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Brendan Rodgers praised his side’s clean sheet away at Slavia Prague midweek, but in reality he’ll have been disappointed by their failure to grab an away goal, with the second leg a now potentially dangerous affair.
It’s not as though the Foxes didn’t have any chances to score either, especially through Harvey Barnes, but they don’t often misfire and will expect to find the target here.
Aston Villa remain inconsistent and although they had their own goalless stalemate last time out away at Brighton, they don’t often fail to score themselves.
That was just the second time they’d drawn a blank in 12 appearances, even scoring in a 4-1 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool when an outbreak of coronavirus forced them to field the under 23’s.
Both teams to score isn’t all that attractive at the prices however and better value lies elsewhere. The reverse fixture this term only saw one goal in any case as Villa came out on top, though there’s been little to split the sides as they’re both W2-D1-L2 in the head-to-heads since the start of last season, as they also met twice in the semi-finals of the League Cup last term.
Aston Villa Draw No Bet
Villa have been rightly praised for their summer recruitment, but right-back Matty Cash is unavailable here and so Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady will deputise.
However, beyond Cash, Kortney Hause and Wesley remain the only other absentees for Dean Smith’s side.
The team news is worse for Leicester, who have a number of issues to contend with and could suffer from fatigue after Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong team midweek in the Europa League.
Jamie Vardy was preferred over Kelechi Iheanacho as he played over an hour, as the line-up featured a string of other first teamers not just limited to the likes of James Maddison, Wilfried Ndidi and Youri Tielemans.
Meanwhile, the treatment room remains fairly busy with Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet, as well as defenders James Justin, Wes Morgan and superb summer signing Wesley Fofana all sidelined.
Rodgers does however have full-backs Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira back in contention, handing him more attacking thrust from out wide.
Given the lack of time to prepare for this clash, as well as the manner in which Leicester collapsed in the latter stages of the previous campaign, Villa get our nod here.
They may be inconsistent, but they have the tools to hurt teams and look a big price to get something from this clash. However, Leicester don’t often lose away from home, and we’ll take some cover draw no bet.