The heart-breaking loss in the EFL Cup to Aston Villa could still be fresh in the mind of Leicester City and thus, the Foxes will be holding out for a revenge misson when they face off on Monday night football.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Monday 9th, March
Venue: King Power stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Leicester City have taken not a few slip-ups in their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and after taking just five points from a possible 21 in their last seven league games, the feeling is that of wobbling over the finish line.
They have not won in their last four in the Premier League, losing to Manchester City and Norwich lately, but earned creditable draws against Chelsea and Wolves to still sit seven points clear of fifth.
The Foxes however, came away with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City last time out here to move into the FA Cup quarters, and that victory should provide them with the perfect tonic needed here.
Aston Villa ultimately endured a cup heartache when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Manchester City in the EFL Cup showpiece at Wembly last week, and will now have to battle for their top flight status after slipping into the bottom three, with a game in hand though.
No team have lost more than Villa on the road this term, and this is a worrying stat which could haunt Dean Smith’s side when they make the trip to Leicestershire come Monday.
The hosts have already claimed a 4-1 win in this fixture this season, and we reckon they might yet prove too strong for Villa here.
While Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy are long term absentees for the Foxes, the duo of Jamie Vardy and Ben Chilwell will face late fitness tests.
This game could come too soon for the return of John McGinn.
Jed Steer, Tom Heaton and Wesley are out.
Head to Head
In 101 competitive meetings between these two sides, Leicester City have won 42 to Aston Villa’s 34. 25 games have ended as draws.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Leicester City’s last three league games.
Aston Villa have been losing at both half time and full time in their last three matches in the Premier League.
Leicester City have failed to score in their last three league matches.
Leicester City should have enough to exact their revenge on their less illustrious visitors. They have lost their last two league games by a 1-0 scoreline coming into this one. Leicester City’s last five league games (WDDLL)
Aston Villa welcome a side they knocked out of the EFL Cup and are themselves reeling from losing in the competition’s final last time out. With 52 goals conceded so far, they are one of the three teams with the worst defensive record in the top flight. Aston Villa’s last five league games (DWLLL)
This one has the flair to produce goals, and we reckon it should be in bountiful supply at the King Power on Monday night. All of their last six meetings saw both teams get on the scoresheet so over 2.5 could be the way to go here.
Leicester are odds-on for a win, but for value, punters might want to add a home win/both teams (17/10) to score in the acca.