Aston Villa’s tough run of fixtures do not look to get any easier just yet, and Leicester City are set to add to their troubles when they visit Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 8th December
Venue: Villa Park
Having faced Manchester United and Chelsea already this month to mixed fortunes, Aston Villa will come under even severe test when they entertain the unstoppable Foxes in Birmingham. Dean Smith’s team are yet to find themselves in relegation waters though they have won just one of their last six league games (L4), they are just two points above Everton in the first of the drop zones.
However, they have lost just twice at home all season by one-goal margins and have won three of their last four games in all competitions here, so they could be worth backing to create an upset.
Leicester have had to bide their time in each of their last five league wins, taking until the second halves to score their first goal in those games. The Foxes might not have been quick out of the blocks recently but their ruthlessness when they eventually get going means Villa will have to be extra careful in the latter stages of the game.
Can they sustain the pressure on Liverpool with a historic eighth league victory in a row, or will Villa burst the bubble and brighten their chances of beating the drop?
Frederic Guilbert is back for selection after serving his suspension and is expected to start.
Anwar El Ghazi is still a doubt through injury.
Ben Chilwell was missing from the Watford victory in midweek and it still remains to be seen if he will make it back in time to start here.
Demarai Gray is another worry for Brendan Rodgers but he could be deemed fit enough to make the match day squad.
Head to head
Leicester City have 41 wins from the last 98 meetings between Aston Villa, losing 33 times to their opposition.
24 games have been drawn.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in nine of Aston Villa’s last ten league games.
Leicester have scored at least twice in their last seven Premier League games.
Aston Villa have conceded at least twice in five of their last six league matches.
Aston Villa need to start picking up the points after having toiled in their last couple of games. They have lost three of their last five league games. Aston Villa’s last five games in all competitions(LLWDL)
There is little to suggest Leicester City will be resting on their laurels anytime soon, as the second most in-form team in the division are currently on an impressive winning streak. Leicester’s last five games in all competitions(WWWWW)
Given Aston Villa’s propensity to start on the front foot but fizzle out in the latter stages, there is every chance a game of two halves could be seen here. Leicester have not had the best of first periods for some time now, so I expect the hosts to land the first blow, and the Foxes to recover and win in the second half. Its a crazy punt to take but then worth risking at 25/1.
Mahmoud Trezeguet scored against Chelsea last timeout and you can back the Egyptian midfielder to yet produce the goods anytime at 7/2
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