Garry Monk's fine record versus Aston Villa

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United host the West Midlands side on Saturday.

Leeds United produced a gutsy performance at Liverpool on Tuesday night, but it was not enough to avoid a 2-0 defeat by the Premier League title challengers.

It was a fine showing from Garry Monk's side but many of the 6,000 supporters would have returned to Yorkshire slightly disappointment that their troops' efforts did not yield a spot in the semi-final of the League Cup.

That being said, United have been superb in the Championship over the past couple of months and victory over in-form Aston Villa on Saturday would banish the disappointment of what happened on Merseyside.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

And one good omen for the Whites comes in the fact that Monk has won every single match that he has had against Aston Villa as a manager.

The 38-year-old came up against the Villans on four occasions during his 22-month stint in charge of Swansea and managed to win every time.

Leeds ace Pablo Hernandez - who is expected to miss out on Saturday through injury - was among the goalscorers when the Swans beat Villa 3-1 in April 2014 for Monk's first victory against the West Midlands outfit.

Leeds United's manager Garry Monk

Two 1-0 victories followed in the 2014-15 campaign, before Monk's side then won 2-1 at Villa Park during Tim Sherwood's reign.

They have had three different head coaches since the young manager last faced them, and Villa seem to be as stable now as they have been for a long time, following Steve Bruce's appointment two months ago.

Of course, such an impressive head-to-head record may mean nothing for Leeds come Saturday, but the supporters may take comfort in the knowledge that their manager has previous of beating them. Whether that proves the case with United, against Bruce's Villa, remains to be seen.

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