Leicester vs Aston Villa Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Leicester were 10 points off Liverpool on Boxing Day - they're 32 points away from the league leaders in March. Their decline has been swift and dramatic, with five losses in all competitions since in 2020 forcing them to adjust their aspirations from faint title contention to hanging on to a Champions League spot.


A home game against a sinking Aston Villa side could be just what they need to stop the rot, with the beaten Carabao Cup finalists out to halt their own recent slide that has seen them lose their last three league games.

With three very different meetings having already taken place between the Midlands rivals this season, Monday night’s contest will be anything but predictable, and the mercurial midfield presences of Jack Grealish and James Maddison is likely to be the focus.


Where to Watch

When is Kick Off? Monday 9 March​
What Time is Kick Off? ​20:00 (GMT)
Where is it Played? ​King Power Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Sky Sports Main Event
Referee? ​Michael Oliver

Injury Update

Both Wesley and Tom Heaton are ruled out long term with anterior cruciate ligament injuries for Aston Villa ​and will not play again this season, while goalkeeper Jed Steer has no set return date after picking up a calf injury. John McGinn's comeback is likely to be against Chelsea on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a fractured ankle.

Jamie Vardy

Leicester's top scorer ​Jamie Vardy is expected to play some part in this fixture after a number of fitness setbacks, and Ben Chilwell will be assessed before the game after a hamstring injury in Leicester's midweek FA Cup victory over Birmingham City. Daniel Amartey is ruled out with an ankle injury, and Nampalys Mendy misses out with a knee problem.


Predicted Lineups

Leicester Schmeichel; Pereira, Söyüncü, Evans, Fuchs; Barnes, Maddison, Ndidi, Tielemans, Pérez; Vardy
Aston Villa ​Reina; Hause, Mings, Konsa; Guilbert, Nakamba, Luiz, Targett; Grealish, Samatta, El Ghazi

Head-to-Head Record

It has been a back-and-forth battle between Leicester and the Villans this season, with three entirely distinct results.

In early December, an imperious Leicester swept them aside at Villa Park, with Vardy's brace coming either side of strikes from Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans​ in a 4-1 dismantling of their opposition.

James Maddison,Kelechi Iheanacho

Villa got their revenge in the Carabao Cup, using an unexpected 1-1 first leg draw at the King Power to spring a shock in the second leg, with Trézéguet's winner at the death and goalkeeper Orjan Nyland's heroics sealing a Wembley appearance for Dean Smith's men.


Recent Form

Leicester's victory over Birmingham in the FA Cup on​ Wednesday was their first in six matches, and they have struggled to put together a strong run of performances in 2020.

Particularly concerning for the Foxes was their recent loss at struggling Norwich, a game where they dominated possession but looked vulnerable on the break as they went down to Jamal Lewis' first goal of the season.

Dean Smith

​Since a 2-1 victory over relegation rivals Watford lifted Villa to 16th, times have been similarly miserable at Villa, unable to dispatch a Bournemouth side reduced to ten men, before Björn Engels' last minute error gifted ​Tottenham a win that will have sapped morale at Villa Park. 


Losses to Southampton and Man City, the latter in the Carabao Cup, followed, and Villa will need to take advantage of their two games in hand to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.


Prediction

​Leicester have been poor since ​Liverpool saw them off in December but their quality should show through against one of the league's most porous defences​.


With their talisman ​Vardy to rally around once more, and a momentum-building win in midweek, the Foxes' squad will be re-energised ahead of a crucial series of games.


​Villa have the small matter of fixtures against ​Chelsea, Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United in the coming weeks, and it is likelier that Monday's matchup will heap more misery on the Villans rather than marking the beginning ofgreat escape.


Prediction: Leicester 3-1 Aston Villa



Source : 90min