Premier League high-flyers Leicester City will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they take on an in-form Aston Villa team this weekend. The Foxes picked up one of the biggest surprise victories of the season a few weeks ago by beating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side by a whopping 5-2 scoreline. Despite this victory though, they were unable to keep the momentum going, and fell to a shocking 3-0 home defeat at the hands of David Moyes’ West Ham United.
With the Premier League now geared to kick off after the recently concluded international break, Brendan Rodgers’ men will undoubtedly be eager to get back into the right frame of mind. The league defeat against the Hammers was more than two weeks ago now, which means any mental scars that were left by that result have healed by now. Despite that unexpected loss to the London club, Leicester find themselves in third place on the league table, and with Everton and Liverpool facing off against each other, a win could see the Foxes climb to the top of the charts.
Leicester City came into the season with a number of injury problems to deal with, and there has been no shortage of additions to that list since the campaign kicked off either. The likes of Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira remain sidelined, while Filip Benkovic is also unavailable for selection. Another key name that’s missing from the side is James Maddison, who remains a doubt for this fixture. Dennis Praet, Demarai Gray and Daniel Amartey are all unlikely to play any part in this match as well.
Here Is The Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leicester City Lineup Vs Aston Villa:
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Leicester City Lineup Vs Aston Villa
Kasper Schmeichel has been the first-choice at the King Power stadium for a while now, and the veteran keeper is yet to show any signs that warrant being dropped from the team. In front of him, considering some of the injuries that the Foxes are having to deal with, Rodgers could choose to move into a flat back-four. The injury to Amartey means that Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyunçu are expected to continue in the heart of defence, with James Justin and summer signing Timothy Castagne operating down the flanks.
Hamza Choudhury is expected to start in the holding midfield role, and will be tasked with providing ample defensive support to the back-line. Not only is the youngster a good passer of the ball, but he also tends to display the right temperament for a player of his age. Adept at keeping the ball moving from side to side, the academy graduate has the quality required to pick up good spaces, while also providing a constant passing option to the defenders. Nampalys Mendy is the man that could be given the nod alongside him.
In this formation, the Foxes essentially play with four completely attack-minded players. Although this setup has led to their downfall on various occasions in the past, the lack of defensive options could force this move out of Brendan Rodgers. Jamie Vardy starts in the central striking role as usual, with Youri Tielemans operating just behind him, providing direct support. On the flanks, the usual suspects – Harvey Barnes and Spanish speedster Ayoze Perez, are expected to continue as well.