Aston Villa kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive on Tuesday night thanks to a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at Villa Park.

However, even the most optimistic of Villa fans will readily admit that the only realistic way they will make it back into the Premier League next season is by winning the play-offs.

Unless they suffer a catastrophic collapse, it’s safe to assure that Villa will at least have a play-off position secured come the end of the season. They currently have a 10 point gap over Middlesbrough in 7th, so they only need one more win from their final four matches to guarantee a play-off position finish.

They have a great opportunity to get that win tonight when they take on Leeds at Villa Park. The Yorkshire-based team have had a very poor season and find themselves sitting in 14th place, a massive 14 points outside the play-off places.

To add to the fact that they have nothing to play for and are ravaged by injuries at the moment, the Villa players will be quietly confident about picking up all three points and keeping the pressure on the Cardiff ad Fulham.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for tonight’s match against Leeds:

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