Leicester v Aston Villa Betting Tips & Predictions
Leicester City are regarded as getting the easiest EFL Cup semi-final opponents after drawing Aston Villa in the last four of the competition, with the Foxes getting the opportunity to draw first blood at the King Power Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are having an excellent season and they continue to enjoy plenty of victories despite having Jamie Vardy on the sidelines, with the striker nursing a minor injury which could keep him out of the team for this clash.
Leicester’s big target this season is a place in the top four of the Premier League although Rodgers would love to land some silverware during his first full campaign at the Midlands club and his side are strong favourites to reach Wembley Stadium.
This game follows hard on the heels of a busy festive fixture schedule and Leicester also had to face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup on Saturday, while Aston Villa make the short journey east after a trip to Craven Cottage where Dean Smith decided to rest his entire first team.
While the Villans are scrapping against relegation this season, this is still an opportunity for them to reach a domestic cup final and Smith appreciates the possibility of etching his name into Villa folklore and winning a trophy with the club.
We should expect to see a fairly strong side fielded by the visitors and a 2-1 win at Burnley illustrated that there’s still plenty of fight left within this side.
We think at the very least that Villa can keep this game tight and we like backing them with a +1.5 goal advantage which means they could afford to lose by a goal and still profit for us.
Smith will want his team to stay close to Leicester before the return match at Villa Park and the Foxes themselves might be happy with a single goal advantage before looking to finish the job.
Aston Villa +1.5 @ 1.725 with bet365