Carling Cup Match Preview: Leicester vs Aston Villa

Both sides will be well rested for this semi-final first leg but there is no question which team approaches the game in better shape, with Villa without four important, first team regulars.

Leicester ran out convincing winners when the sides met at Villa Park but Dean Smith will no doubt attempt to set his side up in a more defensive structure with the aim of leaving themselves a fighting chance at home.

Nevertheless, the hosts’ firepower should prove too much once more, so inflicting a blow themselves must also be high on the visitors’ list of priorities.

Team News

 Leicester – Reserve centre-backs Wes Morgan and Filip Benkovic were both forced off through injury in cup action and are unavailable but Jamie Vardy will return having been suffering with a tight calf.  Bet Now on NaijaBet.com

Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes are likely to be the only players that started the victory over Wigan to keep their place on Wednesday.
Aston Villa- Aston Villa’s usual starting XI was decimated by injuries over the past month, though Tyrone Mings made a successful return to action at Burnley on New Year’s Day.
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Both Tom Heaton and Wesley, however, have been ruled out for the rest of the season, joining key midfielder John McGinn and left-back Matt Targett in the treatment room.
Orjan Nyland and Jonathan Kodjia’s places in the side are somewhat enforced but elsewhere Dean Smith was able to rest his squad in defeat to Fulham.

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As at the time this post Leicester City has 1.30 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Aston Villa has 10.19 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 6.22.

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