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Hong Kong Soccer Sevens draw pits Villa against holders Leicester

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Hong Kong Soccer Sevens draw pits Villa against holders Leicester

Villa are set for another intriguing battle with defending champions Leicester City at next month's Hong Kong Football Club Soccer 7s.

The claret and blues will meet the Foxes in the group stages of the competition after the draw was made earlier today.

Local sides Yau Yee Football League and Hong Kong Football Association U21s complete the line-up in Group D.

It will be the third year in a row that five-time Soccer 7s champions Villa have faced Leicester.

In 2012, a thrilling quarter-final tie saw the Young Lions stage a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to pip the East Midlands side 4-3 in a sudden death extra-time period.

And at the same stage of last year's tournament, Leicester scored a golden goal in a equally tight contest to end Villa's hopes.

"We are really looking forward to going back to the Soccer 7s," said Villa academy director Bryan Jones.

"It is interesting that we are in the same section as Leicester after the closely-fought games against them in the last two years.

"They are sure to have a strong squad there and the two Hong Kong sides always provide a good test as well." 

Elsewhere in the draw for the 2014 Soccer 7s, Newcastle are set for a Group A showdown with Asian Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande.

Chelsea and Sunderland have been drawn in Group B, while Manchester City and Rangers are in Group C.

Draw in full:

Group A: Newcastle United, Guangzhou Evergrande, HKFA U23, Hong Kong Football Club.
Group B: Chelsea, Sunderland, Kitchee, HKFC Captain's Select.
Group C: Manchester City, Rangers, HKFA Qualifier, Singapore Cricket Club.
Group D: Leicester City, Aston Villa, HKFA U21, Yau Yee League Select.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 9th April 2014
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