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Aston Villa FC vs Leicester City, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

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In-form Aston Villa take on troubled Leicester in Midlands derby

  • Aston Villa are in fine form under Unai Emery heading into second half of the season
  • In 11th place, they could move into the top half if other results go their way
  • Leicester haven’t won a game in the Premier League since before the World Cup

Aston Villa to win 3-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Birmingham, Villa Park

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Aston Villa have quickly become one of the form sides in the Premier League, with Unai Emery restoring quality and confidence throughout his squad.

Villa are one of the clubs not to spend a fortune during the January transfer window, preferring to keep faith with the players they have right now. It seems to be working.

The Birmingham-based team could rise into the top half with victory here, depending on how teams above them get on.

Leicester are still awaiting their first Premier League win since the World Cup ended, with Brendan Rodger’s team stalling just above the relegation places.

The Foxes’ owners have kept faith with the struggling manager, although they will need to put points on the board before long.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Five wins from their seven league games under Emery

     Won two of their past four against Leicester

Reasons to be fearful:

     Squad looks a little thin if injuries were to come

     Tough run of fixtures to contend with

Aston Villa has the look of a football club that knows what it is doing right now.

They have appointed one of the highest rated managers in Europe and don’t appear to be rushing things in the transfer market when others are throwing money at any promising young player.

Their squad does look a little thin in some areas, particularly after letting Danny Ings join West Ham, but if everyone stays fit then a top-half finish looks more than possible.

One January signing, Colombian Jhon Duran, could help to fill a gap upfront, but at 19 he isn’t expected to pull up any trees just yet.

Here, they have a great opportunity to earn three points against a struggling team.

Star Man – Emi Buendia

Buendia, alongside Watkins, Bailey and Douglas Luiz, have all improved their game since the arrival of Emery. The Argentine is now a solid starter in this team and is getting goals and assists as a reward.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Have won two of their last three away visits to Villa

     Barnes has a great record against their opponents here

Reasons to be fearful

     No team has lost more games – four – since the World Cup

     Only Everton have conceded more goals during that time

Leicester earned an important draw in their last league game, claiming a point off in-form Brighton in a 2-2 clash that the Foxes led leading into the final minutes.

They followed that up with a win in the FA Cup, a result that could inspire them to better things in the league going forward. They’ll need something to go their way before long.

With only a point separating them and the bottom three, they can’t afford too many slip ups with teams below them all vying for points. Most of them have appointed new managers of late.

They have a decent record away to Aston Villa in recent times, winning two of their last three clashes at Villa Park. That record is under threat here, of course.

New signing Harry Souttar, a £15m purchase from Stoke City, is likely to be in the squad. 

Star Man – Harves Barnes

Barnes has been involved in five goals in his last four games against Villa, with four goals and an assist. The young winger is always a threat for the Foxes.

     Possession to be evenly shared

     Both teams prefer to play on the counter

     Villa’s confidence and recent form to pay off

Aston Villa have a fantastic opportunity to push on in the second half of the season, potentially going as far as claiming a European spot.

To do that, they’ll need to replace the likes of Brentford, Fulham and Brighton in those spaces right now, meaning they can’t afford to drop points in games like this.

Leicester have been inconsistent all season and you can’t predict their performance from week-to-week with any confidence. 

You would expect Villa to claim the points.

Aston Villa to win 3-1

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Author: Ross B.