Leicester City will play Aston Villa at home on Monday, 9th March. The match will kick off at 8 pm local time.
Match Preview Insights
- Leicester will begin this match third in the Premier League, with Aston Villa are currently 19th, although a win at the King Power Stadium would lift them three places.
- This match is a repeat of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, when the two sides drew, only for Villa to go through to Wembley courtesy of an injury time winner at Villa Park.
- However, in the reverse fixture in December, Leicester won 4 – 1 away, with Jamie Vardy scoring twice.
- Both squads include players who have featured for both clubs. Marc Albrighton started with Villa before joining Leicester, whilst Villa midfielder Danny Drinkwater was part of the Leicester team that won the Premier League.
Since the turn of the year, Leicester have been struggling to show the same league form that made then the closest challengers to Liverpool for the first half of the season. They have not won in the league since beating West Ham at home towards the end of January, and were beaten at bottom side Norwich City last weekend.
That run has coincided with a barren run for Jamie Vardy who is the Premier League’s joint top scorer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, but has gone more than two months without a goal.
However, Leicester are still in the FA Cup, and have a quarter final with Chelsea to look forward after a narrow win over Championship side Birmingham City in mid-week, Portuguese full-back Ricardo Pereira with the late winner.
Last weekend Aston Villa contested the Carabao Cup final, losing valiantly to Manchester City 2 – 1in the end. Now, out of the FA Cup, the only thing they have to focus on now is Premier League survival.
Realistically the bottom three places this season will be filled by the teams currently occupying 15th place downwards, but, two points adrift of 17th Watford at the moment, Villa need to start picking up points.
Much will depend on their captain jack Grealish who importance to the side cannot be underestimated. Not only is he the top scorer for then this season with nine, but he also leads the way with assists, with his eight being six more than an y other Villa player.
Whether they manage to survive or not in the Premier League this season it is almost certain he will leave the club in the summer, so they will be hoping he can continue to make a substantial contribution to the club he supports before he goes.
Whilst Leicester have not been in the best of form recently, that run has to end soon, against a Villa side that are desperate for points, but have not shown a great deal of quality this season, Grealish being the obvious exception. These two teams played out a draw on this ground in the Carabao Cup two months ago, but, whilst that result would suit Villa again, Leicester will want more.
And, whilst Vardy has not scored recently for Leicester, it is surely a matter of when, and not if, he finds the net again.