LEI vs AVL Dream11: Leicester City will host fellow Premier League side Aston Villa in the first leg of Carabao Cup semi-final match at King Power Stadium. The 2nd leg will be played in three weeks time, and Villa will hope to take something back to fight for, for the 2nd leg at Villa Park.
A nine-game winning run in the Premier League put Leicester 2nd in the league, and in a prime position to qualify for the Champions League next season. And though successive defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool deflated the momentum, the Foxes responded well with three straight wins, including 1-2 away against West Ham in the league.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, and embroiled in the relegation battle. They are only one point above the drop zone, and at 17th on the points table. Villa made to the semi-final after thrashing Liverpool, who named a starting 11 of academy players, 5-0 in the last round.
Host: Leicester City
Visitors: Aston Villa
Competition: Carabao Cup, Semi-Final Leg-1
Match Venue: King Power Stadium
Match Timing: Thursday, January 09, @01:30 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Leicester City to win: 1.30 (3/10), Probability to happen: 76.92%
Aston Villa to win: 5.75 (19/4), Probability to happen: 17.39%
Draw: 9.00 (8/1), Probability to happen: 11.11%
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Leicester City team news: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has received a mixed bag of news ahead of the match against Aston Villa. Starting from the positive front, hit-man Jamie Vardy is once again available and is expected to start the game. The 32-year-old England international missed the last three games with a minor calf complain.
But Rodgers will have to make to without the services of centre-back Wes Morgan, who picked up a groin injury during Leicester's 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.
In addition, the Foxes remain without long-term absentees Filip Benkovic, Matty James and Daniel Amartey.
Leicester's likely changes:
Rodgers made wholesale changes to his team for the FA Cup match, so you can assume that the usual suspects would be returning for this game. Kasper Schmeichel will most probably replace Daniel Ward in goal, with Jonny Evans and Caglar Syuncu, along with Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell returning at the back.
Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes should provide width on either side of Vardy, while James Maddison and Youri Tielemans playing as a double pivot ahead of Wilfried Ndidi.
Leicester City key players:
Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans
Aston Villa team news: Dean Smith has a raft of players missing due to injuries. The home team is expected to be without at least six first-team players. Striker Wesley (ACL rupture) and goalkeeper Tom Heaton (knee) are the latest players hading into the treatment room, joing the likes of John McGinn (ankle injury), Jed Steer (foot), Keinan Davis (thigh) and Matt Targett (thigh).
Orjan Nyland will keep the gloves for Villa. Neil Taylor and Frederic Guilbert are expected to start on the wings, with Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause forming the 3-man backline. Danny Drinkwater has joined Villa on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season and will be an option.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa predicted playing 11:
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel (GK), Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Cagalr Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell, Wilfried Ndidi, Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Jamie Vardy
Aston Villa: Orjan Nyland (GK), Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Frederic Guilbert, Luiz, Hourihane, Neil Taylor, Trezeguet, Kodjia, Jack Grealish
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