With Smith’s men struggling with a hefty injury list, Al Hain-Cole expects the Foxes to ease to victory in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final
Leicester City will be looking to put one foot in the Carabao Cup final when they welcome Aston Villa to the King Power Stadium in Wednesday’s semi-final first leg.
The Foxes ran out 1-0 aggregate winners against this opposition when they met at this stage back in 1999-00, the year they went on to lift the trophy for the third and last time.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Latest Odds
Having lost just once in 11 home games this season, they are 4/11 (1.36) favourites with bet365 to take command of the tie with a victory in front of their own fans.
Dean Smith’s men suffered a cup exit against Championship side Fulham at the weekend, but can be backed at 7/1 (8.00) to bounce back by coming out on top here.
Just one of the last seven encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw and you can get odds of 17/4 (5.25) on them cancelling each other out once again.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Team News
Filip Benkovic and Wes Morgan were both forced off with injury in Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Wigan, leaving them doubtful for this clash. Jamie Vardy is available again after missing Leicester’s last two games through injury.
Jed Steer, Tom Heaton, Matt Targett, John McGinn and Wesley make up an extensive injury list for the visitors.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Preview
While a trip to this ground seemed like a tall order for the Villans when the draw was made, their current injury list makes it look positively ominous.
Having lost six and won just one of their last eight away matches on the road, it is hard to see them competing with Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Indeed, the hosts have won eight of their previous 10 fixtures in front of their own fans, and ran out impressive 4-1 winners at Villa Park in the most recent encounter.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa Tips and Predictions
All in all, even money (2.00) seems like decent value on Leicester winning by at least two goals against an injury-stricken Villa.
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Leicester (-1) to win for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with bet365
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