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When it comes to Aston Villa’s 3-0 defeat against Leeds United, like the 7-2 win over Liverpool before it, it’s a match you could file away in the anomaly draw, when it comes to offering up a clear indication to where Villa are at this season.
If Villa had taken one or two of their decent chances before Patrick Bamford first struck, the game could have played out more like Leed’s previous game against Wolves. Leeds impressed in that game with a dynamic and spirited performance, but their opponents shepherded the game to three points once they had scored the opener.
It’s unlikely Villa will face an opponent who play in the same style as Leeds, until they visit Elland Road later in the season, so the types of games that will provide a better yardstick of Villa’s progress will the ones against the likes of Leicester City and Southampton.
Ross Barkley’s injury-time winner against Leicester City last week, left Aston Villa as the only remaining 100% team in English football, until Leeds visited Villa Park. Leicester City, like Leeds after them, were missing key players, so Villa were very much looking to improve on their two league defeats to the Foxes last season. They certainly did with a 1-0 away win.
Southampton’s recent win against Everton to end the Toffee’s status as the last unbeaten Premier League team, will bring Villa some comfort, as it returns them to being the best placed Premier League team in terms of ‘Points Per Game’. At the same time, it showcases Villa’s own upcoming game against the Saints as another legitimate litmus test to where they’re at. A Villa win will certainly return Dean Smith’s men’s momentum and confidence, while any other result will certainly subdue expectations for the season ahead.
Episode 119 of the My Old Man Said podcast will be with you later today, that looks at life post Leeds with a view to the Southampton clash, so until then, make sure you’ve caught up with both episodes 118 and 118.5 for MOMS’ insights so far this season.
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