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27th Dec, 2016 | 10:38pm

Three reasons why Aston Villa will beat promotion rivals Leeds

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Garry Monk’s side travel to the Midlands on Thursday night to take on Aston Villa in front of an expected sell-out crowd.

The Whites defeated their promotion rivals in the reverse fixture at Elland Road and will look to do the same again at Villa Park.

Here, Football Insider looks at the three reasons why Bruce’s men will be too strong for the Yorkshire club and pick up a valuable three points.

Unbeaten at home this season – Despite sitting in tenth place, six points off the play-off places and seven off Leeds, Villa are yet to be beaten on their own patch this term. The likes of Newcastle and Huddersfield have failed to claim wins at Villa Park, while Bruce’s side have won five games on the bounce at home. This record will come in handy when the Yorkshire club take on the Championship giants because, despite their poor away form, Villa have a knack of picking up points on home soil, regardless of their performances.

Promotion expert Steve Bruce – Since taking charge of the club in mid-October, one thing Bruce has done is made his team are hard to beat and that will be the case once again on Thursday. The away side have been in tremendous form in recent weeks, picking up three wins on the bounce and 24 points from a possible 30. But, former Hull City boss Bruce will set up his team they grind out a win.

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Home form of Jonathan Kodjia – Owner Tony Xia spent a lot of money over the summer, in particular on striker Kodjia, whose fee could rise to £15 million, depending on performances. At this moment in time, the former Bristol City man is delivering, in particular on home soil. He has scored six goals at Villa Park this term and regardless of how his side perform, he will most likely deliver the goods for the team. Whether he is played out on the left or up front on his own, his pace, confidence and trickery on the ball will cause the away side problems.

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