Game: Leicester City vs Aston Villa
Date: Monday 9th March
Competition: Premier League
Venue: King Power Stadium
At a Glance
Aston Villa are looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup Final defeat when they travel to Leicester City on Monday night.
A spirited 2-1 loss to Manchester City at Wembley left Dean Smith’s men feeling upbeat about their final 11 Premier League games.
Fred Guilbert earned Villa a 1-1 draw on their last visit to the King Power in January, a result which helped his side overcome the Foxes over two legs in their Carabao Cup Semi-Final.
Brendan Rodgers’ team have exceeded all expectations this season and are flying high in third place.
They showed their attacking prowess with a 4-1 victory at Villa Park in December, and the Foxes are the third highest scorers in the division.
However, the Foxes are without a win in four Premier League matches, losing their last two to Manchester City and Norwich City.
Aston Villa and Leicester City have played 101 times, with their first meeting coming back in 1905.
Villa have won 34, lost 42 and drawn 25 of their encounters with the Foxes so far.
The latest meeting came at Villa Park in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final when Trezeguet’s stoppage time goal sent Villa through to the Final with a 2-1 win.
Leicester City have failed to win any of their last four matches in the Premier League (D2 L2), failing to score in their last three. The Foxes last went four consecutive top-flight matches without scoring back in February 2017 (6), during Claudio Ranieri’s final six matches.
Jack Grealish has been directly involved in 38% of Aston Villa’s 34 Premier League goals this season (7 goals, 6 assists) – more than any other player. Indeed, Grealish has provided eight assists in all competitions this term, his best tally in a single campaign.
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has gone 641 minutes without a Premier League goal, attempting just 10 shots and landing four on target in the process.
At Friday’s press conference, Dean Smith said the game will come too soon John McGinn but that the midfielder is pushing to be back for the Chelsea game.
Villa’s long-term absentees are Tom Heaton, Jed Steer and Wesley.
Opponents Leicester are confident that top scorer Jamie Vardy will be fit enough to feature on Monday night.
However, left-back Ben Chilwell could miss out after he tweaked a hamstring in their FA Cup tie against Birmingham.
We know each other very well now that we’ve played three times this season. They beat us 4-1 in the league at Villa Park, but we had a couple of chances to take the lead in that game.
Tyrone Mings got injured and they exposed us. We went there and we had to put up a good defensive display, coming away with a 1-1 draw. We then managed to beat them at the death at Villa Park.
We know on our day we can more than match them, but they’re in third place for a reason. We’ve got a great belief that we can win any of the 11 games we’ve got left to play.
Ways to Follow
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