Leicester City will be looking to arrest an alarming slump in form as they chase a Champions League spot. Brendan Rodgers’ men have taken just two points from their last four top-flight outings. Monday night’s opposition, Aston Villa, also knocked the Foxes out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage.
The visitors put up an impressive fight against Manchester City at Wembley last time out, losing 2-1 in the showpiece finale. They’ll turn their attention to remaining in the Premier League, with just 25 points on the board after 27 matches thus far. They come into the weekend trading at 8/13 (1.62) for relegation.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: 9th March 2020
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
Referee in Charge: Kevin Friend
TV Channel / Live Stream: Sky Sports will broadcast the game in the UK. Monday Night Football gets underway at 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultimate HD. The match will also be available to watch via the SkyGo app.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa – The Form Guide
It's now four league games without a win for Leicester but they did beat Birmingham in the FA Cup on Wednesday. Their alarming dip in performances and results since the festive period has brought their Champions League credentials into question. Rodgers' side still sit with an eight-point lead over fifth-place Manchester United coming into the weekend, though.
Villa's form doesn't make good reading either. Four defeats in a row see Dean Smith's men 19th in the table. Despite high hopes for their return to the Premier League, there's a very real chance they slip back into the Championship at the first time of asking. It's now eight games since the away side kept a top-flight clean sheet.
What is the Team News?
Daniel Amartey is Leicester’s only confirmed absentee for this game. Jamie Vardy is back in contention after a calf injury kept him out of the Foxes’ last two matches. He’ll be a welcome addition if passed fit for this game. Wilfred N’didi started in midweek and should retain his place in the side for the visit of the West Midlands outfit.
Villa continue to be without goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Jed Steer. Orjan Nyland started in the Carabao Cup final, ahead of Pepe Reina but the Italian could return to the starting line-up here. Wesley and John McGinn both remain sidelined.
Leicester City Predicted Line-Up: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Ricardo; N’didi, Barnes, Maddison, Praet, Perez, Vardy
Aston Villa Predicted Line-Up: Reina, Hause, Mings, Konsa; Targett, Nakamba, Luiz, Guilbert; Grealish, El Ghazi; Samatta
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Latest Odds
Leicester are 2/5 (1.40) shots to get back to winning ways. It’s tough to put too much faith in the Foxes at the moment though. There has been a definite slump in performance levels since the turn of the year. BetVictor are a top price of 17/2 (9.50) about Villa picking up a much-needed win at the King Power Stadium. The draw is around 4/1 (5.0) at the time of writing.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Score Prediction
Neither side have convinced defensively of late. The visitors are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road since returning to the top-flight. A 1-1 draw could be worth considering at 10/1 (11.0) with bet365 although there is better value elsewhere in the markets.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Betting Tip
Even if Vardy returns for Leicester, their form makes it tough to back, especially at short prices. Instead, backing Aston Villa +1 on the Asian Handicap at 31/20 (2.55) with 888Sport looks the best option. This bet pays out in full if the visitors take at least a draw from the game and stakes are returned in full if they lose by a single goal margin. This bet would have paid out in both the League Cup meetings between the pair and Rodgers’ side look vulnerable despite their lofty Premier League status.
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Leicester City vs Aston Villa – Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will Jamie Vardy be fit for this match?
A. Vardy has been ruled out of the FA Cup clash against Birmingham but Brendan Rodgers said he “should be fine” for Aston Villa.
Q. What time is kick-off?
A. The game is scheduled for 8pm GMT on Monday 9th March.
Q. When was Jamie Vardy’s last league goal?
A. Vardy has been on something of a goal drought of late. Despite 17 strikes in the Premier League this season, the Leicester forward hasn’t found the net since 21st December 2019.