Aston Villa v Leicester City team news & stats

Date published: Friday 15th January 2016 1:20

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Aston Villa have won three of their last four Premier League home games against Leicester City going into Saturday’s latest encounter at Villa Park.

Team news

Micah Richards, Jack Grealish, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Carlos Sanchez are all fit to return for Aston Villa, but Remi Garde could opt to stick with the side which beat Crystal Palace in midweek. Alan Hutton remains out with a hamstring injury.

Leicester, meanwhile, have no new injury problems and are also unlikely to make changes following their win at Tottenham. Jeff Schlupp and Matty James are still injured.

Kick-off at Villa Park is at 5.30pm.

Opta stats

  • Aston Villa have won only four of the 19 Premier League match ups with Leicester (D8 L7), but they have won three of the last four at Villa Park (W3 L1).
  • Leicester City came from two goals down to win for only the second time in their Premier League history in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
  • There have been five red cards in the last seven Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and Leicester.
  • Aston Villa are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since May 2015, both of which were home games.
  • Leicester have kept three clean sheets in a row in the league for the first time since May 2015 – they’ve never kept four consecutively in the Premier League.
  • The Foxes have already claimed two more points this season (43) than they managed in the entirety of last season (41).
  • The lowest points total for a Premier League side after 21 games and still avoid relegation is 12 points set by West Brom in 2004/05 – Aston Villa have 11 points.
  • Villa have scored just five first half goals this season, a league low. They’ve not scored earlier than the 40th minute in a Premier League game since September (against Leicester).
  • Since scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, Jamie Vardy has managed one goal and six shots on target in seven matches.
  • N’Golo Kanté has made the most tackles (85) and interceptions (83) in the Premier League so far in 2015-16.


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