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Early Leeds corner, and it causes trouble, only for Villa to counter at speed, and then Leon Bailey gets on the ball. He carves inward from Kamara’s pass, and on his left foot, he thwacks home.

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Aston Villa: Martinez, A Young, Digne, Konsa, Mings, Luiz, Ramsey, Kamara, Buendia, Bailey, Watkins. Subs: Olsen, Sanson, Ings, Moreno, Chambers, Nakamba, Bednarek, Coutinho, K Young.


Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Cooper, Roca, Adams, Aaronson, Harrison, Rodrigo, Gnonto. Subs: Robles, Firpo, Bamford, Llorente, Perkins, Kristensen, Gelhardt, Wober, Greenwood.

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It was all going so well for Unai Emery – just about – and then came Stevenage. Aston Villa were comfortably in mid-table and there was, er, bandwidth for a challenge for the FA Cup. As it turned out, Hertfordshire’s finest prevailed and the last time the Villa won an FA Cup tie was under the management of the notorious Remi Garde. So, on with the Premier League and this season’s consolidation project and the visit of Leeds, who narrowly escaped similar Cup embarrassment at the hands of Cardiff.


Leeds are five points behind Villa in the table, and have yet to win a post-World Cup match, making it over two months since Jesse Marsch was able to celebrate a win. Two points above the drop zone, it’s not quite must-win for Leeds, but they will hope to channel the spirit of former manager Steve Evans, and put one over the Villa.


Kick-off is at 8pm, join me.

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Key occasions

45 minutes: Leeds go shut. Ayling’s ball is a magnificence, Harrison chases it in, however then Martinez smothers it.

Seven minutes have been added to this half.

44 min: Gnonto and Ashley Young, the latter 18 years older than the previous has been fairly a contest. Full of fireside, too. Jesse Marsch is asking the fourth official to guard his younger star who’s been on the tip of a few reducers though the Italian is arguing his case properly, too.

42 min: Alejandro Moreno, an immediate hero. Rodrigo is thru, rounds Emi Martinez, after which Moreno will get in the best way. Fine, last-gasp defending. That will assist him settle in.

41 min: Leeds lacks a little bit of innovative. Feels like they’ve completed a lot of the attacking whereas conceding a purpose, and looking out susceptible to a different.

39 min: Good stuff, each groups kicking lumps out of one another, little bit of a needle. Aaaronon took a whack, however they’re all flying in. Men, at it, as an important sage had it.

38 min: Gnonto and Aaronson appeared Leeds’ greatest probabilities of a purpose, and the latter appeared to have been hauled down by Tyrone Mings, who cleaned him out within the method of a rugby union ruck. It seems Michael Oliver needs to let this one circulation, as they are saying. Howard Webb’s recommendation will likely be ringing in his ears, little question.

37 min: Richard Hirst: “Matt Burtz is welcome to affix the insurgency in SW6, with Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson following within the footsteps of such legends as Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey.”

Justin Madson is feeling irritated: “Hi John, I really feel just like the extra I watch soccer, the much less I perceive how the principles work. Two arms pulling on a participant working by you shouldn’t be a foul as a result of it will end in a penalty? VAR has not helped in any respect – the “clear and apparent error to overturn” rule implies there’s a method to overview these in a completely goal method when usually the replay is employed to supply readability when issues are unclear. I perceive wanting to guard the referees on the sphere, however the best way they’ve deployed VAR to basically rubber stamp the choice on the sphere feels self-defeating. As a lot as I hate gamers surrounding the ref after each whistle, it appears a pure consequence when the selections taken are as seemingly arbitrary as they’ve been.”

35 minutes: The TV commentators talked about Buendia, who I had not realized was on the sphere. So far, he is had about as a lot impression as Philippe Coutinho. Ramsey in the meantime, has to come back throughout to clear the hazard when Aaronson scampers down the left. The ensuing nook is cleared.

33 min: Robin Koch is booked for smashing over Jacob Ramsey. Leeds’ defenders have been just a little edgy right here.

32 min: Watkins goes down the Villa Park tunnel, which is down the nook of the sphere. Big likelihood for Ings, who has hardly ever satisfied as a Villa participant.

31 min: Matt Burtz will get in contact: “Two Americans within the beginning eleven for Leeds, with a fellow American on the touchline? Our sluggish however regular takeover of Yorkshire is falling into place!”

