Free tips Championship: Aston Villa v Leeds United prediction (7.45pm, Thursday)

ASTON VILLA VS LEEDS UNITED PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS AND MATCH PREVIEWS

Thursday 29th December 19:45, Villa Park. Live on Sky Sports 1


ASTON VILLA VS LEEDS UNITED PREDICTIONS


HALF-TIME RESULT:

Draw at 11/10 with Betfair


ASIAN HANDICAP PREDICTION:

Leeds United +0.25 at 11/10 with bet365


REASON FOR ASTON VILLA VS LEEDS UNITED BETTING TIPS

Aston Villa v Leeds United is Thursday’s Championship offering live on Sky Sports 1, in a game between two teams harboring top-flight ambitions.

Confidence is high in both camps going into this clash, with Aston Villa having lost just two of their last 12 games to slowly push up the table to within striking distance of the play-off places.

For their part, Leeds United are already in the Top 6 and flying on the back of 8 wins in their last 10 matches, with their only two defeats in that run coming against the current top two in the Championship. Those eight victories include a 2-0 win against Villa at Elland Road in early December.

Despite only currently being 10th in the Championship, Aston Villa can boast the only remaining unbeaten home record in the division this season, having won six and drawn five of their 11 matches on home soil to date. That run includes winning their last five on the spin at Villa Park.

Even so, Leeds under Garry Monk haven´t suffered from much in the way of travel sickness this season, with only Newcastle United surpassing their record of six wins on the road, four of which have been in their last five away games. The only exception was a 2-0 defeat at the current leaders, Brighton & Hove Albion.

Both of these teams have generally been better defensively than they have been going forward this term, so we can probably expect a fairly tight opening 45 minutes. On that basis, backing the draw at the interval looks a reasonable shout at 11/10 with Betfair.

Taking Leeds + 0.25 on the Asian Handicap might also be worth considering. That’s a bet that would see half your stake matched at the winning odds and the other half refunded to your account were the game to end in a draw.

With regards to an Aston Villa v Leeds United correct score tip, a 1-1 draw at 6/1 with BetVictor looks a distinct possibility in a game that is likely to be tight.

In the Anytime Goalscorer market, it could be worth noting that Villa’s Ross McCormack grabbed his first goal in over 3 months against Burton Albion on Boxing Day and he could come back to haunt his former club at 23/10 with Coral.


ASTON VILLA VS LEEDS UNITED STATS

Only 30% of all Aston Villa’s Championship matches this season have gone Over 2.5 Goals. Leeds’s record is only marginally more impressive at 35%.

Both Teams To Score (BTTS) has occurred in 73% of Aston Villa’s matches at Villa Park this season, but in only 36% of Leeds’s away games.


ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS

Midfielder Gary Gardner will require a late fitness test after he was taken off in the win over Burton Albion, otherwise Steve Bruce has no new injury concerns.


LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS

Having suffered a blow to the head in the win at Preston, centre-back Kyle Bartley will need to be assessed before being allowed to play. Eunan O’Kane (groin) and Charlie Taylor (Achilles) are both close to fitness, but O’Kane has been ruled out and Taylor remains doubtful. Having both started from the bench at Preston, Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez could start after returning from injury.


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