After drawing against Brighton and Hove Albion and enduring a tough matchup against Cardiff City, Aston Villa Football Club is getting ready to take on Leeds United twice in the month of December. The first match will take place on 3rd December at Elland Road and the second match will be played on 29th December at Villa Park, giving both teams the opportunity to host.
A match against Leeds United is nothing new for Aston Villa, as the two have gone against each other a total of 94 times since their first battle in 1924. Overall, the Villans have a winning record against United, emerging victorious in 38 of the matches while losing 29 and drawing 27 times. Both matches this month will be televised on Sky Sports 1 and are expected to be highly competitive given the extensive history and strong similarities between the two teams.
An old fire rekindled
Despite the huge number of matches they’ve had, December will mark the first time the two teams have met since 7th February 2004. Since it’s been more than twelve years since the two teams matched up, nobody is really sure what to expect when the competition starts, considering the 2016-2017 line-ups bear little if any resemblance to the line-ups that were in place the last time the two teams faced each other.
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Will Leeds United force a draw?
While we don’t know how the teams are going to match up because of how long it has been since they last played against each other, it’s clear that Leeds United has the advantage in this year’s Championship standings. Unfortunately, the Villans have had far more draws than any other team this year, with a total of 10 matches ending with an even score. On the other hand, the two teams aren’t far apart in their total points count for the season. Sadly, there have been a number of draws that were very close to being great wins for Aston Villa, including the recent match against the high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion.
Predictions and things to watch out for
Ultimately, the two teams seem to be evenly matched and this should provide for some quality entertainment. It’s likely that Aston Villa will claim a victory in one of the matches, but there’s also a good chance that we’ll see one or both of the games end in a draw if the team’s offensive stars continue the trend of backing off in intensity after tying the game. It will be interesting to see if Steve Bruce can lead the team into being more aggressive during the second half of play, which is where the Villans often seem to succumb to complacency after meeting their opponent at 1-1.
An opportunity to climb the table
Two wins against Leeds United would undoubtedly help Aston Villa climb up in the Championship rankings by at least a few positions. Adversely, two losses or another set of draws would send the team the other way in the standings, so these two matches will prove to be pivotal. Even so, at this point it would take a remarkably strong stretch of football from Aston Villa combined with losing streaks on the part of several other teams in order for the Villans to advance into the top six rankings, which is where they’ll need to be to qualify for the much talked about play-offs.