Booking their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s FA Cup in midweek, Leicester will simply have their sights set on refinding their Premier League winning touch when they host Aston Villa on Monday night.
Despite picking up a 1-0 win over a plucky Birmingham City on Wednesday, the Foxes have failed to win any of their last four top-flight matches on the bounce and are now desperate to just end the year with a Champions League return.
On the flip side, watching Manchester City lift the EFL Cup at Wembley last weekend, Aston Villa find themselves in the midst of what has become a worrying rut for the Premier League returners.
Dropping back into the relegation zone and sat two points adrift of safety, Monday’s guests find themselves in the midst of a four-match losing run across all competitions and have continued to show some glaring issues on the road.
Despite knocking Leicester out of the EFL Cup in the semi-finals last month, Villa were hit with a 4-1 hammering on Premier League duties back in December and another victory for the Foxes can be found priced at 4/11 with Bet365.
Leicester seeking a bounce
After watching Ricardo Pereira’s late header secure their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Cup against Championship high-flyers Birmingham on Wednesday night, Leicester are hoping to transfer their midweek victory into some Premier League success.
While Brendan Rodgers’ men might still find themselves holding an eight-point buffer from losing their Champions League status, the Foxes have been hit with back-to-back 1-0 defeats against relegation scrappers Norwich and Manchester City.
Collecting just two points out of a possible 12 over the past month and unable to call upon leading marksman Jamie Vardy due to a calf injury, a huge part of Leicester’s recent issues have come down to some toothless displays in the final third.
Also only managing a pair of shots on Birmingham’s goal in midweek, the Foxes have failed to find the net in their last three Premier League matches on the bounce, their worst attacking rut of the season so far.
You might be interested to know that Rodgers’ men can be found as high as 9/1 with Betfair to draw another shock blank on Monday night.
An immediate Championship return for Villa?
Although their shock 2-1 win over Leicester in the EFL Cup last month may have been a boost for Villa, Dean Smith’s side have since come crashing back down to earth.
Watching Manchester City claim back-to-back League Cup crowns last weekend, fans around the Midlands have seen their side lose their last four matches on the bounce and are in the midst of a real relegation scrap.
Now sat two points adrift of safety and priced at 4/7 with William Hill to be hit with an immediate Championship return this season, a huge part of Villa’s continued issues this year has come down to some glaring problems at the back.
Lucky to have just shipped a pair of goals against City in the capital, no team in the Premier League have conceded more than their 52 strikes this year and Smith’s side have now failed to record a clean sheet across any format since Boxing Day.
More worrying for the former Brentford boss, watching his side ship over 1.5 goals in each of their previous four defeats, a similar outcome for a struggling Villa can be found priced at 8/13 with Ladbrokes.