League: ENGLAND: Championship – Round 43
Match: 19:45 Aston Villa – Leeds
Prediction: 1 Half Over 0.5 Goals
Average odds: 1.35
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 1:0(1:0) WIN!!!


Aston Villa (W2, D1, L2) sit in fourth-place with automatic promotion still in their grasp, as Leeds United (W1, D1, L3) look to defend 14th place.
After beating Cardiff 1-0 in the last round, a win here for Villa (76pts) will not only guarantee a play-off spot, but will heap even more pressure on Neil Warnock’s faltering third-placed team. A tricky run-in pits the ‘Villains’ against Ipswich and Millwall at home, followed by Derby away. With ten league titles to boast, however, Villa are solid contenders for promotion to the Premiership.
With two wins since Christmas and just three clean sheets in 2018, Leeds are taking each game as it comes and the season’s end can’t come soon enough. After an early season showing in the play-off spots, Leeds’ away form now sees them with one league win in ten fixtures. With eight goals scored in their last ten away matches since December 2017, Leeds may struggle against Villa’s home form, which has produced 25 league goals in ten matches.
Paul Heckingbottom has won just two of his 12 games in charge, and with Leeds fan and Yorkshireman Mick McCarthy now free, the media conjecture begins.
In all competitions since 1924, Aston Villa have won 38 head-to-head matches, and with their last win coming in 1999, Leeds trail with 30 wins – the teams have played out 29 draws.
Players to watchAlbert Adomah (AST) has 14 goals this season and needs to break a six-game goalless spell.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kemar Roofe are Leeds’ top goalscorers with ten apiece – but Pablo Hernandez has scored three in his last six games and with a goal every other game – can he follow sequence here?
Stat attack: The last five meetings between these two sides have seen under 2.5 goals.
Villa are second and Leeds are 23rd in the ‘Fairplay table’ – referee Tony Harrington has officiated seven Leeds’ games since 2014 (W2, D3, L2), handing out nine yellow cards and awarding a penalty against them.