Axel Tuanzebe to receive a start? – Predicted 4-1-4-1 Aston Villa XI to face Leeds United


Aston Villa vs Leeds United predictions: Aston Villa line-up

Aston Villa visit Elland Road to face Leeds United on Sunday as the Midlands side look to continue their fantastic run of form.

Dean Smith’s side have won 10 games in a row, with their latest success coming against Millwall on Monday. Villa’s 1-0 home win over Millwall coupled with West Brom’s 0-0 draw with Reading closes the gap between the Midlands clubs to just two points.

Leeds United, on the other hand, have lost their way a bit in their title charge after two successive defeats but Marcelo Bielsa will be keen to bounce back against Aston Villa.

Team News

Axel Tuanzebe missed the Millwall game with an ankle problem but could be back for the trip to Leeds.

Tammy Abraham was also absent on Monday and could miss out the vital game at Elland Road with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Tommy Elphick and James Chester are back in training but it’ll take time before they come back into the squad.

Probable Aston Villa XI

Formation: 4-1-4-1

Manager: Dean Smith

Jed Steer (GK)

Kalinic’s absence due to injury has seen Steer establish himself as Villa’s first-choice in goal. Expect Steer to be in goal on Sunday.

Ahmed Elmohamady (RB)

The Egyptian has done well at right-back of late and should keep his place in the team.

Axel Tuanzebe (CB)

Tuanzebe missed the win over Millwall with a minor ankle problem but he’ll be back in central defence against Leeds.

Axel Tuanzebe

Tyrone Mings (CB)

Mings has added a much-needed physicality and solidity to the Villa backline. He is expected to partner Tuanzebe in central defence at the weekend.

Neil Taylor (LB)

Taylor has done well of late, with Smith showing a lot of confidence on the Welshman. The left-back has managed to repay his manager’s faith and should start on Sunday.

Glenn Whelan (CDM)

Glenn Whelan continues to excel in a deeper role under Smith. The veteran midfielder brings loads of experience and his presence in the engine room allows Villa’s creative players the freedom to express.

John McGinn

John McGinn (RCM)

McGinn is one of the first names on Smith’s team sheet. He is expected to retain his place in the team against the Whites.

Jack Grealish (LCM)

Grealish is the creative hub of the team and his form is going to be key if Villa are to dream of promotion.

Albert Adomah (RW)

Adomah really hard on and off the ball. His end product may be frustrating but there’s no doubting his energy and work rate in every game.

Anwar El Ghazi

Anwar El Ghazi (LW)

The fleet-footed El Ghazi can win games single-handedly on his day. His trickery, burst of pace and movement could cause problems to the Leeds backline.

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Jonathan Kodjia (ST)

Kodjia led the line in Abraham’s absence against Millwall and scored the only goal of the game. He’s expected to keep his place in the team at Elland Road as well.

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