THE champions and Premier League leaders face what appear to be relatively comfortable tasks.
Liverpool, though, who have long conceded their title to Manchester City, face a trickier test at Aston Villa than Leeds’ visit to the Citizens.
Of course, there are others who have forecast Villa facing a backlash in the wake of the Reds’ thumping by Madrid in midweek.
Jurgen Klopp’s side crashed 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Real Madrid after a sloppy showing. But they could bounce back with an emphatic victory over Villa, who are ninth in the league and five points behind seventh-placed Liverpool, with the side from Anfield having played a game more.
It seems no one can stop City marching towards a fourth title in 10 years and Leeds may yet become just another statistic in what is turning out to be a wonderful season for Pep Guardiola’s squad.
They won 2-1 at home against Borussia Dortmund and look set to advance to the Champions League semi-finals after next week’s second leg quarter-final tie.
Should Leeds eke out a draw, it would be a job well done. Of course, a win would simply be fantastic and most likely move them into the top half of the table. But it will not be easy, not by a long shot one suspects. Similarly, Villa could find it tough.