Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Leicester City welcome Aston Villa to the King Power Stadium on Sunday evening for what should be an interesting Premier League clash. These two sides are among the early pacesetters in the league in 2021/21. The home side are currently in third place, while the Villans have made an outstanding start and are currently in second. This game will be an important test for both teams as they look to establish themselves as genuine contenders. There are sure to be some tired legs in the squads after a busy international break for some players. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found for Sunday’s late Premier League fixture.
Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the start that his City side have made to the current season. The Foxes have won three of their four Premier League outings so far in this campaign, though they will be stinging from a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of West Ham United last time out. City striker Jamie Vardy has five Premier League goals to his credit already this season so will be someone Villa need to keep a close eye on. In their last two Premier League wins, away at Manchester City and at home to Burnley, the Foxes have netted nine goals.
Dean Smith must be very happy with the way his Villa team are playing right now. In their last outing, the Birmingham outfit destroyed defending Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park. Scotland midfielder John McGinn, who captained his country to an impressive 1-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday night, has been key to the Villans’ impressive form. He has produced three assists in the Premier League so far this season. But the side have quality all over the park, with Jack Grealish netting three goals and providing three assists. Forward Ollie Watkins has also scored three goals, so there is plenty of attacking power in this Villa team.
Villa have made a perfect start to the current Premier League campaign, winning all three of their league matches so far, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two. History suggests that they will need that form, as the Foxes have a fine recent record against the West Midlanders. Leicester have won four of their last five Premier League games against Villa. In last season’s two Premier League encounters, the Foxes slammed eight goals past Villa in their two victories. Jamie Vardy scored four of those goals. Betway are offering odds of 5/2 on him being the first goalscorer on Sunday evening.
Leicester have been strong against the Villans in recent seasons. Villa have not beaten City in the league since 2014, although they did overcome the Foxes in the League Cup last season, and also won an FA Cup tie in 2015. Villa are in better form than the Foxes this season, though they will want to forget the fact that the hosts beat them 4-0 at the King Power last season. The West Midlands outfit also lost 4-1 at home to Leicester last season so will be keen to gain some measure of revenge on Sunday.
There have been plenty of goals in this fixture in recent times, and both teams have also been in fine scoring form this season, while also conceding plenty. If you think that there will be goals in the game on Sunday evening then Betway are offering odds of 6/4 on there being more than 3.5 goals in the game. There is also an interesting price of 16/5 at Betway on there being over 1.5 goals in each half of the game. Leicester have scored an average of three goals per Premier League match so far this season, conceding an average of 1.75 per game. Villa, in contrast, have scored an average of 3.67 per game and conceded an average per game of 0.67. Those stats certainly favour Villa, especially as they have created an average of 3.33 chances per game compared with Leicester’s 0.75.
Our tip for this game on the 1X2 market is for an away win. We think that Villa will come back from their trip over to the East Midlands with another victory to continue their fine start to the season. Betway are offering odds of 3/1 on the away team coming away from the King Power Stadium with all three points. Those odds look pretty tempting to us. Villa’s recent record against the Foxes in the league is poor, but bad runs always come to an end at some stage. We think that Villa’s poor run against City will end on Sunday.