Aston Villa boss Unai Emery continues to look to plant roots in England’s second city as the Villains prepare to play host to struggling Leeds United tomorrow night under the Friday night lights at Villa Park.
The club comes into the weekend on the back of credible form of late after securing a combined ten points in their last five Premier League fixtures (3-1-1)on either side of the extended international break which has included wins against Manchester United (H), Brighton (A), and Tottenham (A), with the lone loss suffered at the hands of Liverpool.
There is scope to suggest that Villa should feel disappointed over their recent draw with Wolves last time out, but still, Emery deserves a fair degree of credit since he returned to the Premier League as Steven Gerrard’s successor, with a new-found belief to have seemingly taken hold over the club and its loyal fans.
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- Diego Carlos, and John McGinn (out)
- Leander Dendoncker (red card)
- Ludwig Augustinsson, and Matty Cash (doubt)
Aston Villa boss Unai Emery does not come into Friday night’s clash without many new selection issues ahead of Leeds United’s visit to Villa Park but has been stripped of Belgian international midfielder Leander Dendoncker after his red card against Stevenage in Villa’s shock FA Cup loss.
Emery is still unable to call upon the services of club summer signing Diego Carlos while also being denied of key central figure John McGinnin equal measure. Swedish defender Ludwig Augustinsson and Polish international right-back Matty Cash are the other two possible absentees in question, and the pair face late assessments that, if passed, could see them included in the matchday squad.