fbpx

Aston Villa will look to bounce back from their first defeat under new management when they welcome Leicester City to Villa Park in the Premier League on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard had gotten off to a perfect start as new Villa boss, winning two from two whilst keeping two clean sheets.

That was until Wednesday night when defending Premier League champions Manchester City came to Villa Park and collected three points.

City dominated the opening exchanges and eventually broke the deadlock on 27 minutes, before a breathtaking Bernardo Silva volley doubled the visitors’ advantage on the stroke of half time.

Villa came out inspired after the break, with Ollie Watkins pulling a goal back within two minutes of the restart.

However, despite late pressure, Manchester City stood firm and inflicted upon Gerrard his first defeat since taking over from Dean Smith last month.

There is no shame in losing to one of Europe’s best sides and Villa gave it a good go – as such that result is unlikely to have drained any confidence or sapped any spirit from a side who have looked much improved since Gerrard’s arrival.

Sunday afternoon pits a fresh test for the Villa, where Gerrard will come toe-to-toe with Brendan Rodgers, a manager he played under at Liverpool.

Rodgers’ Leicester City side make the short trip to Birmingham having drawn 2-2 on the road midweek at Southampton.

The Foxes were behind at St Mary’s after just 3 minutes when shoddy defending from a corner allowed Saints to score, before Jonny Evans pulled one back from close range.

Southampton were infront again when Che Adams converted a cross from the right, but a rejuvenated James Maddison restored parity for Leicester with a smart finish.

Despite the shaky start to the game, Rodgers will have been disappointed to leave Southampton with just a point, considering his side had ample opportunity to win the game in the second half but for wasted chances and some inspired goalkeeping.

The Foxes have struggled to find consistency this term, something which is reflected in the league standings which sees them placed 10th after 14 games.

However, the Premier League has been a close run thing so far this season and a win against Aston Villa on Sunday could see them rise to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

For Villa, meanwhile, they are 3 points behind their opposition in 13th and could potentially breach the Premier League’s top half with victory at Villa Park.

Any success they do achieve will be without Leon Bailey, who had to be withdrawn against Man City midweek after pulling up with a thigh injury.

Defender Matt Targett also sustained a knock in Wednesday’s game and is a major doubt to feature.

Bertrand Traore is a definite absentee with a longer term issue, whilst Danny Ings remains doubtful after a minor setback on a thigh strain.

Leicester City have been missing key players throughout the season and that continues in to this weekend – Fofana, Ricardo, Tielemans and Justin all continue to be unavailable for Brendan Rodgers – although Tielemans is the closest of that quartet to a return to fitness.

Jamie Vardy is fit and available for Leicester and a goal against Villa – which would be his 6th in 8 Premier League games against them – would put him clear as Leicester City’s 3rd highest goalscorer of all time.

Aston Villa v Leicester at Villa Park is a 4.30pm kick off on Sunday 5th December.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

About the author

Niall McCaughan

Broadcast Journalist
Sport Social's Broadcast Journalist. Host of the Football Social Daily podcast. Football Commentator for Manchester United, Leicester City and more. Big Pompey fan.
Follow @niallpfc on Twitter

Related posts

Brighton pounce late again to seal 1-1 Leicester draw audio
Brighton have kept up their impressive habit of late comebacks this weekend as the Seagulls secured a 1-1 draw away at Leicester.
Everton’s woes continue with 1-0 Aston Villa defeat audio
Everton’s expected response under Duncan Ferguson has hit an immediate bump in the road as the Toffees lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa.
Preview: Leicester aim to bounce back from midweek embarrassment against Brighton audio
Brighton hope to make it seven games without defeat as they travel to the King Power on Sunday
Preview: Digne Returns to Everton with new side Aston Villa audio
Two Merseyside legends clash at Goodison Park as Steven Gerrard brings his Aston Villa side to face Duncan Ferguson's Everton
Find your next favourite sport podcast
Athletics Basketball Cricket Fight Sports Football Golf Horse Racing Motor Racing Rugby Tennis
Sport Social: The home of sport
Arsenal
Aston Villa
Brentford
Brighton and Hove Albion
Burnley
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
Everton
Leeds United
Leicester City
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Norwich City
Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur
Watford
West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers