With a golden opportunity to book a spot at Wembley for March’s EFL Cup final, Leicester will welcome relegation scrappers Aston Villa to the King Power on Wednesday night.
Also bagging a spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup thanks to a routine 2-0 victory over Championship outfit Wigan over the weekend, the Foxes find themselves enjoying a three-match winning run and still sit in pole position to secure a Champions League return this year.
On the flip side, after being handed a 2-1 defeat away at another Championship squad in Fulham on Saturday, Aston Villa find themselves in the midst of an injury crisis and open 2020 still firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap.
There is no doubt that Dean Smith’s men will undoubtedly also be haunted by their most recent meeting against the title outsiders.
Hit with a 4-1 hammering when Leicester made the trip to Villa Park last month, you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found pencilled in at 4/11 with William Hill to clinch back-to-back victories in midweek.
The high-flying Foxes
While back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City last month may have brought an end to Leicester’s shock title charge, the Foxes have continued to take the Premier League by storm this season.
Opening 2020 sat one-point ahead of the defending champions in their race to clinch a silver medal finish, Brendan Rodgers’ high-flyers find themselves in the midst of a three-match winning run and the mood in their camp continues to soar.
While the former Celtic boss might have seen his side gain a growing reputation for their performances in the final third, fans around the King Power will be glad to see Leicester find some much-needed resolve at the back.
Despite shipping seven in their two meetings against England’s two heavyweights, the Foxes have landed back-to-back clean sheets, a run highlighted by a thumping 3-0 victory away at St. James’ Park on New Year’s Day.
You might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found at 11/10 with Paddy Power to come away with another clean sheet intact in midweek.
Villa’s injury crisis
Hit with a 2-1 defeat away at Fulham over the weekend and holding just a one-point buffer from falling back into the drop zone, the mood in Dean Smith’s camp will not be helped by the news of yet more injury frustrations.
The former Brentford boss will be without striker Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton for the rest of the season after both suffered knee ligament damage in Wednesday’s trip to Turf Moor.
Heaton and Wesley join star midfielder John McGinn on the sidelines with the Scotland international hit with an ankle injury that will keep him out for at least two months.
However, if Villa are to book a spot in the final of this year’s EFL Cup, there is no doubt that Wednesday’s traveling support will be calling on skipper and talisman Jack Grealish to lead their charge.
Finding the net in Villa’s 2-1 victory over Burnley on New Year’s Day, the playmaker is heavily linked with a call up to Gareth Southgate’s squad and can be found at 3/1 with 888Sport to once again find the net in midweek.