Match details:

Venue: Elland Road
Date: Saturday 2nd December 2016
Kick-off: 17:30
Referee: Peter Bankes

Championship form:

Leeds United: W L W W W

Aston Villa: W D W D W

Last time the two teams met: 7th February 2004 – Aston Villa 2 – 0 Leeds United

A penalty from Juan Pablo Angel and a goal for Ronny Johnsen saw the Villans end a run of almost four years without a victory against the Yorkshire side.

Preview:

The unbeaten run under Steve Bruce was extended to seven games after a brilliant performance and victory over an overly physical Cardiff City side last Saturday.

Bruce’s side will aim to extend that run to eight when they take on Garry Monk’s high-flying Leeds side on Saturday evening. The hosts will be hoping to secure their fifth win in six games.

The hosts will be full of confidence after enjoying their own remarkable run of form under Monk, which has seen them to fifth in the Championship table, after there were calls from many for the manager to be sacked only a short time after joining the club in the summer.

In Kemar Roofe and Chris Wood, Leeds have the perfect mix of pace and power and the Whites will need to be up for the battle if they are to continue their recent run of form. James Chester has arguably been the best defender in the Championship this season, producing magnificent performances week after week, and if he can deliver once again then the visitors will stand a good chance of stealing all three points.

Aston Villa’s own attacking double act in Jonathan Kodjia and Albert Adomah has been in fine form. The pair combined again for Villa’s second goal last weekend. Kodjia has found the net in six of his last seven games and Monk’s side will be well aware of the threat he poses.

Team news:

Nathan Baker is set to miss out on the trip to Yorkshire after injuring his groin in the victory against Cardiff City last weekend.

Former Leeds United player Ross McCormack looks set to miss out on a return to Elland Road: the forward is still struggling with an ankle injury.

Micah Richards will not feature as he battles with a calf problem.

After a comprehensive victory last weekend, Bruce will be unlikely to make any changes to the side that started the second half.

The hosts welcome Pontus Jansson back into their squad after the defender missed Tuesday’s EFL cup defeat to Liverpool through illness.

One to watch:

Chris Wood

Having scored twelve goals so far this season, including a goal in the 2-1 victory against rivals Rotherham United last Saturday, Chris Wood (pictured) is a striker full of confidence at the moment.

A strong and powerful striker, who offers more than just goals, Wood has found his shooting boots this season and has become one of the best strikers in the division.

Wood spent time on loan to Villa’s bitter rivals Birmingham City earlier in his career and the visitors’ defensive duo, likely to b James Chester and Tommy Elphick, will need to make sure they are fully focused if the Villans are take anything away from Elland Road.

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