Date: 23 December 2018
Time: 13.300 BST, 8.30 AM EDT, 10.30 AM ART
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All-time Record: Leeds United v Aston Villa: 30W 29D 39L
The biggest story going into the match has to be the return of Luke Ayling. The right back going out last season after the Nottingham Forest match on New Year’s Day was the first domino to fall in a January to forget that saw Leeds lose a bunch of games, Christiansen get sacked, and the playoff dream end. Ayling’s return will be a big boost for Leeds, as he can play at either right back or central defender, which means that two young players, Jamie Shackleton and Aapo Halme, won’t necessarily be pressed into starting duty.
If Ayling plays at central defence, then it might allow Kalvin Phillips to move back to the central midfield, which would be good to see, as Leeds look a lot more dangerous attacking when Phillips is playing, although Adam Forshaw hasn’t been bad.
Kemar Roofe will likely start up top, and Pablo Hernandez might move to the middle of the pitch to play in the number 10 role. Jack Clarke might start on the wing, which would be a big ask for a player to go to Villa Park to get his first start. However, Marcelo Bielsa is willing to show faith in teenagers, so that may not matter. Clarke has been making a difference every time he’s been on the pitch, and it’s past due time for him to start.