Leicester City vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : The UEFA Nations League had put an abrupt stop to all the top leagues in the world for a week. But all major leagues including the Premier League will be back on Saturday with a lot of matches lined up over the weekend.
The Leicester City are taking on Aston Villa in what will be an interesting clash to look out for. Both the clubs have got off to a great start and are looking to extend the advantage further with a win over the weekend. This year’s premier league looks like the one for the lower ranked teams, so Leicester cannot take this clash lightly.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
The 2019 season wasn’t so generous for Leicester as they went trophyless for the whole season. They had a decent season in England with a 5th place finish ahead of top teams like Arsenal but never looked in contention for the trophy.
They were out of FA Cup in the quarter-finals while the EFL Cup campaign was a better run among the three by making it to the semi-finals. In the last five games that they have played, Leicester have won three games while losing the other two.
They are currently third in the points table with three wins and a loss with a hope of climbing up the table this weekend. They have scored 13 goals in 6 games translating to 2.17 per game so far.
Aston Villa have always been an underdog in the premier league. They finished 17th in the points table last season and were eliminated in the third round of the FA Cup. But their best performance came in the EFL Cup or more famously called as the Carabao Cup where they reached the finals but were unlucky to lose against Manchester City.
In the last six games, the team has been victorious on 3 occasions with 2 defeats and a draw. On the contrary, they have got one of the best starts to a premier league season with three consecutive wins and are 2nd in the table.
This include wins against Fulham, Stoke City and more importantly against the defending champions Liverpool that shocked the football fraternity. They have netted 13 times in the last 6 games accounting to 2.17 per match so far.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Aston Villa: 8
Last 5 matches: Leicester – 2, Aston Villa – 1, Draw - 2
Recent Meeting: Leicester won 4-0 in a premier league fixture on 9th March 2020.
Leicester vs Aston Villa prediction and betting analysis: Offensive and defensive stats
The hosts will probably stick to a 4-3-3 formation that gives them the right amount of everything. They are coming off a bad defeat and would want to revert it on Sunday. There’s little to no doubt that Aston Villa will go in with a 4-2-3-1 using which they blew away the Liverpool last weekend.
The Aston Villa attack has to be heaped with praises for that ruthless win against Liverpool. Ollie Watkins will lead the frontline once again and is beaming in confidence after a hat-trick against the Reds. In addition to 5 goals in 6 outings, he has been exceptional in aerial duels winning an average of 5 per game along with 3.3 shots and 1.7 key passes per game.
Jack Grealish will join him whose strength is to create chances and to dribble exceptionally. He has so far scored four times which includes a double brace in the last game along with 87.2% pass success, 3.3 dribbles and 2.8 key pass every match.
Ross Barkley will have to do the attacking midfielder role and has 2 goals with 83.9% pass success for the team to succeed.
The Leicester attack is somewhat reliant on the England striker Jamie Vardy who has scored five goals so far this season. In addition to this, he has 1.8 shots per game and has more than 60% success in passes along with 0.5 key pass and 0.3 dribble per game so far.
He will be joined by the likes of Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes who will have to create more chances for the striker. He is slightly out of touch with a goal in 6 games and have to come out better against Aston Villa.
Tielemans has 0.8 shot per game, 1.7 dribbles per game but has to cut the number of fouls per game. Harvey Barnes has given clinical performances in the recent games with a goal and an assist but will have to create more chances for the team.
The Aston Villa’s defense will have to be top notch like they did against Liverpool. Tyrone Mings who is a center back is versatile and can counter attack very well. The English defender has 79.1% pass completion along with 7 clears per match which speaks of the effort he puts along with 1.3 blocks so far.
Ezri Konsa is very strong in controlling possession and giving important crosses. He has about 79.7% pass completion success, an average of 4 aerials won per match along with 1 tackle and 1 interception every match. The left and right defenders Cash and Targett will have to make sure that they guard the sides pretty well so that they clear any attack coming their way.
The Leicester defense was rattled after conceding thrice when they played West Brom last weekend. It is important for them to comeback stronger in their home game. Soyuncu has 89.2% pass success along with 1 tackle per game, 1.7 interceptions per game and 2.7 clears per game which makes him a perfect match for right center back.
Jonny Evans will come in handy with his reputation of scoring apart from his defending skills. He has 83.7% pass accuracy along with 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 2 clears per game in the recent past.
Timothy Castagne surprised everyone by netting one in the first game and has two assists in 6 appearances but his defending numbers are decent. He has 82.1% success in passes, 1.3 tackles per match, 1.2 interceptions per match and most importantly 1.8 clears per match in the recent past.
Leicester vs Aston Villa prediction and betting analysis:
The game between Leicester and Aston Villa is scheduled on 18th October in King Power Stadium at 7.15 pm local time. Even though the betting platforms suggest Leicester City to win the battle comfortably, the past history and head-to-head suggests a closer clash on the cards with a significant chance of Aston Villa pulling off a surprise.