Kick-off: 1630, 02/10/2022
Stadium: Elland Road
TV: Sky Sports
Home advantage looks to be the crucial factor when pondering who to back in Sunday’s Premier League clash between Leeds and Aston Villa.
United have picked up seven points from a possible nine at Elland Road this season, while Villa have lost all three away matches so far.
Punters can get 6/4 for the Whites to prevail and that is good enough to be our first Leeds vs Aston Villa prediction.
Leeds United Odds
Leeds have had plenty of time to recover from a 5-2 defeat at Brentford a month ago, due to games against Nottingham Forest and Manchester United being postponed.
The international break should also allow Jesse Marsch’s men to erase those memories and start again refreshed.
On home turf this term, United beat Wolves and Chelsea before drawing with Everton in top-flight fixtures.
There was also a 3-1 EFL Cup victory over Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, so Elland Road is becoming a bit of a fortress.
Patrick Bamford kept busy during the lay-off by hitting a hat-trick for the Under-21s team in a 6-2 demolition of Southampton at this venue.
He told the club website: “It was good for us to get some minutes, as we’ve obviously missed a few games.
“The main thing was that we wanted to win the game and help the Under-21s as much as we can, and yeah, we managed to do that, so it was a good night.
“It’s my job to score goals so I try to do it every game! It’s always nice to come off the pitch with three.
“I feel good – it’s just about getting the minutes and the consistency of game after game to get into the swing of things and get your body used to it again.”
Bamford has been battling to overcome injury problems but appeals at Leeds vs Aston Villa odds.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Koch, Llorente, Struijk, Drameh, Aaronson, Roca, Harrison, Adams, Sinisterra, Gelhardt.
Patrick Bamford is poised to make his first league start since mid-August and fellow striker Rodrigo has recovered from a dislocated shoulder.
Skipper Liam Cooper (Achilles and calf), Luke Ayling and Junior Firpo (both knee) are in contention to make their first league starts of the season. Adam Forshaw (ankle), teenager Archie Gray (fractured toe) and Stuart Dallas (fractured femur) are the only players ruled out.
Aston Villa Odds
Villa admittedly enjoyed a couple of good results before the international break, drawing 1-1 with Manchester City and then beating Southampton 1-0.
They were both on home turf, though, and the second of those matches was a poor-quality affair, with Jacob Ramsey netting from one of the few chances created.
“I’m really proud of the boys’ effort, application and commitment,” declared Steven Gerrard. “In football, you have to grind and fight and be committed.
“We will get better in terms of style and possession and that will come, but it was about the points.
“We had to back up our performance against Manchester City and there were a lot of eyes on us from the TV, but we did it.”
However, Villa still have to address their poor away form, having lost at Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
They were also beaten 11 times on the road last season, with only Everton, Watford and Norwich suffering more defeats.
From the correct score list, we like 17/2 for a 2-1 home win to finish off our Leeds vs Aston Villa betting tips.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Young, Digne, McGinn, Coutinho, Ramsey, Kamara, Watkins, Bailey.
Summer signing Boubacar Kamara is out until after the World Cup with a knee injury while left-back Lucas Digne is also set for a spell on the sidelines because of a heel problem.
On a more positive note, full-back Matty Cash is set to resume full training next week after his hamstring injury. Jan Bednarek, on loan from Southampton, is available again after being ineligible to face his parent club.
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