Aston Villa have again boosted their chances of sneaking into the Europa League spots this season as they picked up a clinical 1-0 win at Leeds.

Anwar El Ghazi’s early strike earned all three points for the Villa as they move to within touching distance of Everton, as Leeds slip back into the bottom half.

Both sides looked bright and breezy early on but a Leeds error gifted Villa the crucial breakthrough.

Ollie Watkins’ strike ricocheted off Liam Cooper and El Ghazi kept his head to calmly slot home.

The Dutch international continued to carry the key threat for Villa before the break as Illan Meslier produced two vital stops to keep him out.

And despite dominating possession after the break, Leeds were unable to really test Emiliano Martinez.

Brazilian star Raphinha looked the most likely to snatch an equaliser in the dying stages but Dean Smith’s battlers had enough to dig for the win.

Full Time from Elland Road it’s Leeds United 0 Aston Villa 1

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