Leicester continue to march forwards on multiple fronts and remain in contention for both cups after the weekend, securing another comfortable victory at home to Wigan.
They’re now W17-D5-L4 for the season overall, as the four defeats were inflicted by top sides Liverpool (twice), Man City and Man Utd.
Two of the draws came when facing Wolves and Chelsea in their first two outings of the campaign, while another two came in the League Cup, so it would be a surprise if Leicester didn’t land their 18th win of the season.
Villa certainly don’t belong in that same bracket and although they emerged from the relegation zone following the last round of fixtures with a win at Burnley, that result doesn’t hand us confidence that they’ll be any match for the Foxes.
Dean Smith’s men are W4-D1-L8 since November, with the four victories coming over Newcastle, Norwich, Burnley and Liverpool’s U23s in the League Cup, while this run even included a 4-1 thrashing dished out by Leicester themselves at Villa Park.
Leicester To Win To Nil
Brendan Rodger’s side endured a spell where they struggled to shut teams out not long ago, with that last head-to-head meeting spawning a run of six games without a clean sheet, though they’ve kept both Newcastle and Wigan’s attacks quiet since then.
That made them only the third team to do so at St. James’ Park this season, while back at the King Power, only Liverpool on Boxing Day have managed to put more than one goal past them in 17 games since the departure of Claude Puel.
Given the Foxes have shipped fewer goals than everyone bar Liverpool in the league this term, there’s good reason to back the win to nil.
Villa might be the highest scorers amongst the bottom half of the table, but they’ve lost striker and summer signing Wesley to long term injury.
The Brazilian wasn’t exactly prolific with just five league goals so far, but his absence will be felt nonetheless as star midfielder Jack Grealish is the only other player at the club to have scored more than three times.
The visitors have further problems with experienced goalkeeper Tom Heaton sidelined, while second choice between the sticks Jed Steer is also out of action.
Moreover, midfielder John McGinn (who has found the net three times this season, as well as bagging six goals in Scotland’s past three matches) is missing too, so they should be there for the taking.
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