Prediction and odds for the game: Aston Villa (16/5) v Leicester (4/5)
We are backing the away win (boring we know).
When: 08th December 2019, kick-off 2 PM
Where: Villa Park
On Sunday afternoon, Aston Villa host Leicester at Villa Park in what could be a crucial Midlands derby at both ends of the Premier League table.
The home side has endured a difficult return to the Premier League after promotion last season. They head into this clash just one point outside the relegation zone.
A 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in midweek means that Villa have won just once in their last six outings in the English top-flight. The result at Stamford Bridge also means that Dean Smith’s team have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six league outings.
Villa have a slightly stronger record at home than in general in the top-flight, having lost just one of their last six league games on home soil. Dean Smith’s team has been relatively prolific at Villa Park in the Premier League, scoring at least twice in three of their last four matches.
The visitors have enjoyed a fantastic Premier League campaign. The Foxes are currently second place in the table, eight points behind league leaders Liverpool and 12 points clear of fifth-place Wolves in the race for the Champions League spots. There is a real belief that the team from the Midlands can mount another unlikely title challenge this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ team has won their last seven matches in the Premier League while scoring at least two goals in all seven victories. The Foxes have also been highly solid at the other end of the pitch, keeping five clean sheets in their last six outings. In fact, the visitors have the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded just nine league goals this season.
The visitors have won their last three away matches on their travels in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in all three wins, while also keeping clean sheets in all of the victories.
Former England international striker Jamie Vardy has been key to the Foxes good season so far, scoring 14 times in the visitors 15 Premier League.
Leicester have been simply sensational this season and it would now be highly surprising if the Foxes did not claim a Champions League spot this season. Villa will be happy just to stay out of the relegation zone
Smith’s team are not easy to beat on their own patch. However, Leicester have built up major momentum in recent months. We are backing the home win at odds of 4/5. The other bet we are backing is the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/7, as Villa are dangerous in attack at Villa Park, while Leicester are prolific wherever they play at the minute
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 4/5 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/7.
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