ASTON VILLA had the whole of the international break to bask in the glory of their 7-2 win over Liverpool but need to come back down to earth for a tough Midlands derby with Leicester.
After only just avoiding the drop last term, Villa have come flying out of the blocks this season, winning their first three games. Few people gave them a prayer against the champions but Dean Smith’s men smashed seven past them in one of the biggest Premier League shocks ever.
Now they head to the King Power to face a Foxes side who are also flying high after winning three of their first four matches in the league, including a surprise 5-2 triumph at Manchester City.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were then on the receiving end of a shock before the international break as they crashed 3-0 at home to West Ham, with Michail Antonio bringing up my anytime scorer tip.
They will be desperate to make amends against Villa in what promises to be one of the most intriguing games of the Premier League weekend.
Leicester vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head (h2h)
Leicester bossed the Premier League games with Villa last term, winning 4-1 in Birmingham before easing to a 4-0 victory at the King Power (below). But Smith’s side got their revenge in the Carabao Cup semi, winning 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a last-gasp goal from Trezeguet.
Villa haven’t won in Leicester since a 3-2 triumph in the Carling Cup way back in 2006.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa : Team News
Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira are all definitely out for Leicester, whilst James Maddison, Dennis Praet and Filip Benkovic are unlikely to feature.
Dean Smith will be without Wesley for the trip to the King Power Stadium, with Kortney Hause, Bjorn Engels and Tom Heaton remain doubtful.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa : Match Preview
Aston Villa’s start to the season has been nothing short of incredible, with three consecutive wins more than they managed in all of last term.
Their total of 12 strikes is already 30% of the goals they managed last season and that new-found potency should serve them well against a Leicester side that have conceded seven times in their last three.
Going forward the Foxes have had no such problems, though, also netting 12 times this term including five in a thrashing of Manchester City in September.