Two teams punching above their respective weight so far in the Premier League this season meet at Villa Park on Friday night.
This is a game that, should they win, will send Aston Villa to the top of the Premier League table until, at least Sunday when Everton play Southampton.
It’s been a start that many Villa fans would have only dreamed of and if they are to achieve that top spot they’ll be looking to Ross Barkley to carry on his fine goalscoring form having netted two in two for the Midlands side since joining on loan from Chelsea for the season.
A win against Bielsa’s side would equal Aston Villa’s consecutive win record in the top flight of 5 games, but they should not expect the niceties offered last time this pair met.
The last outing between these two teams was at Elland Road in 2019 when, after Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich scored a contentious opening goal, manager Marcelo Bielsa order his team to concede an equaliser with the match finishing 1-1.
For Leeds United, they appear to have settled a little after the goal-fests of their opening two games against Liverpool and Fulham, but still find themselves in 10th, with 7 points and just one win off Liverpool in 3rd – making them the stand out pick from this seasons promoted teams.
West Bromwich Albion and Fulham have only amassed only 3 points between them so far this season.
Whilst Dean Smith is likely to name an unchanged side from his team’s win over Leicester City last weekend, Marcelo Bielsa will be without influential midfielder Kalvin Phillips who is unavailable for several weeks after picking up a shoulder injury against Wolves. Liam Cooper is also a doubt and Diego Llorente remains out.
Kick off at Villa Park is at 8pm.