By News Team
Last Updated: 28th January 2020
It’s time for the second installment of Aston Villa and Leicester’s Carabao Cup semi-final tie, which is currently level at 1-1 after the first leg at the King Power Stadium.
Frederic Guilbert opened the scoring in the first half before Kelechi Iheanacho, who came off the bench, netted the Foxes’ equaliser. Just one more match stands in the way of a place in the final at Wembley.
Foxes on the hunt for silverware
Leicester’s great season to date sees them still in contention for two cups, as well as flying high in the Premier League. As a result, they are contending with a congested fixture list, having played 12 matches since the middle of December.
They edged it through against Brentford last time out when playing for a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. This will have come as a real relief for Brendan Rodgers who had previously seen his men lose two on the bounce following the first leg of this Carabao Cup tie earlier in the month.
Now Leicester will look to put on a repeat performance of their Premier League trip to Villa Park when they ran out 4-1 winners earlier this season. Jamie Vardy got onto the scoresheet twice that day and Rodgers has hinted that he could make a return from injury on Tuesday night.
If so, Vardy can be backed at 17/5 to bag another brace here. Rodgers’ squad will be bolstered further since the victory against Brentford, with players who were rested that day likely to be recalled, such as Kasper Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira and Youri Tielemans.
Villa won’t make it easy
Aston Villa go into this game after pocketing four Premier League points across key fixtures against Brighton and Watford. Villa manager Dean Smith will know the importance of those points, particularly given that his side claimed them after coming from behind on both occasions to avoid defeat.
Moreover, the win against the Hornets was achieved without star man Jack Grealish hitting the back of the net. It’s further testament to their character that they managed these spirited displays after being thrashed 6-1 by Manchester City. Villa will be looking to replicate that tenacity against Leicester in order to try and clinch their first League Cup final place since 2010.
The cup-tied Danny Drinkwater will not be featuring after playing for Burnley earlier in the campaign. Pepe Reina, however, could get the go-ahead, despite not having been signed in time for the tie’s first leg.
Although Villa’s upturn in form stands them in good stead going into the game, Leicester will be sure to have learnt from their match against Brentford. Whichever way you look at it, a place in a final is up for grabs and, on paper, Leicester have enough quality to see this one through. Enhanced odds are available for the Foxes to win both halves, having previously been priced at 7/2. Take advantage of the 4/1 now on offer.