Aston Villa v Leeds United

Aston Villa vs Leeds: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

3:02 PM GMT 13/04/2018
John Terry Aston Villa
Steve Bruce's side can secure a top-six finish with victory on Friday evening, allowing them to focus on a late push for automatic promotion

Aston Villa will be looking to secure themselves a top-six finish in the Championship when they play host to Leeds on Friday evening.

Steve Bruce's side sit 10 points clear of seventh-placed Middlesbrough at present and will land at least a play-off berth with victory in their latest outing.

A welcome win would also allow them to keep piecing together a late charge for an automatic promotion spot, with second place behind leaders Wolves still up for grabs.

In contrast to the ambition being shown by Villa, Leeds are already destined for mid-table mediocrity after struggling for consistency throughout the 2017-18 campaign.

Game Aston Villa vs Leeds United
Date Friday, April 13
Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched via ESPN or through the WatchESPN app.

US TV channel Online stream

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and streamed online using Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Football Sky Go

Squads & Team News

Position Aston Villa players
Goalkeepers Johnstone, Bunn
Defenders Taylor, Samba, Chester, Bree, Richards, Terry, Elmohamady, Tuanzebe
Midfielders Whelan, Snodgrass, Lansbury, Grealish, Hourihane, Jedinak, Onomah, Bjarnason, O'Hare, Adomah, Lyden
Forwards Hogan, Agbonlahor, Kodjia, Davis, McCormack, Grabban, Hepburn-Murphy

Bruce has defensive issues to contend with heading into an important fixture.

Alan Hutton remains sidelined, while Villa have fitness concerns over John Terry, Axel Tuanzebe, Birkir Bjarnason, Andre Green and Jed Steer.

Potential Aston Villa starting XI: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Samba, Chester, Bree; Adomah, Whelan, Hourihane, Snodgrass; Grealish; Grabban.

Position Leeds United players
Goalkeepers Lonergan, Wieldwald, Peacock-Farrell
Defenders Ayling, Pennington, Cooper, Anita, De Bock, Jansson, Berardi, Shaughnessy, O'Connor, Diaz, Pearce
Midfielders Forshaw, Alioski, O'Kane, Dallas, Hernandez, Siaz, Phillps, Sacko, Vieira, Gomes
Forwards Roofe, Lasogga, Grot, Cibicki, Roberts, Ekuban

Gaetano Berardi will sit out the remainder of the season for Leeds through suspension.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom has several other potential absentees to contend with, as Pontus Jansson is nursing a concussion and Liam Cooper, Matthew Pennington, Laurens De Bock, Luke Ayling, Conor Shaughnessy, Adam Forshaw, Eunan O’Kane and Tyler Roberts are all recovering from various ailments.

Potential Leeds United starting XI: Peacock-Farrell; Dallas, O’Connor, Diaz, Pearce; Alioski, Vieira, Phillips, Hernandez; Saiz, Roofe.

Betting & Match Odds

Villa are considered to be favourites with dabblebet, who offer odds of 4/9 on a home win, while Cardiff are priced at 6/1. A draw is available at 7/2.

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Match Preview

Aston Villa were in danger of stumbling at a crucial stage of the season, but got back on track last time out.

A vital 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Cardiff has helped to lift the mood around the club, both in the stands and on the field.

Bruce was charged with the task of returning the club to the Premier League upon his appointment and will be fully aware of the pressure he is under to deliver top-flight football.

Leeds, meanwhile, are now playing for pride after enduring another frustrating campaign.

The Whites have won just one of their last eight Championship fixtures, with Heckingbottom now finding himself under pressure after just two months at the helm.