Aston Villa host Leicester this Tuesday in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi final, with the home side aiming to secure a place in a domestic cup final for the first time since 2016, when they faced Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
The Foxes come into the second leg with their own domestic pedigree. City fans will be hoping to relive the glories of the 2000 League Cup final, when a Matt Elliott double secured a famous win against Tranmere Rovers.
The tie remains very much in the balance following a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Tuesday 28 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played?||Villa Park|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Main Event|
|Aston Villa||Reina; Guilbert, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Targett; Drinkwater, Nakamba; Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Grealish.|
|Leicester City||Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.|
Head to Head Record
Tuesday's game will be the 101st game between these two sides. Leicester currently hold the advantage with 42 wins to Aston Villa's 33. There have been 25 draws between the two clubs.
The first leg between the two sides saw a resilient performance by Villa. Frenchman Guilbert snuck in to reward Villa's play in the first half with a deserved lead, only for Kelechi Ihenacho's equaliser in the 74th minute to stop the Villans from winning.
Villa's push to stave off relegation got a massive boost in midfweek when they managed a comeback victory against Watford as Tyrone Mings' fortuitous winner sent Villa Park into raptures.
However, Leicester fans will point to their 4-1 victory at Villa Park earlier in the season as to why they come into the second leg as favourites.
Iheanacho continued his recent good goalscoring form with a
Here are each sides' last five results in all competitions.
|Brentford 0-1 Leicester (25/1)||Aston Villa 2-1 Watford (21/1)|
|Leicester 4-1 West Ham (22/1)||Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa (18/1)|
|Burnley 2-1 Leicester City (19/1)||Aston Villa 1-6 Manchester City (12/1)|
|Leicester City 1-2 Southampton (11/1)||Leicester City 1-1 Aston Villa (8/1)|
|Leicester City 1-1 Aston Villa (8/1)||Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa (4/1)|
The fitness of Vardy will be crucial in deciding whether Leicester win this match. The speed and unrelenting movement of the former England striker adds a dimension to Leicester's play that cannot be replicated by another player.
If the striker doesn't play, the tie becomes a much more even affair.
Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City
Source : 90min