Dean Smith's men are having an excellent campaign in their second season back in England's top division, currently sitting in 8th place. It’s set to be a good watch with both Aston Villa and Leicester looking good this season.
Ahead of the weekend clash, we assess the form of the two sides and their most recent results.
Aston Villa (L-W-L-W-D)
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side have been inconsistent in the past five games, winning two, losing two, and drawing one. Regardless, when Aston Villa are in their groove they can be incredibly threatening and Smith will be wanting to see that Aston Villa this weekend.
Despite leading twice in the thrilling Claret and Blue battle, Aston Villa were unable to take any points back to Villa Park as they lost narrowly to Burnley. Goals from Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish, weren't enough to receive a win versus the Lancashire team.
The Midlands side were able to pick up three points just three days later, being victorious over Southampton, beating the Saints by a goal to nil. It looked to be one point in the dying stages of the game as Southampton equalised but to Aston Villa’s relief, it was disallowed by VAR.
Aston Villa were unable to find back to back Premier League wins in their next match, being beaten by an in-form West Ham United side. The Villans hit back in their next League tie however, earning the three points after holding out against Arsenal in a close tie.
In their most recent encounter, the Villans were held to a goalless draw by Brighton & Hove Albion. Brighton created the best chances of the game but thanks to goalkeeper- Emiliano Martinez -the Seagulls were only left with a point.
Leicester City (W-D-W-W-D)
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side are unbeaten in their last five as they keep battling at the top of the Premier League table. Brendan Rodgers will look to continue his good form by taking away something from Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
Following on from their win against relegation threatening Fulham, Leicester were held to a goalless draw by fellow Midlands side, Wolverhampton Wanders. Both sides were unable to convert their chances, with both sides taking a point away from the tie. Leicester were then able to progress into the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup past Brighton after Leicester finally broke the deadlock in the 94th minute as Kelechi Iheanacho found the winner, sending the Foxes into the next stage of the cup.
Leicester made it back to back wins, beating reigning champions Liverpool by three goals to one. The Blues completely turned the game on it’s head after goals from James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, and Harvey Barnes occurring in the space of seven minutes.
Slavia Prague then hosted Leicester in the following the game, seeing the return of the UEFA Europa League. Leicester were unable to find away past the Czech Republic side as they go into the second leg with no away goal advantage.
This game is all to play for with both team’s being capable of collecting the three points. Leicester will look for revenge after that late heartbreaker earlier on this season, as they look to keep the pressure on Manchester United.
Leicester will be searching for the win past fellow Midland rivals, it’s very possible they’ll be able to do just that.