Three memorable Leeds United versus Aston Villa matches: who has the edge?

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The two sides meet for the first time in 12 years on Saturday at Elland Road.

Leeds United and Aston Villa meet for the first in twelve years on Saturday at Elland Road and their first under the umbrella of The Championship, as two of the original members of the inaugural Premier League campaign match up.

The two have met a total of 94 times in both league and cup, with The Villans having won 38 times to Leeds' 29during their previous meetings.

Here are three of the most memorable:

Leeds United 5-2 Aston Villa, 4 May 1991, Elland Road, Leeds.

In their first season on their return to the top flight after winning the Division Two title the season beforehand, a Lee Chapman brace guided The Whites to a handsome 5-2 win at Elland Road in May 1991.

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Further goals from Carl Shutt, Chris Whyte and Gary Speed saw the hosts record an emphatic victory over Aston Villa in front of almost 30,000 fans.

Leeds finished fourth in the table behind winners Arsenal, Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa 1-1 Leeds United, 19 August 1992, Villa Park.

The following term, in their first meeting in the newly introduced Premier League 34 years ago, Gary Speed again found the target, as his 84th minute goal cancelled out Dalian Atkinson's first half effort from a corner, to earn a point for The Whites in Birmingham.

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Only a few months on from their league triumph in May, a youthful Leeds side came from behind courtesy of Steve Hodge's incisive through pass, that found surging Speed who slid the ball under Villa 'keeper Nigel Spink.

Just over a month later, striker Eric Cantona made the switch to their Red Devils rivals for the paltry sum of £1.2m as reported in The Guardian, following Sir Alex Ferguson's now famous phone call between the pair.

Howard Wilkinson's men relinquished their grip on the league crown, as Manchester United went on to win the first of many Premier League trophies under the Scot.

Aston Villa 3-2 Leeds United, 30 January 2000, Villa Park.  

Once again at Villa Park, the two met in perhaps their most thrilling encounter in the modern times during the Fifth Round of the FA Cup at the turn of the millennium, in January 2000. 

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After Ian Harte had given the visitors the lead, Benito Carbone scored the first of three goals as the Italian went down in Aston Villa folklore.

Eirik Bakke restored Leeds' advantage, before the 28 year-old added two more after the break to cap a magical outing for the forward. 

Carbone scored just one more time during his 12-month spell with Villa, making 24 appearances for the club. 

Aston Villa went on the reach the final that year, only to suffer a 1-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium via a Roberto di Matteo goal.

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