Leeds vs Aston Villa betting tips, predictions and match preview for Sunday’s vitally important Championship fixture on Sunday afternoon. The Whites endured a torrid Easter weekend, and they’ll be desperate to bounce back here. Marcelo Bielsa’s side haven’t looked themselves in recent weeks, and they’ll be up against it here. Villa are on a superb winning run, and they will be full of confidence.
The turnaround in form for Aston Villa has been quite incredible, and nobody will fancy facing them in the play-offs. Leeds could end up facing Dean Smith’s side twice in quick succession, and this is a potential warm-up for the 2019 Championship play-off final. Leeds need to hope that Sheffield United slip up against Ipswich, and they will know the outcome by the time they kick-off at Elland Road. Can they get back to winning ways here?
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were uncharacteristically sloppy over the course of the Easter weekend with successive defeats to Wigan and Brentford. Their loss at Griffin Park was partly understandable as they have a terrible record at Griffin Park, and always struggle against the Bees in West London.
It was their home loss to ten-men Wigan which was the major concern. They dominated possession, and the corner count, but couldn’t find a way through. Pontus Jansson has struggled in recent weeks, and he will need to be at his best against the likes of Jonathon Kodjia, Connor Hourihane and Jack Grealish.
Villa’s superb recent run has been outstanding, and they look unstoppable. David Martin kept the score down against Millwall on Easter Monday, as the Villains dominated from start to finish. Stoke were the last side to take anything off Dean Smith’s men at the end of February, and unless Leeds have significantly improved, they’re unlikely to end that run.
Villa aren’t blowing sides away, but they are getting the job done, and another professional performance can be expected. Five of their last seven victories have ended with either two or three goals, and a similar outcome is likely. Leeds have conceded two goals in each of their last two performances, and they don’t look capable of keeping a clean sheet on current evidence.
2-3 Goals might be the best option here, it’s landed in three of Leeds’ last four matches, and the same for the visitors.
It is available at 23/20 with Bet Victor and it’s the first of our Leeds vs Aston Villa predictions for Sunday afternoon.
Match Betting Odds:
Leeds Win – 10/11
Draw – 14/5
Aston Villa Win – 16/5
Tammy Abraham will miss this clash through injury, so Villa will have to look elsewhere for their goals. Jonathon Kodjia is likely to lead the line once again, and the former Bristol City man did find the net against Millwall on Easter Monday.
Villa will be looking to score goals from the midfield, and Jack Grealish is always a decent bet, however, I’m opting for the incredibly talented John McGinn. The 24-year old perhaps need to add some goals to his game, but he’s popped up with some important strikes during Villa’s winning run, and four of his six goals have come away from home this season.
He’s played an important part in Villa’s rise up the table, and he could bag his seventh goal of the season here.
He is the biggest price of the Villa midfielders, and John McGinn to Score Anytime is the second of our betting tips for Sunday. He is 15/2 with Betfred to find the net in 90 minutes.
Leeds desperately need the points, and that is understandably factored into their odds for this match, but I can’t help but feel that they’ve been overrated by the bookies once again. I don’t think many other sides who have won ten games in a row would start a match at bigger than 3/1!
Therefore, a pro-Villa bet is a must here. Dean Smith’s side have been much better since Tyrone Mings came into the side, and they’ve looked far more assured at the back. The return of Jack Grealish also sparked a resurgence, and even without Tammy Abraham in the side, they should be able to head back to the Midlands with at least a point to show for it.
Leeds are having a wobble, and I fully expect them to pick up some points from their final two games, despite their woeful performances in recent weeks. Their squad looks a little jaded, and they need Pablo Hernandez to return to his hugely influential self here.
Villa should remain unbeaten here, and Evens is just too big for them to avoid defeat.
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? | Adam on Aston Villa: "They're a good side, Dean Smith has got them playing how he wants, they've got some really good players, but we've had some good results against some good sides. We want to put a marker down, gain some momentum and see where it takes us"
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 26, 2019
"I'm not thinking about Play-Offs at the moment – I've got to plan for Leeds on Sunday.
"My concentration is on that and the fact we're two points behind West Brom. We want to finish above them if we can."
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) April 26, 2019