In what will be their fourth meeting of the season in all competitions, Leicester City host Aston Villa on Monday evening, with the two clubs battling for points at both ends of the Premier League table. The Foxes come into the match without a win in their last four top-flight matches, while Villa will be hoping to bounce back from their Carabao Cup Final defeat with a positive result at King Power Stadium. Manager’s Brendan Rodgers and Dean Smith are currently preparing their players for the encounter, with this page taking a look at important factors such as player availability and their head-to-head record, before delivering our expert betting tip.
Leicester City remain in third position in the Premier League standings ahead of kick-off on Monday, however recent defeats against Norwich and Manchester City mean that they are now just five points ahead of Chelsea. However, a 1-0 win over Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening will likely have renewed confidence for the Foxes. Leicester have the second best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded just 28 goals from the same number of games. Meanwhile, the potential return of star striker Jamie Vardy would be another major positive for the hosts, with the 33-year-old having 17 league goals to his name to date, leaving him top of the charts, alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Should the former England international be fit enough to start against Villa, backing Vardy to score during the 90 minutes could well be fruitful, especially at odds of 1.67 from bookmaker Ladbrokes.
Aston Villa return to Premier League action following their visit to Wembley Stadium last weekend, with Dean Smith’s side having suffered consecutive top-flight defeats against Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton. The Villians are now two points from safety in the standings, with their defensive struggled having severely hindered their progress. In fact, Villa have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded 52 goals to date. However, Villa did defeat Leicester over two legs in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, offering them some hope of causing an upset. The visitors remain without striker Wesley, while John McGinn and No.1 goalkeeper Tom Heaton are also absent for Monday’s game.
A 2-1 win at Villa Park at the end of January meant that they progressed to the Carabao Cup Final at the expense of Leicester, however their head-to-head record also shows a convincing 4-1 win for the Foxes earlier this season in the Premier League. Jamie Vardy scored a double that day, while Jack Grealish scored the only goal of the game for Villa.
Looking at the head-to-head record between the two clubs also uncovered the fact that matches involving Leicester City and Aston Villa normally produce goals, with 17 having been scored in their last five ties. Meanwhile, there is little to choose between them in terms of past encounters, with Leicester having won four of their last 10 matches, while Villa also have four successes to their name.