Villa are occupying 11th spot in the English top flight standings, having collected 28 points from 20 games, while the visitors are sitting three places behind them, with 18 points to their name.
Aston Villa will be hoping to make it three successive wins in the Premier League, when they host Leicester City at Villa Park on Saturday. Both sides are heading into the match on the back of identical victories last Saturday. The hosts edged past Southampton 1-0, while Leicester got the better of Walsall with a similar scoreline in the FA Cup fourth round match. Villa are occupying 11th spot in the English top flight standings, having collected 28 points from 20 games, while the visitors are sitting three places behind them, with 18 points to their name.
The finish of an in-form striker. 😍 pic.twitter.com/ZrkAA5odU1
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) February 2, 2023
After suffering a surprise 2-1 defeat to fourth tier side Stevenage FC in the FA Cup third round match on January 8, Villa managed to register back-to-back top flight wins. Unai Emery’s side defeated Leeds United 2-1 on January 14, before securing a narrow 1-0 win over Southampton, a week later. Olie Watkins’ 77th-minute strike separated the two sides and helped Villa take all three points at St. Mary’s Stadium. It was the Claret and Blue’s eighth league-win of the campaign. The result helped the Spanish tactician’s side to extend their unbeaten run to four Premier League-matches, while taking 10 points in that time.
Leicester, on the other hand, are winless in their last five top flight matches. Their latest Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion on January 21 ended in a 2-2 draw. Marc Albrighton and Harvey Barnes got on the scoresheet for the Foxes to earn a point against the Seagulls at home. After that, Brendan Rodgers’ side traveled to Bescot stadium for the FA Cup last 16 fixture. Kelechi Iheanacho had to bail Leicester out against Walsall, the fourth tier side, as the Nigerian scored the lone goal of the match in the 68th-minute.
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Aston Villa failed to get a replacement for striker Danny Ings, who left for West Ham United this winter. Meanwhile the likes of Lucas Digne, Diego Carlos and Jed Steer are sidelined with injuries, while John McGinn is doubtful for Saturday’s game because of a thigh problem. New arrival Alex Moreno will continue at the left-back position, with Ashley Young holding his place at the right-back. As for Leicester, the injury list consists of James Justin, Johnny Evans, Ryan Bertrand, Boubakary Soumare and Ricardo Pereira. Iheanacho will continue to lead the line, with James Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall and Barnes in support.
Aston Villa Probable line-up: Martinez, Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno, Ramsey, Kamara, Luiz, Buendia, Watkins, Bailey
Leicester City probable line-up: Ward, Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Kristiansen, Tielemans, Praet, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Iheanacho
|Leeds United||2-1 (W)|
|Nottingham Forest||2-0 (L)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Leicester draw Aston Villa||0-0|
|Aston Villa beat Leicester||2-1|
|Leicester beat Aston Villa||1-2|
|Aston Villa beat Leicester||0-1|
|Leicester beat Aston Villa||4-0|
The Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leicester City will take place at Villa Park on Saturday at 8:30 pm IST.
|Aston Villa vs Leicester City||key Details|
|Kickoff time in UK||3:00 pm|
|Kickoff time in India||8:30 pm|
The live telecast of the Premier League matches in India is available on the Star Sports network. Fans will also be able to watch the match on Jio TV and Horstar VIP.
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