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Aston Villa vs Leicester: Predictions
Leicester put Liverpool to the sword last time out in the league in a dramatic 3-1 victory. Three goals in a seven-minute spell saw the Foxes come back from a 1-0 deficit to run away with the points and earn a temporary spot in second-place before Manchester United’s game the next day.
Villa have been one of the surprise packages this season with Dean Smith’s side currently higher in the table than both Tottenham and Arsenal. The Villans still hold two games in hand over West Ham and Chelsea which could see them draw level on points with the two London sides who are currently battling over fourth place.
Ollie Watkins has shown he is back to his best recently with four goals in his last six Premier League games. Having not found the back of the net since November before netting against Newcastle last month, Watkins has now brought his league tally up to double figures for his first season in the Premier League.
Smith’s side left Leicester stunned by their stoppage-time winner in the earlier meeting between these two sides at the King Power Stadium in October. Ross Barkley’s late strike snatched the points for the visitors – making it two home defeats in a row for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
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Aston Villa vs Leicester: Match Stats
Jamie Vardy returned to Premier League action last weekend against Liverpool and had enough clear chances on goal to leave the King Power Stadium with the match ball. Vardy’s only goal came due to a defensive error from Alisson and Ozan Kabak but an energetic performance from the Englishman gave a lot of hope to Rodgers as his side aim to solidify their spot in the top four.
Watkins (63) and Vardy (52) have both registered the most shots on goal for their respective sides this season and in a game which offers both the chance to strengthen their European ambitions the two strikers are likely to be called upon to make the difference.
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
8 December 2019 – Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester – Premier League
Leicester have handed Villa some heavy defeats over their recent meetings, however, Villa have looked a much better outfit this season and Dean Smith’s side should take confidence from their earlier meeting at the King Power Stadium which saw them snatch the points late on.