STAR PREVIEW Sun: Leicester City v Aston Villa

Leicester City v Aston Villa
Premier League
19:15 Sky Sports Box Office

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
MAR 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa
JAN 2020 CARABAO CUP Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester
JAN 2019 CARABAO CUP 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


The addition of pay-per-view games to the Premier League’s offering has been met with much resistance but those who decide to fork out for Leicester City v Aston Villa should at least have a chance of getting some bang for their buck.

An incredible Premier League season – even by the standards of England’s notoriously chaotic top flight – continued yesterday and there’s plenty of intrigue ahead of tonight’s fixture between two sides that have already provided fireworks.

Leicester delivered a devastating hammering to Manchester City when dismantling them 5-2 at the Etihad before then losing 3-0 to West Ham in a completely different performance, whilst Aston Villa’s last game before the international break was one that will never be forgotten, as they dismantled Liverpool 7-2, keeping their 100% performance through this season.

The change in between Leicester’s performance against City and then West Ham sums up how unpredictable many teams’ match to match form has been, but it will be interesting to see if Rogers moves to a back four (changed to a back five for defeat against West Ham) and how they bounce back from such a change in fortune.

A bigger worry for him however is sure to be the huge amount of injuries they have, especially in defence. Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu are both doubts for this game after injuries they picked up during the international break and we already know that fellow rearguard members Filip Benkovic and Ricardo Pereira won’t be here – and the fact defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will miss this game is perhaps the biggest blow of all.

Going forward Leicester obviously pack a punch – and Jamie Vardy is scoring as freely as ever – although James Maddison missed action for England with a calf-strain and his absence would be a huge blow.

Those defensive issues surely represent a big opportunity for Villa, who were entirely deserving of their victory against Liverpool on the figures (scored 3.36xG against Liverpool on Infogol model) and the red hot Jack Grealish has an in form target to hit in the shape of Ollie Watkins, whilst Ross Barkley looks to be a brilliant addition to Villa’s attacking players.

Long-term expectations are higher for Leicester than they are for Villa, but the visitors look overpriced at 12/5 given the confirmed injuries for the hosts, and their potential absences in attack.

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