Tomorrow sees us play our 4th live game in a row with only one more to go, next Friday at Brighton. This is another tough one and it’s building up to be quite an atmosphere under the lights at Elland Road. Over 32k are expected to be in attendance and that is only second to the Newcastle game a few weeks ago for high crowds at Elland Road in recent years.
Liam Bridcutt won’t make the game but Eunan O’Kane and Pontus Jannson are expected to be fit to return. Some of the players not in the team at the moment made a fine case to be involved on Tuesday night in a passionate and very good performance at Anfield. Gaetano Berardi and Ronaldo Vieira will feel hard done by that Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips are in such good form at the moment. Pablo Hernandez is still out so Kemar Roofe will surely continue to play in behind Chris Wood, the form of Roofe a talking point at the moment.
Villa’s league position certainly doesn’t match the squad they have on paper. Some poor early season form meant a slow start and catch-up, but their back in contention and only a few results outside of the play-offs after a very good start under Steve Bruce. The ex-Hull boss left the Tigers in the summer after some off-field issues and has bagged himself a decent job again. The likes of Tommy Elphick, Mile Jedinak and Jonathon Kodjia all joined in the summer for big money, but ex-Leeds United captain Ross McCormack isn’t expected to make the game through injury. The striker has had a very poor start to his Villa career.
The game is very tough, no doubt about it. Villa are, along with us one of the form teams in the league and they will be looking to show it in front of the cameras tomorrow. We are in fine form and at home we should be looking to take three points from the game despite the squad and form Villa bring to Elland Road.
One to Watch – Jack Grealish – After some off-field issues he seems to have his head down and the football is doing the talking. A very talented player and one who is a match-winner on his day.
Ayling Bartley Jansson Taylor
Sacko Roofe Doukara