Aston Villa v Leeds LIVE commentary: Emery’s side hope to return to winning ways in Premier League after Stevenage shock but Marsch under pressure – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

    Aston Villa and Leeds will both look to bounce back from disappointing FA Cup showings when they meet in the Premier League on Friday night.

    The Villans were emphatically dumped out of the competition at home by Stevenage – a side 59 places below them in the standings.

    Villa suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to League Two Stevenage

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    Villa suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to League Two Stevenage

    Leeds needed a stoppage time equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw with Championship side Cardiff – but it wasn’t enough to stop them being booed off.

    The two sides were involved in a 0-0 stalemate when they met in the reverse fixture back in October.

    Leeds are currently only two points above the relegation zone and five behind Villa in eleventh albeit having played a game less.

    Aston Villa v Leeds: talkSPORT coverage

    This Premier League match will take place on Friday, January 13. 

    Kick-off at Villa Park is scheduled for 8pm. 

    talkSPORT will have live and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the game with Hugh Woozencroft serving as your presenter. 

    Commentary will then come from Clive Tyldesley and former England striker Dean Ashton.

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    Teenager Sonny Perkins scored his first professional goal to save Leeds

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    Teenager Sonny Perkins scored his first professional goal to save Leeds

    Aston Villa v Leeds: Team news

    The hosts have agreed a deal to sign Real Betis defender Alex Moreno but the move is unlikely to be completed in time for him to play.

    Emiliano Martinez will return in goal after being rested against Stevenage, but John McGinn remains a doubt with a hamstring injury.

    The visitors could hand a first start for new signing Maximilian Wober after he came off the bench in the Cardiff draw.

    Yet Leeds will still be without Patrick Bamford, Luis Sinisterra – who was sent off in the reverse game – and Stuart Dallas through injury.

    Emery has overseen an upturn in Villa’s Premier League form since taking over

    Emery has overseen an upturn in Villa’s Premier League form since taking over

    Aston Villa v Leeds: What has been said?

    Emery, speaking after the defeat to Stevenage, said: “I arrived here two months ago.

    “The first thing I told them was that I was not happy coming in as a substitute for another coach. When it is not going well, the club usually changes the coach. We have to impose again our mentality, our idea and I have that experience. But we have to do that process being very demanding.

    “At the beginning – when one coach is coming – the first reaction is being excited and everybody giving all they can. But to be consistent in that way, that is difficult to keep.

    “The idea is that in two or three years and I am still here, really, we can say that the process was being consistent, demanding and achieving in each moment of the target we are setting. An ambitious objective but, as well, it’s not going to be easy.

    “I am not magical here to come here and change everything. Now it’s fantastic, we got 10 points from 15 but the last match we played against Wolves I was very, very upset because I was like, ‘Hey, we are starting so quickly again… not doing the tactical or individual demands I want to put out. And today it was different, completely different.”

    Marsch continues to be under pressure with Leeds near the drop zone

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    Marsch continues to be under pressure with Leeds near the drop zone

    Aston Villa v Leeds: Match facts

    • Rodrigo has scored 40% of Leeds’ Premier League goals so far this season (10/25), with only Erling Haaland (47%) and Harry Kane (41%) netting a higher share for their side this term.
    • Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League games, as many as he had in his previous 32 before this. He’s looking to score in consecutive league appearances for the first time this season.
    • The ball has been in-play for an average of just 50 minutes and 56 seconds in Leeds’ Premier League games this season, the lowest of any side in the division so far this term.
    • There have been 13 goals scored in the opening 15 minutes of Aston Villa’s Premier League matches this season (F6 A7), more than any other side. Each of their last five games at Villa Park has seen the scoring opened in this time period.
    • Leeds have won just one of their eight away league games this season (D2 L5), beating Liverpool 2-1 in October. They’ve kept just one clean sheet on the road so far this term, though that was last time out at Newcastle (0-0).
    • Aston Villa scored seven goals in 11 league games under Steven Gerrard this season, at an average of 0.6 per game. Since his departure, the Villans are averaging 1.9 goals per game in the Premier League (13 in seven matches).
    • Leeds have alternated between not winning (D1 L3) and winning (4) in each of their eight Premier League away games on a Friday, beating Wolves 3-2 in their last such match. This run includes a 3-0 win at Aston Villa in October 2020, with Patrick Bamford netting a hat-trick.
    • Aston Villa have lost six of their last nine Premier League games played on a Friday (W2 D1), though they did win their last one against Southampton earlier this season (1-0).
    • Leeds have lost just one of their last six Premier League away games against Aston Villa (W3 D2), going down 2-0 in February 2004.
    • Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games against Leeds United (W2 D2), keeping three clean sheets in this run.

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