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Stat pack: Lescott/Okore to continue?

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Stat pack: Lescott/Okore to continue?

Villa are at B6 once more to entertain Leicester in today's late kick-off in the Barclays Premier League, with previewing the encounter.

Rémi Garde's men will be desperate to build on a return to winning ways against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, with extra incentive to pick up another positive result this weekend.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides, Villa surrendered a two-goal lead in a game that would prove pivotal to the fortunes of both teams so far this term.

Leicester's eventual 3-2 victory set the tone for a superb campaign from the Foxes, whose never-say-die attitude in matches has deservedly drawn the plaudits.

Villa, who after a solid start to the campaign, clearly lost confidence following their defeat at the King Power Stadium, will be out for revenge.

That said, the hosts certainly won't be underestimating their opponents today, with Leicester tying level on points with Arsenal atop the table - having impressively ended a run of three games without a win at Spurs on Wednesday.

Claudio Ranieri's men boast the best away record in the division (24 points), but Villa will rightly take confidence from the fact that they got the better of a Palace side whose record on the road ahead of Tuesday night's clash ranked third in England's top tier.

The home side will certainly need to be at their best at the back once more, with the Foxes averaging two goals per away game this season.

The claret and blue backline were very much at it in midweek, earning a clean sheet against Alan Pardew's men - having restricted the Eagles to just one shot on target.


Stand-in skipper Joleon Lescott was not only on hand to ensure that Mark Bunn's first league appearance of the season was an uneventful one.

But he also secured all three points with his second goal for the club.

The boyhood Villan subsequently earned's man of the match award, with a rating of 8.67 enough to take a place in the Premier League team of the week.

Lescott not only netted the winner but won four aerial duels, two tackles and four interceptions in a commanding display - and his understanding with Jores Okore continues to develop.

It's a partnership that will be offering Rémi Garde encouragement ahead of the run-in, safe in the knowledge that he has strong competition for places in that department.

Indeed, when Okore and Lescott have lined up alongside one another at the back, Villa have lost just one of five matches - against league leaders Arsenal.

Having conceded an average of just one goal per game in said matches, down on the seasonal average of 1.8, the pairing offer the manager food for thought.

Whoever Garde calls upon this weekend, the message will be clear.

Another strong defensive showing will offer the greatest platform from which to ensure another much-needed positive result.

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AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 16th January 2016
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