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Trio axed in Bruce 4-2-3-1: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Leeds

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa should make three changes to their starting XI when they take on Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday evening.

Steve Bruce’s side beat Cardiff 3-1 during their last fixture at Villa Park, while their weekend opponents where knocked out of the quarter-final stages of the EFL Cup by Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Jordan Ayew, who was substituted in the second half against the Bluebirds, should be dropped after another poor display.

The injured Nathan Baker is a doubt, so he should not be risked and midfielder Ashley Westwood should also take his place on the substitutes bench.

Rudy Gestede, who scored at the weekend, should come into the starting XI, alongside Tommy Elphick and Gary Gardner.

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Bruce should field a 4-2-3-1 formation against their promotion rivals with the in-form Jonathan Kodjia playing in behind target-man Gestede.

Furthermore, Albert Adomah and Jack Grealish should retain their places out wide as they have the ability to produce pin-point crosses from the flanks.

In the middle of the park, Mile Jedinak, who is beginning to find his feet at the club, must start and the more attacking Gardner should start instead of Westwood.

As Baker is an injury doubt, Elphick, who is the most senior and reliable back-up defender, must start alongside James Chester.

Jordan Amavi and Alan Hutton should be selected as full-backs, while the improving Pierluigi Gollini must continue between the sticks.

In other Aston Villa team news, Steve Bruce provides his verdict on Garry Monk ahead of the Leeds fixture.