Following a heartbreaking defeat in the Carabao Cup final last week, Aston Villa travel to the King Power Stadium on Monday night to face a struggling Leicester City side. We preview the game below. 

Villa to beat the drop?

Throughout the season, Villa players have been questioned about their attitude towards the club and if they are strong enough to fight for a place in the Premier League. When the final whistle blew at Wembley last weekend, it was clear to see that every player had given their all and manager Dean Smith will be hoping that they can show the same attitude towards the end of the season.

Villa currently sit in the heart of the relegation zone, but they are only two points adrift of survival and having lost three league games on the spin, they desperately need to find a win from somewhere. With this form in mind, it is hard to imagine Villa getting the better of Leicester on Monday but at a price of 7/1, it is definitely a bet to keep an eye on.

Villa began 2020 in desperate need of a striker due to Wesley Moraes’ injury. The player they’ve turned to is Mbwana Samatta from Genk. Samatta has played five games for the club since his arrival, scoring two goals, including a brilliant header in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City last weekend. The Tanzanian is currently at 5/2 to score anytime on Monday and having already proven himself in the Champions League this season with Genk, he could be on his way to proving himself in the Premier League too.

Vardy’s drought to end?

Leicester reached the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday evening, but their main focus has to now shift back to the Premier League. Leicester will be looking for revenge against Villa after being knocked out over two legs by the Villains in the Carabao Cup semi-finals back in January, but on current form, it is not going to be an easy task.

Brendan Rodgers’ men may be sitting in third, but they have only won two of their eight Premier League games in 2020 and they are at serious risk of sliding down the table and entering the craziness of the top-four battle below them. Although Leicester aren’t in a purple patch, they sit at a price of 38/100 and you have to think that they should have enough to get over the line against Villa.

Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring drought has most certainly played a huge part in Leicester’s struggles with the striker going 641 minutes without a Premier League goal and only attempting ten shots, with just four being on target. Although Vardy is struggling, he currently sits at 8/13 to bag anytime and he will eventually put one in the back of the net, with this game being the perfect chance to do so.

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