The Foxes seem to have a chance again to play in the Champions League next season. They are sitting on the third on the table neck-to-neck with Manchester United, which also collects the same 46 points as them. However, the finish line is still far and consistency is the key to keep their position save. Brendan Rodgers’ men surely do not want to blow it just like last season. This weekend, they will be travelling to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa, one of the dark horses this season.
The teams’ previous games
Jack Grealish and Co were unable to win while meeting Brighton last weekend. They were even the less dominant one and owed to Emiliano Martinez’s superb form to avoid them from losing. The Argentine goalie made a number of crucial safe to keep them clean sheet and held the host in a goalless draw.
Leicester City clinched a massive 3-1 win over the defending Champions last weekend. Despite conceding first through Mo Salah, they responded well with three goals at the other end. James Maddison’s free kick, Jamie Vardy’s and Harvey Barnes’s strike at the back of the net really kept Liverpool at bay. Unfortunately, in the midweek fixture against Slavia Prague, they were held in Czech capital in a goalless draw.
Dean Smith looks settled with his 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. The skipper Jack Grealish will be the anchorman for their attack accompanied by Ross Barkley and Bertrand Traore to support the former Brentford man Ollie Watkins. Anwar El Ghazi can come off the bench to break the deadlock when necessary. Some of their figures missing this match are Kourtney Hause, Wesley and Matty Cash.
His counterpart, Brendan Rodgers is likely to deploy 3-4-1-2 since some of his key men are ruled out including James Justin, Timothy Castagne, Dennis Praet, Wesley Fofana and Ayoze Perez. Thus, their back three will be given to Caglar Soyuncu, Johnny Evans and Daniel Amartey. In the midfield, Ricardo Perreira and Marc Albrighton are operating on both flanks to support Youri Tielemans and Winfred Ndidi in the middle, while the frontmen remains the same.
Players to watch
The skipper Jack Grealish is the current top assist provider with ten assists plus six goals, whereas Ollie Watkins is the recent top scorer collecting ten goals. Another notable name to watch is none but the former Arsenal goalie, Emiliano Martinez.
Leicester’s top performers are definitely the top three deadly frontmen, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and the top scorer, Jamie Vardy. They have scored 27 goals combined. Another key figure to focus on is the Belgian international Youri Tielemans.
Aston Villa vs Leicester Prediction
The Villans will be facing a difficult challenge here against the in-form Leicester City. Their big win over Liverpool last weekend shall boost their confidence to pick up more points here. Nevertheless, Aston Villa’s potential to seal a win here is fairly big too. All they need to do is be more clinical at the penalty box. All in all, the game is bound to end in a tie.
As one of the most exciting matches this weekend, neither side is the favourite. Dean Smith’s men’s odds to win are at 23/12, whereas Jamie Vardy and Co are backed to win at 32/21. The odds for a draw result are at 45/17.