Aston Villa vs Leicester City Predictions
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- Aston Villa have lost just once in five league games at home.
- Leicester have lost just one of their 12 Premier League away assignments this season.
- The Foxes have drawn three of their last five matches on the road however.
- Aston Villa averaged 1.3 goals per 90 minutes across their last six home league games.
Tight Midlands Derby anticipated
Leicester pushing hard to break through the Premier League’s glass ceiling this season, though the Foxes’ pursuit of a place in the top four could hit a bump against Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers deployed a close to full strength team for City’s 0-0 Europa League tie against Slavia Prague on Thursday, and the rigours of their continental exertions could be a factor when Leicester make the short hop to Villa Park.
Leicester’s domestic potency on the road has also waned a little, and having stuttered to draws in three of their last five top flight tests away from the King Power Stadium, the Foxes could let more points slip this weekend.
Villa blowing hot and cold
Aston Villa’s results in 2021 have been a mixed bag and their return of ten points from the 24 on offer since January 1 suggests they aren’t quite ready to make a concerted push for continental qualification.
At Villa Park, Dean Smith’s side were toppled just once in their last five assignments however, and the momentum they have built on their own patch should make them tricky opponents for Leicester on Sunday.
Villa and Leicester tough to separate
Aston Villa and Leicester came close to sharing the spoils in the reverse fixture between the teams in October, before a late Ross Barkley effort from distance allowed the Villains to steal all three points in injury time.
The sides looked extremely well-matched at the King Power Stadium that evening before Barkley’s punt however, when Leicester mustered 11 shots to Villa’s ten, and the possession stats were split almost perfectly down the middle.
With Aston Villa’s home form solid, and Leicester unbeaten in all but one of their away contests this season, the neighbours could be difficult to separate again on Sunday, where backing a draw is advised, while a 1-1 tie looks a solid correct score prediction.
The Villains averaged 1.3 goals per 90 minutes across their last six Premier League home games, while Leicester matched that output exactly in their last six on their travels, and those numbers make a 1-1 draw an appealing correct score forecast at the prices on offer.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Matty Cash picked up a hamstring injury against Brighton, which is a massive blow for Aston Villa. Veteran Ahmed El Mohamady will likely replace him at right back.
Kortney Hause and Wesley also remain on the sidelines for Villa.
Leicester City injuries and team news
Dennis Praet, Wesley Fofana, Wes Morgan and Ayoze Perez are all ruled out for the Foxes, while James Justin is unlikely to play again this season.
Timothy Castagne could make a welcome return from injury however.