Aston Villa at Leeds, match facts and a video

I read a comment yesterday about 1-0 win maybe not good enough or that if we only won 1-0 today some might complain. You know this is how I think, but I'd take that boring 1-0 win every week. So would all of you.

Winning 1-0 every week would mean we were winning things. And football is about winning things.

I'm not sure where we get this impression that we should be winning and winning in style or with the most possession or most shots. We need to have one shot on goal that goes in and not concede. I don't care how we do that.

Every team is different. Arsenal under George Graham won with boring football. Manchester United under Sir Alex played exciting, high pressure football, much like Liverpool under Klopp. Manchester City under Pep play a more controlled possession based game. We can't have all of that, but I'd take any one and for me, the boring 1-0 George Graham football just seems the easiest, if even possibly the hardest.

I'm not trying to contradict myself, I'm just saying it doesn't matter how we win.

Match facts from the BBC


  • Leeds have won just one of their past 10 Premier League home games against Villa, a 3-1 victory on the final day of the 2002-03 campaign.
  • Aston Villa could win three league fixtures in a row at Elland Road for the first time.

Leeds United

  • Leeds could remain undefeated in their opening four Premier League home games for the first time since starting the 1992-93 and 2001-02 seasons with eight-match unbeaten runs at Elland Road.
  • They conceded five goals in their last league fixture against Brentford, as many as in their previous five matches of the season. Since their 2020 promotion, Leeds have let in five or more goals in five top-flight games, more than any other side.
  • Patrick Bamford is one short of 100 career league goals but has failed to score in his past seven league appearances.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa have earned four points from their past two games, one more than in their opening five fixtures.
  • However, they could lose five consecutive away league matches for the first time since January and February 2017 in the Championship. Defeat would also equal their longest away losing streak from the beginning of a Premier League campaign: four in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
  • Villa have lost 18 of their past 25 Premier League fixtures played in October, including each of the last five.
  • Philippe Coutinho has scored one goal and made no assists in his last 18 Premier League appearances.
  • Douglas Luiz has scored direct from a corner in Villa's last two competitive away games.

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