Thanks to Pete Schlenker at Through It All Together for sharing his answers about Leeds United. I answered some questions about Villa which can be found over on their site.
1. What summer additions have worked out and which ones haven't?
We've had a few good additions, a few questionable additions, and some bad additions. Samu Saiz and Gjanni Alioski have been great for Leeds so far this season. Alioski has scored goals in the four straight games, and when he's in form and scoring, Leeds have looked pretty good.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga, a loanee from Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga has shown flashes of why he was the highest-paid player on his team and why they're now paying him to play for Leeds. He's been brilliant and he' looked lazy. He missed out the past three games with "illness" after being hauled off against Brentford at half-time. He missed an absolute sitter against Brentford and apart from the match against Bristol City, he hasn't looked good in weeks.
Another former Bundesliga player, keeper Felix Wieldwald kept six straight clean sheets back in August and September, but he got benched for a while and Andy Lonergan came in as a starter. Wiedwald got the start (and the clean sheet) for Leeds against Barnsley, so he'll likely play again Friday.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been a really, really poor signing for Leeds. The Manchester United loanee hasn't been able to get into the side and when he has, he's looked bad. Jay-Roy Grot, a 6'5" teenager from Holland keep getting into games, but he's not even come close to scoring. He's been a "bad" signing, but he's only 19, so he's got some room to grow awhile.
2. Who should Villa fans look for in the match?
Samu Saiz and Gjanni Alioski. Saiz is absolute class. He's been a revelation as an attacking midfielder, with the creativity he brings to the side making a huge difference. We honestly are hoping no Premier League team will come in for him in January, as he's been one of the better players in the Championship this season.
3. Is promotion a realistic target for Leeds United this season?
Back in August, I would have said that Leeds were going to win the league, but then October happened, and so now I'm just hoping that Leeds can finish in the playoffs. I think that Leeds can and should make the playoffs, but I'm really not sure if they do how it will all go down.
4. What is Leeds United's biggest need in the January transfer window?
A left-back at bare minimum. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been poor, and Leeds have been relying on Gaetano Berardi, a right back, and former Newcastle player Vurnon Anita, a midfielder/fullback to fill in, neither of which have done very well.
Despite bringing in about four new players to replace Chris Wood, none of them have looked great, so a striker wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Central defender has also been an issue, with a revolving door at CB between injury and suspension meaning that five different players have started at least one match in the position all season. The team misses the calming, steady influence of Kyle Bartley, who went back to Swansea City after his loan ended after last season.
5. Predict the score.
2-1 Leeds United. Leeds are playing at home, and are full of confidence after winning two out of three matches against some decent competition and Barnsley. Of course, I thought that Leeds would win against Sheffield United during the last Friday night match, so what do I know.