Kick-off: 1400, 21/02/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Leicester’s Premier League away form has been outstanding this season and they can make it nine wins from 13 road trips when visiting Aston Villa.
The hosts have already been beaten four times at this venue and were rated fortunate to beat Arsenal in their last match here, when outplayed for long periods.
We’re happy to take 7/5 for the Foxes to come out on top for our first Aston Villa vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa are still nicely placed in eighth but a few chinks have begun to appear in their armour of late.
This month, they have gone down 3-1 to West Ham on home turf, stole a win off Arsenal, as mentioned above, and were lacklustre in a goalless draw at Brighton.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made a number of crucial saves at Amex Stadium, more than he had in any previous Premier League match, including a superb outstretched palm to deny Dan Burn’s header.
Alexis Mac Allister and Joel Veltman also went close, while Dean Smith’s men managed just one attempt on target at the other end.
“I’m disappointed with the performance,” defender Tyrone Mings admitted on VillaTV.
“I think we lacked an intensity and an enthusiasm that usually is a staple of our game.
“To win any game in the Premier League, you have to work hard and I don’t think we had that.
“As a defender, to come away with a clean sheet and a draw when you don’t look like winning a game has to be a positive, but I don’t think we were quite at it, for some reason.”
City have the attacking firepower to punish a similar display, so 21/10 for the visitors to score in both halves appeals from the Aston Villa vs Leicester odds.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Barkley, Watkins, Traore.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester boosted their top-four hopes when coming from behind to secure an excellent 3-1 success versus Liverpool.
Alisson gifted Jamie Vardy the goal which put the Foxes ahead, but James Maddison and Harvey Barnes were also on target in an impressive late flourish.
Barnes praised City’s clinical nature, telling LCFC TV: “It was obviously a great result for us. They had a lot of the ball but we had some big chances in the game.
“We knew that if we turned up, we’d have a great chance against them. We’ve been really good against the big teams this year.
“So, we didn’t come into the game not believing in ourselves. We knew that if we turned up, we’d definitely get a result. I think it showed.
“As soon as we got our first goal, we had the belief to go and get the second and the third and kill the game off.”
Leicester are certainly playing with a swagger this term, which has helped them pick up notable away victories at Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Leeds.
Thursday’s Europa League trip to Slavia Prague is only a minor concern, as Brendan Rodgers’ side won two away games following group-stage European journeys.
No Premier League team has netted more late goals on their travels or overall, with City’s speedy forwards coming to the fore when play opens up.
Let’s complete our Aston Villa vs Leicester betting tips by taking 14/5 for the Foxes to outscore their hosts between 75:01 minutes and full-time.
Last Leicester EPL line-up: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey, Pereira, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Ndidi, Vardy.
Brighton 0-0 ASTON VILLA
LEICESTER 3-1 Liverpool – James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes
Head-to-head: Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa, Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester, Leicester 1-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester
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