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Aston Villa vs Leicester City: Football League Cup preview

Aston Villa vs Leicester City: Football League Cup preview

Aston Villa take on Leicester City in a Football League Cup semi-final second leg clash at Villa Park on Tuesday night. The aggregate score is 1-1 and both sides will be fancying their chances of reaching the final of the competition. The Foxes who have been playing well in the league this season will be the favourites to advance to the final. Villa by contrast are in danger of being relegated from the Premier League and may also have to focus on carefully managing their key players to avoid them getting injured and potentially missing out on league action.

Whilst Villa will have home advantage, Leicester did thump Dean Smith’s side 4-1 on their home turf in a league encounter in early December so they will be confident as they head to the ground.

Team News:

Aston Villa:

Villa will be without Danny Drinkwater who is Cup tied after having turned out for Burnley in the same competition during the first half of the season. They will also be able to call upon Pepe Reina to start between the sticks for them after they recently signed the Spaniard on loan from AC Milan.

Mbwanna Samatta is likely to be on the bench for Smith’s side after having joined the club from Genk. Villa will likely require a good performance from Jack Grealish if they want to reach a first league cup final since 2010.

Aston Villa form: (EFL Cup): WWWWD (All Competitions): WLDLDW

Leicester City:

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that striker Jamie Vardy will be available but it is likely that the striker will have to contend with a place among the replacements. It is likely that Rodgers will recall players who were left out from his sides recent game against Brentford and these include Kaspar Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira and Youri Tielemans.

Leicester form: (EFL Cup): DWWDD (All competitions): WDLLWW

Prediction: Leicester will be fired up to claim their first trophy since winning the Premier League during the 2015/16 season. Villa may give them a good run for their money but the Foxes should be able to prevail due to their superior level of confidence.

Lineups:

Aston Villa vs Leicester City

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Substitutes

  • 14 C. Hourihane
  • 39 K. Davis (M. Samata)
  • 17 Trézéguet (A. El-Ghazi)
  • 27 Ahmed El Mohamady (F. Guilbert)
  • 31 M. Šarkić (G)
  • 5 J. Chester
  • 8 H. Lansbury
  • F. Benković 16
  • J. Justin 2
  • (A. Perez) J. Vardy 9
  • M. Albrighton 11
  • D. Ward (G) 12
  • (H. Barnes) D. Gray 7
  • D. Praet 26

Missing Players

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Coaches

  • D. Smith
  • B. Rodgers

Odds:

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Standings:

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