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Leeds United v Aston Villa: Premier League — live

Leeds: Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk; Adams, Roca; Sinisterra, Aaronson, Harrison; Rodrigo. Subs: Klaesson, Ayling, Firpo, Bamford, Summerville, Llorente, Gnonto, Greenwood, Klich.

Aston Villa: Martinez; Augustinsson, Konsa, Mings, Young; Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins, Coutinho. Subs: Olsen, Sanson, INgs, Buendia, Nakamba, Bednarek, Dendoncker, Archer, Bogarde

Why is this game kicking off at 4.30pm rather than 2pm? One for the Premier League to answer, though Asian worldwide audiences may be the answer. Anyway, on with the show, where 13th takes on 14th. Leeds, a point above Villa, have enjoyed their season a little more than today’s opponents, and have proved that a lack of Marcelo Bielsa need not mean a loss of their unpredictability, or even entertainment value. For Bielsa’s bucket read Jesse Marsch, a manager whose rages at officialdom and all-American charm remind of a minor WASP character in The Sopranos. He’s proven a few people wrong and has been a welcome addition, not least because he’s quite amusing when he gets heated. Steven Gerrard meanwhile, continues to embrace life in Sisyphean fashion, carrying the weight of the Premier League on his shoulders despite being one of its all-time greats. Villa have improved a little over the last month, an impressive draw with Manchester City being followed by a win over Southampton. After losing to West Ham over the August bank holiday weekend, Steven looked in some trouble. Win here, and Villa fans can begin to look upwards again. Leeds will feel similar, but let’s hope they can embrace the chaos and make this a fun one. Feels like that’s their role today.

Kick-off at 4.30pm. Join me.

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