Aston Villa kicks off this weekend’s Super Sunday as they welcome title chasing Leicester City to Villa Park.
Villa can move away from the relegation zone with victory whilst Leicester will restore their eight point gap to league leaders – Liverpool, if they can take a ninth win in all competitions.
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Anwar El Ghazi is set to return for Aston Villa after missing their midweek defeat to Chelsea with a knee injury.
Keinan Davis is close to returning from a thigh injury but won’t be fit enough to feature this weekend, whilst Jed Steer (Achilles) is still absent.
Leicester could be without Ben Chilwell for the second consecutive game, after a hip injury ruled the fullback out of their midweek win over Watford.
Demarai Gray however should return from illness whilst Matty James is a long-term absentee with a calf injury.
- Aston Villa are unbeaten in three of their last five league meetings with Leicester (W2, D1, L2).
- No player from Villa’s last lineup against Leicester in January 2016 still remain at the club.
- Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel has kept a league-high seven clean sheets this season.
- Villa’s Tyrone Mings has produced a league-high 28 blocks in 15 appearances this season.
- Jamie Vardy has hit nine more goals for Leicester than he had managed by this stage last season, producing a current league-high 14 goals for this campaign in comparison to just six in the Foxes’ opening 15 league games last season.
After two tough away games in the past week, I am worried for Villa because Leicester look mighty with eight consecutive wins and just the three conceded goals in that run, so Villa are going to need to be absolutely perfect if they want at least a point here.
I however don’t see that happening unless the Villains score first but Leicester have shown that even conceding first isn’t an issue, so am going for an away win.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester City
Result: Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester City