Leicester City at Aston Villa
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2:45 PM (Villa Park)
Aston Villa host Leicester City at Villa Park on Tuesday for the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie. The two teams played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first leg at the King Power Stadium, so it’s still all to play for!
The Foxes dominated the first leg, but failed to make their superiority count. Villa took the lead on 28 minutes through right-back Frederic Guilbert before Ezri Konsa’s header hit the crossbar. Leicester were nowhere near their best, but Kelechi Iheanacho equalized in the second half.
Leicester definitely deserved more from the first leg after registering 21 shots. Meanwhile, Villa only recorded three attempts, so Dean Smith’s side are lucky to still be in this tie.
Villa were hammered 6-1 by Manchester City just four days after the first leg before claiming an important 1-1 draw against Brighton. Smith’s men then beat fellow relegation candidate Watford 2-1 to climb out of the drop zone in the EPL.
The Villains are currently sitting 16th the table – two points clear of West Ham, Bournemouth and Watford. Their recent results show they can compete with their relegation rivals, but it’s fair to say that Villa struggle against the division’s top clubs.
Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats following the first leg and the Foxes’ poor run began with a 2-1 loss at Southampton. Leicester then suffered another 2-1 defeat, this time at the hand of Burnley.
However, Leicester returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-1 victory over West Ham. Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira and Ayoze Perez (2) scored the goals against the Hammers as the Foxes bossed the possession and created plenty goalscoring opportunities.
Leicester are sitting comfortably in 3rd place in the EPL standings – eight points clear of fourth-place Chelsea and just three behind Manchester City. The consecutive defeats that followed the first leg will were out of character. The Foxes have been outstanding in 2019/20, so I can see them winning the second leg with ease.
Villa’s defensive record is poor this season, but the team has also struggled to score goals. By contrast, Leicester has been scoring goals for fun this term, while only two top-flight teams have conceded fewer goals than the Foxes.