Three key battles: Aston Villa vs. Leeds United

Aston Villa and Leeds United meet in a much-anticipated Championship fixture at Villa Park on Thursday night.

The hosts have won three of their last four league matches and bounced back from a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Norwich by recording one-goal wins over Queens Park Rangers and Burton Albion respectively to move up to 10th in the standings.

Meanwhile, despite a disappointing start to the campaign, Leeds have been one of the division’s form teams in recent months and they are currently enjoying a three-match winning run, including a 4-1 thrashing of Preston North End at Deepdale on Boxing Day.

Earlier this month, these two met in a fixture at Elland Road that ended in a 2-0 win for the hosts, so both sides will know that there are players who can be match-winners on the opposition team.

Here are three key battles that could decide where the encounter is lost and won…