Aston Villa vs Leicester Betting Tips & Predictions
Aston Villa are trading as the big outsiders to win Tuesday’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg clash, although we’re not quite sure why the bookies have them as such rank outsiders.
Dean Smith’s side will be full of confidence for this clash after securing a 1-1 draw at Brighton and the following this up with a 2-1 win against Watford which saw them come from behind against in-form opponents.
The form of Jack Grealish has been particularly eye-catching and Villa Park will be packed to the rafters for this Midlands derby against a Leicester City team who are likely to be missing Jamie Vardy.
Let’s not also forget that it was Villa who took the lead at the King Power Stadium in the first leg clash and led for a large chunk of the encounter, with the home side now eyeing up a trip to Wembley during their first season back in the top flight.
While Premier League survival is paramount, it won’t stop Smith fielding a strong team, with Pepe Reina having been recruited as a loan goalkeeper and the Foxes’ form has certainly dipped since that amazing run of nine victories in all competitions.
Indeed, the midweek 4-1 victory over West Ham was their first in four matches and followed a reverse at Turf Moor, while Jamie Vardy is likely to be absent after hobbling off against the Hammers.
While the teams are separated by 23 points in the table, this cup clash should be a good deal closer than the odds suggest and we have no hesitation in betting on the Villans with a one-goal advantage on the Asian Lines.
We think that any Leicester victory could be by a slender advantage and will be betting accordingly.
Aston Villa +1 @ 1.57 with bet365