On one hand, you could look at it like this: Aston Villa are coming into this game off the back of a 7-2 (seven-two) victory over the current Premier League champions, and one of the best sides in the world.
Leicester lost 3-0 to David Moyes the last time we saw them, and they didn’t even look remotely semi-competent. But here’s the rub, Leicester also stuck five past Man City only a couple of weeks ago. So, you’ll find that Sunday’s clash (at 19:15) between the Foxes and the biggest club in all of Sutton Coldfield is fairly unpredictable.
Sunday 19:15: Leicester v Aston Villa
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Dean Smith was a prime candidate to lose his job as an unlikely recovery and a VAR mess-up were the only tangible reasons his side avoided the drop last year, but he’s turned it around so quickly that some fans of the club aren’t even fully over the disappointment of last year yet.
Leicester, meanwhile, are in a state of flux. They can probably never be unhappy with a league position above 14th due to the stature of the club and football economics, but also will never truly be content as they’ve won a league title in the last decade and nothing else can ever compare. Who comes out on top? Here’s a Same Game multi for your thoughts:
You just feel like quality will override the patchy formlines that both bring into this encounter. There is not a hope in the world that Villa are good enough to have landed nine points without major asterisks and Leicester are primed now to tackle them post-international break.
The problematic thing about Villa is they’ve so many internationals in their side that they struggle to compete when they need to implement their depth. Conor Hourihane played almost every moment of Ireland’s three games, and Jack Grealish.. wait, never mind. A return to true form for the Brendan Rodgers-led side feels like the most likely occurrence and they very rarely win by the odd goal.
As much as I’d like to see this as a both teams to score market, it more reads like a both teams to concede market to me. And if there’s two teams in the league to play loose, it’s these two. Villa’s gung-ho approach has aided them so far, with a bit of luck, so it’s not going to change now.
While Leicester have been the most entertaining side to watch in the Premier League since big Brendan took over a few years back. Does anyone care about clean sheets? Anyone?
The best thing about Jamie Vardy is that he doesn’t play for England. That’s not an anti-England thing – it just makes him more dependable than other strikers who tire themselves out while on international duty.
Everyone around him will be knackered come the hour mark here and yet Mr Vardy will be Benjamin Buttoning his way around the pitch without so much as a gasp for breath for the full 90. Impressive, young man.
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