The Premier League returns from the international break this weekend, with a Midlands derby between Leicester City and Aston Villa one of the highlights of the schedule. Both teams have made excellent starts to the new campaign, sitting second and third in the table coming into this clash.
Where and when: King Power Stadium – 18 October, kick-off 19:15
Where you can see Leicester vs. Aston Villa: Sky Sports Box Office
Last time: Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy were both at the double as Leicester eased to a 4-0 victory over Villa at the King Power back in March.
Leicester v Aston Villa Predictions and Preview
It’s been a long time since Aston Villa recorded a Premier League victory over Midlands rivals Leicester City. Almost six years, in fact. The Foxes have become Premier League champions since losing 2-1 to the Lions at Villa Park in December 2014, and are looking to make waves once again under Brendan Rodgers this season.
Leicester certainly made plenty of headlines as they thumped Manchester City 5-2 at the Etihad a few weeks back. Disappointingly, the Foxes followed that up with a 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham, ending their 100% start to the new season after beating West Brom and Burnley before that victory over City.
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Vardy to score first
Villa, meanwhile, still impressively have their 100% record intact, although they’ve only played three times so far. Dean Smith’s side only held onto their Premier League status by a single point last season, but beat Sheffield United and Fulham in their first two matches of the new campaign, before their remarkable 7-2 demolition of champions Liverpool last time out.
Doubtless Smith was loathe to lose his players to the international break following such a seismic result, but the Villans boss will surely see his troops return with morale still very much on a high. They have to be considered a dangerous proposition for any team now, although the visitors start these Leicester v Aston Villa predictions as the 10/3 underdogs.
The hosts are the odds-on favourites at 13/15, with the draw priced at 3/1. Leicester may have slumped to a surprise defeat in their last game before the break, but their squad’s full of pace, creativity and guile, not to mention superbly coached by Rodgers.
The Foxes boss could be missing as many as seven players for this match though, with Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira and Filip Benkovic all injured, and Daniel Amartey and Dennis Praet both doubts. James Maddison and Demarai Gray should be available, while visiting boss Smith could be without Wesley, Bjorn Engels, Tom Heaton and Orjan Nyland.
One to watch for Leicester: Jamie Vardy has made a sensational start to the season, scoring five times in Leicester’s first four games. Touted for a return to the England squad ahead of next summer’s Euros, he’s the 13/4 favourite to open the scoring in this one.
One to watch for Aston Villa: Jack Grealish has surely cemented his place in the England setup after impressing on his debut. The Villa captain looks as though he’s loving his football at the moment, and could prove wonderful value at 12/1 to break the deadlock on Sunday.
Long shot: The seven Premier League fixtures these teams have shared so far this season have seen 32 goals, at an average of 4.6 per game. An over 4.5 goals bet this weekend is priced at 4/1, while you can add Leicester to that bet as the winners for 11/2. A 3-2 victory for the Foxes is 21/1, rising to 85/1 with Vardy scoring first.