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Who should start for Villa as they host Leicester City?

What can Aston Villa expect from their East Midlands rivals as they look to prove their season has not stagnated.

Leicester City v Aston Villa - Carabao Cup: Semi Final Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

As West Midlands face East Midlands at Villa Park, Aston Villa will be looking to prove that their season has not peaked, while Leicester City will be looking to prove they are the team best suited to be competing with Manchester City at the top.

The visitors travel to Villa Park on the back of an impressive win over the reigning champions as they scored three goals in seven minutes.

However, Villa will be hoping that Leicester will be showing signs of fatigue following on from their Europa League duties on Thursday night.

LET’S LOOK AT THE STATS

The two teams come into this game in a similar run of form, having both won two in their last five:

Aston Villa form: D-W-L-W-L

Leicester form: W-D-W-L-D

Leicester are a side that aim to win the ball back as soon as they lose it.

They are one of only three sides to win the ball back over 1000 times within 5 seconds of losing it.

This kind of determination to pressure the opponents is something that Villa have come unstuck against this season, most noticeably against Leeds, Southampton and Brighton.

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This urgency to win the ball back is also emphasized by Leicester’s high number of tackles and interceptions this season.

Only Leeds and Fulham have completed more tackles and interceptions than Leicester’s 702.

The table below perfectly shows Leicester’s intensity and commitment to winning the ball back is up there with the best in the league.

Leicester also boast an impressive defensive record away from home.

The Foxes have only conceded 0.83 goals per away game from an expected 0.96, making them the 3rd best defense away from home.

This defensive record is vital to Leicester only losing once on the road this season; only Manchester United have lost less (0).

Another stat that may worry Villa fans is Brendan Rodgers’ impressive record at Villa Park.

Rodgers has a 100% record at Villa Park in his 5 visits in the Premier League.

ONE TO WATCH

Leicester City v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

When commenting on Leicester, it is hard to look past the prolific Jamie Vardy over recent years and this year is proving to be no different.

Despite spending parts of the season out with injury, when he’s on the pitch, he is proving to be as dangerous as ever.

Vardy has the best xG (14.4) in the league and the best xG/90 (0.81) so far this season.

In addition to this, Vardy enjoys playing against the Villans, having scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against them.

HEAD TO HEAD

Leicester have a decent record against the Villans, having won 43 times against this weekend’s hosts out of a total of 103 attempts.

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In the reverse fixture, Aston Villa were able to take home all three points thanks to a late Ross Barkley strike.

Leicester City v Aston Villa - Premier League Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa will be without Kourtney Hause, Wesley and Matty Cash for the Sunday fixture.

There have also been fresh concerns over the fitness of Jack Grealish, although these reports are in no way confirmed, so we will have to wait until 1 pm on Sunday to find out the definitive answer.

Aston Villa v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Tim Goode - Pool/Getty Images

As for Leicester, their injury list is slightly more extensive.

The Foxes will have to make do without Dennis Praet, Ayoze Perez, Wesley Fofana, Wes Morgan, and James Justin.

Who do you think should start for Villa against Leicester? Fill in the form below and we will release a Fan’s XI prior to kick-off!