Confirmed Aston Villa line-up v Leeds: Three changes, star midfielder dropped
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa make three changes to their starting XI as they take on Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday evening in what is expected to be a highly charged game.
Steve Bruce’s side will be looking to maintain their seven-game unbeaten run under the former Premier League manager.
Rudy Gestede, Gary Gardner and Tommy Elphick come into the side, with star midfielder Jack Grealish, Jordan Ayew and the injured Nathan Baker missing out from the side that beat Cardiff 3-1 last time out.
Here is the club’s official Twitter account posting the team news ahead of the Leeds clash:
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 3, 2016
Benin striker Gestede came off the substitute’s bench to score against the Bluebirds last Saturday and he is rewarded with a starting place against Leeds.
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Three points for the away side will see them close the gap on their promotion rivals, with the Yorkshire club four points ahead of the Midlands outfit in the table.
Bruce will be hoping his star striker Jonathan Kodjia, who starts up front against the Whites, can inspire his side to another victory.
The Ivory Coast international has been in red hot form for Villa this term, in particular under new manager Bruce.
Kodjia has netted six goals in his last seven games, including a strtike in Villa’s last league win against Cardiff.
In other Aston Villa team news, Tony Xia posted this message on Twitter ahead of the Leeds clash.