Go straight to all the best Aston Villa contentVisit our Leicester City pageCHRIS SUTTON'S PREDICTIONLeicester still haven't won a Premier League game since the World Cup and are getting a bit desperate, although at least their draw with Leeds stopped a run of four straight league losses. Villa, in contrast, have won three and drawn one of their past four games and, on current form, they have to be favourites here. But the Foxes still have some good players and James Maddison should be fit enough to start - he might just make the difference.
Prediction: 1-1Sutton's full predictions v DJ SchakThe Foxes have scored 17 goals and conceded 23 on the roadMATCH FACTSHead-to-headBoth teams have scored in 12 of the 13 Premier League meetings at Villa Park. The exception was Leicester's 2-0 win in December 2001. Aston VillaVilla have earned 16 points from seven league matches under Unai Emery, a tally only bettered by Arsenal's 19 since the Spaniard's first match in charge. They have won five of those seven games, as many victories as in their previous 24 attempts.
"At this point, I'm looking at Leicester's fixture list and wondering what game they can win. If they lose their next three games and then have to face the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Brentford, it's going to be hard. I'm going with Aston Villa to win this game. " Merson prediction: Aston Villa 2-0 Leicester City.
Aston Villa could register three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since February to March last year. All five of Leon Bailey's Premier League goals have been scored at Villa Park, with the last three coming in the opening seven minutes. Emery's Paris Saint-Germain defeated Brendan Rodgers' Celtic 5-0 and 7-1 in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage but Rodgers won both Premier League games with Leicester against the Spaniard's Arsenal side. Leicester CityLeicester have only taken one point from their five league games since the World Cup, conceding 10 goals.
Merson and Sutton disagree in Villa vs City prediction as 'big' claim madePundits Paul Merson and Chris Sutton have given their prediction ahead of Leicester City's trip to Aston Villa on Saturday (3pm kick-off). The Foxes are desperate for a win after being defeated by Nottingham Forest and then having registered a home draw against Brighton last time out. Villa, meanwhile, have picked up some form, winning their last two games.
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"Villa, in contrast, have won three and drawn one of their past four games and, on current form, they have to be favourites here. But the Foxes still have some good players and James Maddison should be fit enough to start - he might just make the difference. " Sutton prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester City. Paul Merson "Leicester are struggling at the moment and this is a big game for them. They have difficult fixtures coming up, and I don't see how they can avoid a relegation battle unless they get a couple of big results, " the former Arsenal and Villa player told SportsKeeda.
Their only competitive wins during this period were in cup ties against lower league sides Milton Keynes Dons, Gillingham and Walsall. Each of their last three league victories were in away fixtures. The Foxes have dropped 19 points from winning positions this season, six more than any other team. James Maddison has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 17 Premier League starts, with 11 goals and seven assists. Harvey Barnes is one short of 50 career league goals. He has scored in all five of Leicester's Premier League wins this season and has four goals in four top-flight starts against Villa. Brendan Rodgers has won six of his seven Premier League matches at Villa Park.
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Aston Villa v Leicester City team newsJohn McGinn of Aston Villa has been out for a month with a hamstring injury sustained during the New Year's Day win at TottenhamTEAM NEWSAston Villa captain John McGinn has recovered from a hamstring injury, while Lucas Digne is fit after a shoulder issue. New signing Jhon Duran hasn't played since October but could be involved. Leicester City will assess the fitness of Jamie Vardy and deadline-day signing Harry Souttar, who have been nursing respective glute and hip problems. Victor Kristiansen and Tete could make their Premier League debuts but Wilfred Ndidi misses out for personal reasons.
Brendan Rodgers' side are winless in the league since Boxing Day with two of those defeats being away from home. Ahead of the clash, the pundits highlighted City's struggles and their need to start picking up results in the second half of the campaign. READ MORE: Marc Albrighton opens up on 'difficult' Leicester City decision READ MORE: Souttar, Vardy, Soumare, Ricardo – City injury update ahead of Villa clash Here is what the pundits have said... Chris Sutton "Leicester still haven't won a Premier League game since the World Cup and are getting a bit desperate, although at least their draw with Leeds stopped a run of four straight league losses, " Sutton wrote in his BBC Sport column.
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