The Steven Gerrard era at Aston Villa got off to the perfect start, with the Villans winning each of their first two games under the former Rangers boss, beating Brighton and then Crystal Palace. But their winning run was brought to an end in midweek by Manchester City, with Villa leaving the Etihad empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat. As a result, they remain six points clear of the relegation zone after 14 games, though this should be seen as a positive considering their position when Dean Smith left the club. However, the game against Man City the start of a tricky period for Aston Villa where they will face the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea as well as fellow relegation battlers before Christmas.
Despite their standing in the table, Leicester will hope to be tricky opposition for Aston Villa while trying to push themselves up the table. The Foxes are 10th having lost five of their opening 14 matches, but are just five points behind fourth-placed West Ham – such is the closeness of the fight for Champions League football going into the league’s busiest month. Leicester have also arrested a slump of their own, earning four points from their past two matches, having lost two of their previous three. A win over Watford and draw with Southampton has allowed Leicester to slightly increase the gap between themselves and the bottom half of the table, while also closing down Wolves and Brighton.
Aston Villa vs Leicester: Match Stats
Aston Villa have gone 12 home games without keeping a clean sheet against Leicester, one of the worst records in the Premier League with only Middlesbrough (15 v Man Utd), Fulham (14 v Man City) and West Brom (13 v Arsenal) hosting a side more often without registering a single clean sheet. However, Leicester are also without a clean sheet in their last 14 away Premier League games since a goalless draw with Wolves in February.
Brendan Rodgers has won all six of his Premier League away games against Aston Villa so far, the joint-best 100% away win rate against an opponent in the competition’s history (alongside Jurgen Klopp vs Crystal Palace, also six from six). Jamie Vardy has also scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against Aston Villa.
21 February 2021 – Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester – Premier League
18 October 2020 – Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
9 March 2020 – Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa – Premier League
28 January 2020 – Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester – League Cup
8 January 2020 – Leicester 1-1 Aston Villa – League Cup
Aston Villa and Leicester have traded wins in recent meetings, both winning two of the past four across all competitions. Last season’s two league games were also both won by the away side, with the last home Premier League victory in this fixture coming in September 2015 when Leicester won 3-2 at the King Power.