smith's men are ranked seventh in the away form table and they boast seven clean sheets from 12 outings, while only table-toppers Manchester City have conceded fewer than Villa's ten goals on the road.
Aston Villa have won six of their 12 away fixtures this season
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