Aston Villa VS Leicester City, a draw game

Posted Sun, 21 Feb 2021 08:31:32 GMT        

Match Time:2/21/2021 22:00 Sunday  (GMT+8)

English Premier League --  Aston Villa   VS   Leicester City

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Aston Villa play host to Leicester City on Sunday afternoon looking for the win which would keep the club in the hunt for the Champions League places.  

 

While Villa begin the weekend in eighth position in the Premier League table, the visitors make the short trip to the West Midlands in third spot after beating Liverpool last weekend.  

 

Match preview 

Despite having to contend with a number of injury issues, Brendan Rodgers made the decision to select a full-strength side for their Europa League fixture with Slavia Prague.  

 

Ad However, the calculated gamble failed to pay off as the Foxes were held to a goalless draw, effectively leaving Rodgers to take a similar approach in the second leg next Thursday.  

 

With a top-four spot in the Premier League still being the club's main priority, Rodgers is unlikely to rest any of his key men for a meeting with one of their rivals.  

 

Aside from their late burst against Liverpool, the Foxes have struggled in the final third of late, a period which has coincided with Jamie Vardy still getting back up to speed after hernia surgery.  

 

Nevertheless, Rodgers will be delighted with how his team have performed in defensive areas while having to contend with injuries to Wesley Fofana and James Justin.  Facing Villa on away territory on two-and-a-half days rest represents a different challenge for the Foxes, particularly with Villa having kept back-to-back clean sheets.  

 

While Dean Smith's team produced one of their worst performances of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend, they were still able to earn a share of the spoils.  

 

Still possessing matches in hand ahead of a favourable fixture list, Villa will be optimistic that they can make quick headway up the table in the coming weeks.  Despite having a hand in 16 Premier League goals this season, Jack Grealish has netted just once in all competitions since the end of November.  

 

Aston Villa Premier League form: WLWLWD  

Leicester City Premier League form: WDLWDW 

Leicester City form (all competitions): LWDWWD    

 

Team News 

Smith could finally hand a first Villa start to Morgan Sanson after his switch from Marseille in January.  While the Frenchman could replace Ross Barkley, Ahmed Elmohamady is in line to come in for the injured Matty Cash at right-back.  Ricardo Pereira will return to the Leicester starting lineup after being rested for the trip to the Czech Republic.  

 

Whether the full-back features on the right or left will depend on the fitness of Timothy Castagne, who also missed out earlier this week.  Ayoze Perez has recently joined Fofana, Justin and Dennis Praet on the sidelines with a knee problem.  

 

Aston Villa possible starting lineup: 

Martinez; Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Sanson, Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Watkins, Grealish  

 

Leicester City possible starting lineup: 

Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy    

 

Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester City

 

Aston Villa VS Leicester City, a draw game