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The Foxes are too good for The Villains

Last updated: January 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:45pm
Venue: Villa Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLLDD
Away form: DDDLW
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester City have still lots to achieve in The Premier League after the great first half of the season. After completing their main task, of avoiding relegation, Claudio Ranieri’s players can even compete for a place in The Champions League next season. Are they really able to do it?

The Foxes will have to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park if they want to achieve such a great thing. If you think about it – that’s not impossible; with 17 rounds to go The Foxes are lying in second place and they have the potential in their squad. Their new signing Demarai Gray proved he is good enough for The Foxes. The 19-year-old assisted in Wasilwski’s goal against Tottenham in his debut for Leicester and The Foxes eventually drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane.

The Lions will surely be relegated. Some kind of miracle would have to happen for Aston Villa to keep their position in The Premier League. With only 8 points collected, The Villains are lying in last place of the standings and they need a victory now. In addition, Villa now have another serious problem – their key defender Micah Richards is injured. So is Jordan Amavi.


Team News

Tiago Ilori’s loan to Aston Villa has been terminated and he’s returned to Liverpool. However, the Portuguese didn’t take part in any of Villa’s matches.

Micah Richards received an injury immediately after he scored against Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of The FA Cup.

Adama Traore has received an ankle injury and will be sidelined for at least 10 weeks. Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Amavi are also injured for The Villains.

Jamie Vardy will return to the Leicester starting XI against Aston Villa. The striker suffered from a groin strain, but he is now ready to play.

Quotes of the week

Remi Garde
Remi Garde (Aston Villa) :
“What I can say is as a professional player you need to behave in the right way with respect for everybody.”

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) :
“Both Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell were fantastic. If you think our left flank was 19 and 19, it was unbelievable.”


Expected line-ups:

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Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Bacuna, Veretout, Charles Gil, Sinclair, Ayew, Agbonlahor.
Subs Grealish, N’Zogbia, Gestede, Clark, Westwood, Kozak, Bunn.
Injured: Amavi, Sanchez, Richards, Traore.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.
Subs Ulloa, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Dyer, King, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Schlupp.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

scott sinclair on the field Sinclair this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (1) 1060 2 0,9 1 0 0 0
Riyad Mahrez playing Riyad Mahrez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
18 (1) 1557 13 2,7 7 8 1 0

So far this season

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Aston Villa this season Leicester this season
20 League Position 2
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (6)
1-0 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle and Swansea
3 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
6 (8) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
0-4 to Everton Biggest Defeat 2-5 to Arsenal
Ayew (5) Top scorer Vardy (15)
Veretout (3) Assist Leader Mahrez (7)
Y43, R0 Discipline Y33, R0
8 Failures to score 3
2 Clean Sheets 5
11 Both Teams to Score Games 14
9 Over 2.5 Games 13
11 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • The last match between Aston Villa and Leicester ended with a sensational turnover for The Foxes, who were 2-0 down after 70 minutes. Leicester eventually managed to win 3-2.
  • Aston Villa have won 20 of 41 matches at Villa Park against The Foxes. The Lions have scored 84 and have conceded 61 goals in their net.
  • The last two Aston Villa home games against Leicester ended with a 2-1 victory for The Villains. Leicester won away from home against Villa in 2007.
  • Leicester City have lost only 2 matches this season. The Villains were defeated on 14 occasions. They have recorded only 1 victory so far.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/09/15 The Premier League Leicester 3-2 Aston Villa Grealish 39′
15/02/15 The FA Cup Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester L. Bacuna 68′
10/01/15 The Premier League Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa P. Konchesky 45′
07/12/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester Ulloa 13′
26/09/07 The Capital One Cup Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester