Aston Villa vs Leicester Prediction & Match Preview

Aston Villa vs Leicester
England – Carabao Cup
Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham).

With the kind of form Leicester have shown over the course of this season, they are the automatic favorites against a relegation-battler from their league, who also happen to be a new entrant into the English top flight.

Aston Villa vs Leicester Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Three of the former four wins went to Leicester.
  • The latest league encounter had ended in a massive 1-4 win for the Foxes at this venue.
  • It’s been five years since Leicester have lost at this stadium.
  • The last Aston Villa kept a clean sheet at this ground was back in 2003.

Aston Villa vs Leicester Match Preview

After a wonderful run in the first half of their season, Leicester seem to be getting a reality check. 

The absolute form of the top two, especially Liverpool, have seriously minimized the title-chances of the Foxes, and as of now, the Carabao seem to be the only realistic oppotunity for silverware.

Likely, there is no way that Brendan Rodgers’s men would take this match-up lightly. In fact, we can count on them to sweat blood on the pitch this Tuesday for the win.

Aston Villa vs Leicester Prediction

The first leg of this semifinal match-up had taken place at the King Power Stadium, home of the Foxes. There, Aston Villa had taken the early lead, via a 28th minute goal, and threatened to record the win.

Uncharacteristically Jamie Vardy shot blanks that day, but he still did manage to assist the equalizing goal by Kelechi Iheanacho in the 75th minute.

This 1-1 scoreline was then maintained till the very end.

As for the result this Tuesday, by all means Leicester take the cake. Not only are they one of the best teams in the competition as of now, but they were champions as well three seasons back. 

The Foxes are also major contenders for a podium finish this season, and if not for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they could have given Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a serious run for their money in defending their title.

On the other hand, Aston Villa are placed one spot and two points above the relegation line, and they were not even present in this top flight the last season. 

In addition, Leicester had won the latest league h2h clash, and then they were on the road as well. Also note that the scoreline had been 1-4, in favor of Rodgers’s men.

Moreover, Villa were winless in four of their last five overall fixtures, and were so in ten of their preceding fourteen too. 

It also deserves mentioning that Leicester had recorded three of the prior four h2h wins, and that they had been unbeaten against this opponent in the past five years. Furethermore, it’s been almost 17 years since the Foxes have failed to find the back of the net at this ground as well.

Examining all these factors together, we arrive to the conclusion that Leicester are in line to record a win this match-day. 

And on the same note, the Foxes would be extra vigilant at the back, with a view on getting to the final of the Carabao, which remains their sole hope for silverware this campaign.

Additionally, the 2015-16 PL Champions have conceded the second-fewest number of goals this league campaign (the fewest obviously by Liverpool), and have shown capabilty in dealing with intense pressure throughout the season.

Under no circumstance would the Foxes allow their chance for a spot in the final be threatened by the Villa offense.

As such, it’s expected that Leicester would keep a clean sheet in the game, and almost surely in the first 45 minutes.

Aston Villa vs Leicester Betting Tips

  • Leicester to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
  • Leicester to Keep a Clean Sheet in the First Half @ 1.60 (3/5).