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STAR PREVIEW: Leicester City v Aston Villa

Aston Villa managed to put a big dent in Leicester’s season with their League Cup semi-final win and they could cause the Foxes more trouble with a result in their Premier League clash.

Brendan Rogers’ men have had a fine season so far and still have a huge amount to play for, sitting third in the Premier League table whilst also being in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup to boot. However, 2020 has been difficult for them. They’ve won just five games this year, with two of them coming against lower league opposition in the FA Cup, and their 1-0 win against Birmingham in the FA Cup saw their first goal in 387 minutes.

Leicester City v Aston Villa
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JAN 2020 CARABAO CUP SEMI-FINAL Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester
JAN 2020 CARABAO CUP SEMI-FINAL Leicester 1-1 Aston Villa
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester
JAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester
SEP 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 3-2 Aston Villa
FEB 2015 FA CUP Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester
JAN 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester

Aston Villa – who were fortunate to make it to Wembley in the EFL Cup – haven’t been in the best of form recently, having lost to Bournemouth, Tottenham and Southampton before their 2-1 defeat in the Carabao Cup final. They fought hard against City, but the final score-line probably flattered them in the end.

However, they should not fear heading to the King Power. Leicester have won only once in their last seven, scored just once in nearly their last 400 minutes of football, and haven’t seen the best from key midfielder James Maddison for several weeks now. It looks possible that other teams have best worked out how to play Brendan Rogers’ side and Villa have used those tactics successfully already in the League Cup.

Now they were lucky to get through there, as said before – but Leicester don’t appear to be recovering their best form. Villa arrive here 25 points behind the hosts but that didn’t stop Norwich from managing to make Leicester look ordinary when they beat them 1-0 and the hosts look far too short on all known form here. Leicester have won only three of their last nine games at home and are worth taking on.

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