European hopefuls Leeds and Aston Villa go head-to-head in the Premier League this evening.
Leeds, who go into this match tenth in the top-flight, are five points off Everton in the final Europa League spot.
Villa are a point better off and a win for either this Saturday could help them push on to a big finish to the season.
Leeds beat Southampton in midweek while Villa lost to Leicester last time out.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men also claimed a 3-0 win over Dean Smith and co in October thanks to Patrick Bamford’s hat-trick.
This fixtures has become famous for Bielsa allowing Villa to score against Leeds in a dramatic 2019 clash, sparking a bit of a rivalry between the two sides – which has been emphasised by Gabby Agbonlahor on talkSPORT.
Leeds vs Aston Villa: How to listen
This match will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 27.
Full coverage from Elland Road will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.
Faye Carruthers will be your host and commentary will come from Nigel Adderley and Micky Gray.
To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.
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Leeds vs Aston Villa: Team news
Leeds: Meslier, Llorente, Cooper, Struijk, Ayling, Klich, Dallas, Helder Costa, Roberts, Raphinha, Bamford.
Subs: Alioski, Casilla, Hernandez, Harrison, Davis, Gelhardt, Cresswell, Jenkins, Huggins.
Aston Villa: Martinez, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, McGinn, Traore, Ramsey, El Ghazi, Watkins.
Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, Barkley, Engels, Sanson, Davis, Hayden.
Leeds vs Aston Villa: What has been said?
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: “Aston Villa are a team that play very well, they’re consistent.
“In that game we were in a very high version of ourselves and in the 20 games since, they have had ups and downs and so have we.
“I think Aston Villa observed the changes they needed to make from last season and they found solutions to the positions they thought they needed to improve.
“They managed to conserve the players that showed they had the level to play in this competition and they have some young players who complement the project and make it efficient.
“The goal is always to resolve the next game and to resolve the next game normally makes you maintain your position or improve it.
“Of course, we hope to play sufficiently well to deserve to win and in the case we get a positive result, we will see how it reflects on the table.”
Leeds vs Aston Villa: Match stats and facts
- Leeds are looking to complete their first league double over Aston Villa since the 1975-76 campaign, following their 3-0 win at Villa Park earlier this season.
- Aston Villa have won just two of their last 17 away league games against Leeds (D9 L6), with those victories coming in January and December 2000.
- Leeds are looking to win consecutive league games against Aston Villa for the first time since April/August 1995. In the Premier League, the Whites have lost just one of their last eight meetings with the Villans (0-2 in February 2004).
- Only Manchester United (17), Liverpool (14) and Newcastle (14) have won more Premier League away games in Yorkshire than Aston Villa (13). However, the Villans have failed to score in their last three top-flight visits to the county since beating Hull 2-0 in April 2010.
- Leeds have lost five of their eight Premier League games played on Saturdays this season (W2 D1), while Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last six Saturday league games (W5 D1), keeping a clean sheet each time.
- All three of Aston Villa’s Premier League games against promoted sides this season have finished 3-0, with the Villans beating Fulham and West Brom and losing to Leeds. Aston Villa are looking to win away against all three promoted teams in a single Premier League season for the first time.
- When conceding at least once, Aston Villa have won just one of their last 22 Premier League games (D4 L17), losing nine of their last 10 since beating Liverpool 7-2 in October.
- Leeds’ Patrick Bamford has scored five goals in his three starts in all competitions against Aston Villa, including the first Premier League hat-trick of his career in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
- Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins has faced Leeds United more often than any other opponent without scoring in his English league career, drawing a blank in each of his seven appearances against the Whites.
- Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martínez has a save percentage of 77.4% in the Premier League this season, the highest on record in a single top-flight campaign for the Villans (since 2003-04, min. 10 games). The Argentine has also kept 12 clean sheets this term, with Brad Friedel the last Villa goalkeeper to keep more than 12 in a top-flight season (15 in 2009-10).