Aston Villa-Leeds United Preview
Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard says his team must "try to build" on their recent showings as they attempt to make it three matches without defeat away at Leeds United.
Gerrard's men had lost three league games on the bounce until drawing with Manchester City at the start of August, before following it up with a home victory against Southampton.
And Gerrard says his team must keep up their recent improvements, telling reporters: "Can we build on our last couple of performances against City, one of the best teams in the world?
"We limited them to one goal and managed to take a draw out of the game. We backed that up with a performance that was full of grit, resilience and steel.
"From now, moving forwards, we need to maintain that and try to build on those solid performances, and when our opportunities come in the game to hurt Leeds, we have to be ready for that."
Leeds have been inconsistent this season, performing much better at home, exemplified by results such as a 3-0 hammering of Chelsea in August.
However, they were thumped 5-2 away at Brentford in their most recent match, and they will be glad to be back at Elland Road on Sunday.
And head coach Jesse Marsch has spoken on returning to their home fortress, saying: "I learned a lot about what it meant to play in front of our fans at Elland Road.
"We've had a pretty solid record playing at home. Part of it is playing with aggression, part of it is the energy and mood in our stadium with the fans.
"If we can be a really strong team at home, it allows us to play freer in away matches."
Leeds United - Luis Sinisterra
The Colombia international has scored in each of his first three starts for the club in all competitions, and with another goal against Villa, he would become just the second player in club history to score on his first four starts, after Charlie Keetley in 1928.
Aston Villa - Jacob Ramsey
The midfielder netted the winner in Villa's last league game against Southampton (1-0), taking his goal involvements tally to nine in the Premier League. Should he score or assist against Leeds, he will be the youngest player for Villa (21y 127d) to record 10 goal involvements in the Premier League since Gabriel Agbonlahor in April 2007 (20y 171d).
- Leeds have won just one of their last 10 Premier League home games against Aston Villa (drawn five, lost four), a 3-1 victory on the final day of the 2002-03 campaign.
- Leeds are unbeaten at Elland Road in the league so far this season (won two, drawn one) - only twice in the Premier League have they avoided defeat in each of their first four home league games of a campaign, in 1992-93 (eight games - won five, drawn three) and 2001-02 (eight games - won four, drawn four).
- Aston Villa have picked up four points from their last two league games (won one, drawn one), one more than in their first five games of the season (won one, lost four). Meanwhile the Villans could record consecutive clean sheets in the competition for the first time since April.
- Aston Villa have lost their last four away league games, last losing more consecutively on the road in the Championship in January/February 2017 (five).
- Aston Villa's Philippe Coutinho has four goal involvements in his two previous Premier League appearances against Leeds (two goals, two assists), and could become the first Villa player since John Carew against Stoke in December 2009 to net in each of his first three appearances against an opponent in the competition.
Updated October 1, 2022