Unbeaten Aston Villa will look to continue their winning start to the Premier League season when they take on Leeds United on Friday night.
Villa Park, Aston, England
Key Stat: Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last eight consecutive Premier League matches, winning four from four this year.
Expert Verdict: A last-minute winner at Leicester last time out continued Aston Villa's winning start to the 2020-21 Premier League season. They will go top of the table with a win at Leeds and, with a renewed attacking vigour, they are certainly capable of that.
Keinan Davis could be back in contention, leaving Kortney Hause, Wesley and Tom Heaton as Aston Villa’s only absentees. After another win last time out, however, Villa could be unchanged once again.
Jack Grealish – His two goals and three assists against Liverpool were a reminder of what he offers and he will be Villa’s key man again in this match.
Ollie Watkins – Villa needed goals and their summer signing has already proved he can be the man to deliver them.
Ross Barkley – Scored against Liverpool and then added a last-minute winner against Aston Villa last time out as he takes the chance to rebuild his career.
Villa have won four from four so far this season in the league, though they did lose in the Carabao Cup to Stoke City. Since that loss, however, they have thrashed Liverpool 7-2 with Ollie Watkins scoring a hat-trick and then had Ross Barkley’s last-minute winner to thank for a 1-0 victory at Leicester last time out.
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Defensive Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, John McGinn
Attacking Midfielders:Trezeguet, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips will be absent for around six weeks, while Diego Llorente will not be ready for Friday night. Liam Cooper could be back in contention, however, as he awaits a late fitness test.
Patrick Bamford – Netted in the first three games of the season and will want to get back to goalscoring ways sooner rather than later.
Helder Costa – His two goals against Fulham showed what he can do as he looks to seize his second opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League.
Rodrigo – Scored against Manchester City and his versatility means he could fill a number of attacking roles in this game.
After wins against Fulham and Sheffield United, Leeds have since drawn at home to Manchester City after Rodrigo’s goal and lost 1-0 at home to Wolves last time out. They have seven points from five matches but crashed out of the Carabao Cup on penalties against Hull City.
Defenders:Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper
Midfielders:Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich, Jamie Shackleton, Stuart Dallas, Pablo Hernandez
Forwards:Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo
In 100 previous fixtures, Aston Villa have a slight edge with 39 wins to Leeds’ 31. When they last met, before Villa’s Premier League promotion, Leeds won 3-2 at Villa Park and the match at Elland Road ended in a 1-1- draw. This is their first top-flight match since 2004.
Aston Villa have made a flying start to the Premier League season, which was never more obvious than in their dominant win against Liverpool.
Villa backed that up, just, with a last-gasp win at Leicester last time out and all of a sudden a good start has become an excellent one.
Leeds United have seen theirs go the other way – two wins and then a draw with Manchester City was a good response to their lost to Liverpool but they lost at home to Wolves last weekend.
Both teams looks set for decent seasons on the early showings, and Leeds will surely bounce back to winning ways sooner rather than later.
But Villa are hard to back against at the moment, with Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins and Ross Barkley all in good form.
Villa seriously lacked an attacking impetus last season, which nearly cost them their Premier League place.
Now they have pace, power and finishing ability in attack, they look a far more imposing unit.
They can prove as much by winning this game and going top of the league on the back of their five wins from five so far.
Aston Villa are favourites to win after their excellent start to the season but they can be backed at 27/20 to win with 888sport.
Leeds have plenty of attacking talent, however, and will be keen to get back to goalscoring ways after their blank last time out. Both teams to score returns a best price of 13/20 with Betway.
Over 2.5 goals will return a best price of 4/5 with 888sport, meanwhile.
Ollie Watkins can be backed at 7/4 with 888sport to score at any time, while Jack Grealish is 11/4 with Betway.
Aston Villa have won four from four so far, so it is difficult to back against them.