Aston Villa expected 4-5-1 v Leeds: Attacker misses out
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa could make two changes to their side that travels to Elland Road on Saturday evening to take on Leeds.
Steve Bruce’s men will be looking to maintain their unbeaten seven game run against a Garry Monk team that has won four out of their last five Championship encounters.
Jordan Ayew could be dropped to the bench after starting the 3-1 win against Cardiff last Saturday, while Nathan Baker, who went off injured at half-time, may not be risked.
Therefore Gary Gardner and Tommy Elphick might come into the starting XI as Bruce opts to play his usual 4-5-1 formation away from home.
In-form striker Jonathan Kodjia, who has scored six goals under Bruce’s helm, could lead the line, with Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah providing the service.
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Mile Jedinak, Ashley Westwood and Gardner could start in the middle of the park as Villa aim to frustrate their opponents away from home.
Furthermore Elphick, who has started only one game under Bruce, might start alongside James Chester at the heart of the club’s defence.
It means Jordan Amavi, who provided an assist to set-up Villa’s opener last Saturday, could start at left-back, while Alan Hutton may retain his place at right-back.
In other Aston Villa team news, these three players could prove to be the difference for Steve Bruce’s side against Leeds on Saturday.