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Leeds United at Aston Villa, 2016: Time, TV, lineups, preview and how to watch

Leeds close out the year at Villa Park. Will three points bookend a successful 2016 for Monk and Co.?

Aston Villa  v Wigan - Sky Bet Championship

Rejoice football fans, we made it! The end of 2016 is upon us and Leeds United have one final test before the calendar year disappears into the abyss.

A trip to Villa Park is how Garry Monk and his charges will celebrate the new year. United will take on Aston Villa in a clash between two sides sitting inside the top 10 of the league.

Monday’s victory over Preston North End solidified United’s place in the top six for now, but Villa are only six points behind Leeds and this makes today’s game another vital bout in the fight for the playoffs. The Championship table remains tight and games between two contenders like this carry extra weight for all involved.

Our Matt Robinson completed a wonderful match preview, and Anatoliy Ivantchouk covered off on his likely man of the match candidates yesterday. James Mahoney will be on the live tweets at @ThruItAllLIVE and there will be full post match coverage after the final whistle.

Strap yourselves in, enjoy the final 90 minutes of Leeds United football for 2016 and let the TIAT team take you into 2017, the year a certain Yorkshire footballing giant will return to the Premier League (here’s hoping!). MOT

WHAT

Aston Villa vs. Leeds United

EFL Championship fixture

WHERE

Villa Park, Birmingham

Sky Sports 1, beIN Sports, LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds, International Listings

WHEN

Thursday, December 29, 2016

11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT

WHO

Leeds United predicted starting XI

Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Phillips, Bridcutt, Sacko, Roofe, Dallas, Doukara

Aston Villa predicted starting XI

Bunn, Hutton, Chester, Baker, Amavi, Jedinak, Gardner, Bacuna, Adomah, McCormack, Kodija

ODDS

Leeds 14/5

Draw 9/4

Villa 21/10

PREDICTIONS

James Mahoney: 0-0. Aston Villa have been in decent form as of late and as the home side will be expecting to win but Leeds will be able to control their attacking threat. I think the game will be tight with few chances and will finish scoreless for a good point to finish December. MOT

Ben Mallis: 2-1 Leeds. It’s almost impossible to doubt this team at the moment. Villa have been playing well of late and I predict we will see their best effort. But here is the dirty secret all United fans think yet won’t admit: Leeds are finally a quality football side again and capable of beating anyone in this league. Roofe to score the winner and finish the best year Elland Road has witnessed this decade. MOT