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.

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