Leicester’s attacking style against Villa’s counter-attacking

Last updated: September 10, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWDWW
Away form: DWLLW
Last season: 1-0
Referee: M. Dean
Competition: Premier League

A dream start to the new season for The Foxes, very impressive. No defeats in their first four games. They have recorded 2 wins and 2 draws. Leicester’s players performed really well from the beginning of the season and their manager Claudio Ranieri hopes that his team can keep playing that way till the end of the season.

Leicester striker, Jamie Vardy, has given an impresseive performance so far and despite his recent fine for using racist language, he was included in the English national team. He secured a point in The Foxes’ last Premiership match against Bournemouth, equalizing in the 86th minute. Algerian international forward, Riyad Mahrez, is also showing great potential, scoring 4 goals from 4 games.

Aston Villa have been a bit erratic from the start, Villains lost two from their four league matches. However, their creative midfielder Scott Sinclair found his form, scoring twice against Sunderland in the last round of The Premier League.

After selling some key players, for example Benteke to Liverpool, and buying new ones to take their places, Villains need time to adapt to the changes before starting to see a winning run. But playing in the most competitive division means they don’t have much time to do it.

Team News

Leicester City midfielder, Matty James, suffers from a knee ligament injury and won’t take part in the match.

Okore and Gardner are now fit for Villains, after missing the team’s last four matches finally Tim Sherwood can include them in his squad.

Joe Cole (Aston Villa) is still waiting for his first appearance this season. This is the second season for the 33-year-old ex England international midfielder at Villa Park, but apparently Cole is not in good shape at the moment.

Adama Traore and Jose Crespo are sidelined for this upcoming match. Traore suffers from an ankle injury.

Quotes of the week

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “Now it is not important to be near the top of the league.”

coach Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood (Tottenham) : “This is the most physical league in the world so I think the new boys need to get used to that body contact.”

Expected line-ups:

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, De Laet, King, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Schlupp.
Subs Okazaki, Dodoo, Benalouane, Ulloa, Fuchs, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James
Not available:
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Sanchez, Sinclair, Westwood, Bacuna, Gueye, Gestede
Subs Charles Gil, Cole, Bennett, Veretout, Kozak, J. Ayew, Bunn.
Injured: Traore, Crespo
Not available:

Key Battle

Riyad Mahrez playing Riyad Mahrez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 295 4 3,3 0 3 0 0
scott sinclair on the field Scott Sinclair this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
3 227 2 1 0 0 0 0

So far this season

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Leicester this season Aston Villa this season
3 League Position 12
1 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (1)
4-2 vs Sunderland Biggest win 1-0 vs Bournemouth
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
0 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
Biggest Defeat 1-2 to Crystal Palace
Mahrez (4) Top scorer Sinclair (2)
Albrighton (3) Assist Leader Westwood (1), Amavi (1)
Y10, R0 Discipline Y11, R0
0 Failures to score 1
0 Clean Sheets 1
4 Both Teams to Score Games 2
2 Over 2.5 Games 2
2 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • These two teams have met 81 times. The Foxes have won 33 times. There has been 21 draws and 27 Villa wins.
  • The last meeting between the teams at King Power Stadium finished with a home victory for Leicester by 1-0. Paul Konchesky secured the points, scoring at the end of the first half.
  • Riyad Mahrez is the Premiership player with the best performance record from the start of the season, rated at 8.45 by
  • Aston Villa is averaging 3 shots on target per game; in comparison, Leicester average 4.3 shots on target per game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
15.02.15 FA cup Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester Bacuna 68′
10.01.15 Premier League Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa Konchesky 45′
07.12.14 Premier League Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester Ulloa 13′
26.09.07 League cup Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester Fryatt 74′
24.10.06 League cup Leicester 2-3(E) Aston Villa Angel 5′