Off goes Watkins, on comes Ings.

half-hour: Watkins goes down in give up to his ankle damage and Danny Ings is imminent.

28 min: Watkins continues to be feeling that damage after a dash. Might he have completed higher than chasing down the ball from a Leon Bailey cross that was going begging. Again, Ashley Young began the transfer. Watkins was hesitant, and Leeds appeared there for the taking.

26 min: Harrison bends that free-kick past everybody. Jesse Marsch and Patrick Bamford are in dialogue. The striker may need learn that one higher than his teammates, who completely did not learn it.

24 min: Louis van Gaal’s legacy – and that of Wout Weghirst and Teun Koopmeiners – lives on. Meanwhile, Alex Moreno is having a tricky introduction, penalized for a foul on Luke Ayling. Another free-kick to Leeds.

22 min: Gnonto, on the burst, is the most recent to really feel a bump and bruise as he is fouled. There’s an opportunity for certainly one of Harrison and Aaronson to swing one in, however as a substitute they fight a intelligent one – a Wout Weghorst – and because the ball goes via, Douglas Luiz pulls again Rodrigo. They demand a penalty. They do not get one.

Leeds United’s Rodrigo Moreno collides with Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

20 minutes: Watkins is the most recent Villa participant to go down, and this could possibly be a fear for Villa. Looks like an ankle drawback. It took a twist and appeared a bit nasty.

18 minutes: Joe Pearson will get in contact: “Jeff Beck was such a expertise. The most creative soloist this aspect of Frank Zappa. And he might play with a lot emotion. Any type you want. He will likely be missed by this explicit outdated man. With bonus Tal Wilkenfeld bass solo.”

Leeds in the meantime, pressured one other nook and once more virtually received caught out by a Villa counter. This time, they get again in adequate numbers.

16 min: Koch is penalized for leaning throughout Ollie Watkins, and Villa can launch the ball into the Leeds field, however as a substitute select to cross the ball. They are noticeably much less direct than below Steven Gerrard.

14 min: Aaronson tries to flee down the left however Ashley Young comes throughout to deal with. The Leeds followers are in full voice for the second. their group is doing a lot of the attacking however does look weak on the counter. There’s an attraction for handball after it hits Konsa, however nothing is completed.

12 minutes: The recreation has been stopped for fairly some time and it is taking some time to search out its tempo.

10 minutes: Digne leaves the sphere in agony, and the physios have to carry his arm up as he leaves. Begs the query what occurs when he has to take it again down. Moreno is on, the 29-year-old having simply arrived from Real Betis.

Aston Villa defender Lucas Digne has a really bad shoulder injury and is substituted
Aston Villa defender Lucas Digne has a extremely unhealthy shoulder damage and is substituted Photograph: Simon Davies/ProfessionalSports/REX/Shutterstock

8 minutes: This is an extended delay for Digne, who has barely moved, and he received a knee within the face for his troubles as he fell to his arm. Moreno is being put via his set piece duties on the sidelines.

6 minutes: Lucas Digne goes down, holding his shoulder. Looks in ache. Will Alex Moreno seem quicker than we anticipated?

4 minutes: Leeds might have scored from that nook had Roca made correct contact and but 17 seconds later, Villa scored. Struijk, like in opposition to Stevenage, was caught napping. Unai Emery is getting a tune from Leon Bailey, and it was Ashley Young’s canniness that set off that counter.

Goal! Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds (Bailey, 3)

Early Leeds nook, and it causes bother, just for Villa to counter at velocity, after which Leon Bailey will get on the ball. He carves inward from Kamara’s cross, and on his left foot, he thwacks dwelling.

Leon Bailey celebrates scoring their first goal
Leon Bailey celebrates scoring their first purpose Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

1 min: And away we go…..

Should you be so , the Aston Villa formation is 4-4-2, the Leeds formation is 4-2-3-1. Jesse Marsch and Unai Emery share a heat handshake as Michael Oliver carries out the coin toss. They change ends, and Villa will assault the mighty Holte End within the first half. The Villa followers will not be amused by this. It appears their group selected to do that. Leeds kick off, and mount a fast assault via Jack Harrison with Tyrone Mings sliding in.

Hi Ho Silver Lining is pumping out at Villa Park, with additional poignancy added by this week’s lack of Jeff Beck, the singer who hated his personal most well-known track as he sang on it. Rod Stewart on backing vocals, John Paul Jones on bass, and an enormous hit.

The Premier League desk suggests Leeds are inside attain of each consolation and fear.

Unai Emery spoke to Sky Sports, principally about switch enterprise.

We have extra gamers with the likelihood to depart and if we will do it we will add extra gamers. We need to enhance and have higher stability within the squad with totally different profiles.

We know him [Moreno]; he was an important participant in La Liga. I wished to signal a distinct profile of participant to Augustinsson, who’s on mortgage from Sevilla. We wished to be extra offensive. We have been interested by totally different gamers, however Moreno is the participant we had in focus.

The concept is for Augustinsson to depart, to get one other choice to play.

Jesse Marsch spoke to Sky Sports, and at size.

Both matches [Newcastle and West Ham] have been a story of two halves. We are attempting to place full performances collectively and proceed to defend higher. But typically I believe it has been stable, however we all know we will get higher and that would be the precedence tonight.

We need to be excellent defensively. We need to press properly and be very aggressive with out the ball. With the ball I need to see us be just a little bit extra courageous and vertical and never at all times simply play broad and combos with our full-backs. That will assist us additionally with our counter-pressing. But I nonetheless assume the important thing will likely be what we will do defensively and turning these moments into counter-attacking transitions.

It has been exhausting having Patrick Bamford out, he is missed taking part in soccer. He has appeared energetic in coaching within the final 10 days. That has been my emphasis with him: stopping worrying about lacking possibilities and whether or not you are beginning or coming off the bench, simply get pleasure from your soccer and I believe we will see the perfect of him.

From our ten issues characteristic forward of the Premier League, of which that is the primary fixture, Barry Glendenning wrote this.

Coutinho hastens in the direction of the Villa exit

Handed his first begin below Unai Emery in opposition to Stevenage final weekend, Philippe Coutinho performed badly, received hooked after 66 minutes and was pressured to look on from the bench as Aston Villa have been embarrassed by their guests from League Two. While he’s unlikely to start out in opposition to Leeds this weekend, simply over a yr after his arrival, his future at Villa appears unsure at greatest. In late December, the Brazilian took to social media to rage in opposition to what he described as “lies” suggesting he was sad at Villa and had requested to depart in January. Given how little he has delivered for the membership previously 12 months, regardless of a surprising debut in opposition to Manchester United, it’s troublesome to think about too many followers mourning his departure and he’s rapidly working out of alternatives to impress. If he actually needs to remain at Villa Park, now can be time to show it with on-field actions quite than Instagram tantrums. Barry Glendenning

What do these groups imply? Philippe Coutinho is benched once more, whereas John McGinn is out for Villa, whose new signing Alex Moreno is alongside Coutinho on that bench. No Matty Cash both, however 9 modifications from the Shame of Stevenage.

Maximilian Wöber, like Moreno, is a brand new signing on the bench, amid eight modifications from Cardiff, with Pascal Struijk retaining his place regardless of not having probably the most convincing recreation in Cardiff. Patrick Bamford is on the bench for the primary time since October.

The groups

Aston Villa: Martinez, A Young, Digne, Konsa, Mings, Luiz, Ramsey, Kamara, Buendia, Bailey, Watkins. Subs: Olsen, Sanson, Ings, Moreno, Chambers, Nakamba, Bednarek, Coutinho, Okay Young.

Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Cooper, Roca, Adams, Aaronson, Harrison, Rodrigo, Gnonto. Subs: Robles, Firpo, Bamford, Llorente, Perkins, Kristensen, Gelhardt, Wober, Greenwood.


It was all going so properly for Unai Emery – nearly – after which got here Stevenage. Aston Villa have been comfortably in mid-table and there was, er, bandwidth for a problem for the FA Cup. As it turned out, Hertfordshire’s most interesting prevailed and the final time the Villa gained an FA Cup tie was below the administration of the infamous Remi Garde. So, on with the Premier League and this season’s consolidation challenge and the go to of Leeds, who narrowly escaped related Cup embarrassment by the hands of Cardiff.

Leeds are 5 factors behind Villa within the desk, and have but to win a post-World Cup match, making it over two months since Jesse Marsch was capable of have a good time a win. Two factors above the drop zone, it isn’t fairly a must-win for Leeds, however they may hope to channel the spirit of former supervisor Steve Evans, and put one over the Villa.

Kick-off is at 8pm, be part of me.

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