Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that Aston Villa looked ordinary without Jack Grealish last weekend as he backed Leeds United to pick up a 2-0 win when the pair meet on Saturday.
Just one team sit between the Whites and Villans in the Premier League table. However, Dean Smith’s men do boast two games in hand over Leeds.
But it is Marcelo Bielsa’s side who go into the game off the back of a victory. The Whites produced a stunning second-half display to beat Southampton 3-0 at Elland Road on Tuesday.
Villa meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against Leicester. Grealish missed the game due to injury.
And Lawrenson has suggested that he can see Leeds making it back-to-back wins against Villa following their 3-0 victory earlier in the campaign.
“Leeds were really strong against Southampton in midweek, and won without Kalvin Phillips in their team,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 2-0 win.
“The only other time that has happened this season came when they beat Aston Villa in the reverse of this fixture in October. Phillips is still injured and I am going for the same outcome again this time.
“I’ve talked before about how Phillips knits Leeds together and they are not the same without him – well, we found out what Villa are like without Jack Grealish when they lost to Leicester at the weekend. They looked ordinary against the Foxes.”
If Villa are indeed without Grealish once again, the squad will surely be desperate to prove a point.
The 25-year-old is their talisman. However, the idea that they cannot win without him will surely not sit well with them.
Bielsa will certainly not allow his players to take them lightly, whether Grealish plays or not. Leeds produced one of their performances of the season to beat Villa last time.
And they will be setting their sights on hitting those heights once again to secure another positive result.