Kick-off: 1330, 23/12/2018
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Aston Villa vs Leeds
Leeds are flying high at the top of the Championship following five straight wins but Aston Villa will be hard to beat on home turf this weekend.
Dean Smith’s side are 12 points off the pace in eighth but have gone seven matches without defeat, despite facing plenty of other promotion hopefuls.
Two of the last three meetings between these teams have ended in stalemate and 5/2 for another draw is our initial Aston Villa vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa have shared the spoils with West Brom and Stoke in their last couple of fixtures, with each of those entertaining games finishing 2-2.
They were unlucky not to edge out the Baggies, when conceding a last-gasp equaliser that should have been ruled out for handball.
However, Smith was honest enough to admit that Villa were somewhat fortunate to earn a point against a revitalised Stoke side.
He said: “Our standard against Stoke was not where they have been in recent weeks because of the conditions. It was a scrappy game due to the adverse weather.”
Overall, though, the Midlands outfit are on the right track, losing just one of 11 home fixtures in this division.
Looking at the Aston Villa vs Leeds odds, we like 31/10 for another score draw on this occasion.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds were below par when visiting struggling Bolton last Saturday but Patrick Bamford’s 66th-minute strike proved enough to extend their winning run and leapfrog Norwich at the summit.
“It was a hard win but a deserved one,” commented Marcelo Bielsa. “We had the possession but we didn’t have the chances to score.
“With that possession, we might have thought we would have created more chances, but it wasn’t the case.”
Bamford had not featured for the first team since August but made up for lost time with his first league goal since a summer move from Middlesbrough.
“He can be very important,” added Bielsa. “For him, it is very good for his confidence. He has worked very hard to gain his full fitness.”
Leeds are clearly on a roll right now, but they did lose 1-0 here in April and may settle for a share of the spoils at this point.
Let’s finish off our Aston Villa vs Leeds betting tips by taking 13/2 for a 1-1 stalemate.
ASTON VILLA 2-2 Stoke – Tammy Abraham (pen), Jonathan Kodjia
Bolton 0-1 LEEDS – Patrick Bamford
Head-to-head: Villa 1-0 Leeds, Leeds 1-1 Villa, Villa 1-1 Leeds, Leeds 2-0 Villa
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