Aston Villa and Leicester did not make the best of starts to the 2021/22 Premier League campaign. Yet the two Midlands signs have improved in recent weeks. The Villans have made big strides under Steven Gerrard in a bid to push for the top half. Leicester have struggled with the demands of European football this season, but Brendan Rodgers’ side has been hard to beat recently and picked up some big wins along the way. This Midlands clash kicks off at 4:30 p.m on Sunday and it will be shown on Sky Sports.
Aston Villa had won their first two matches under new boss Steven Gerrard, who ended a run of five straight losses with a recent 2-0 win against Brighton. However, the Villans mini-run was ended by a 2-1 home defeat against Man City. Leicester have responded to a four-match winless run in all competitions with a three-match unbeaten run in recent weeks. The Foxes held Southampton to a 2-2 draw to follow up back-to-back victories against Legia Warsaw (3-1) and Watford (4-2). Looking at the team news, Trezeguet, Matt Targett, and Danny Ings may return from injury for Villa. The match comes too soon for Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore, however, as they are ruled out with hamstring injuries. Youri Tielemans could return for Leicester this weekend, but Ricardo Pereira (thigh), James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (ankle) are sidelined.
Matchwinner Betting Odds
Aston Villa and Leicester head into this contest in decent form, which presents some decent value in the match winner markets. Firstly, a home win appears to be the favourite following Villa’s mini-resurgence in the past two weeks. With two wins in their last three in the Premier League, there is some value in backing Villa at 29/20, provided by William Hill. A Leicester win seems unlikely, given their relatively patchy form of late. But the Foxes shouldn’t be written off completely as they have won two of their last three at Villa Park and BetVictor’s 2/1 odds show good value here. Given Villa’s improvement and Leicester’s hard to beat streak, a draw seems the most likely outcome on Sunday. Leicester have drawn their last two away matches and they are unbeaten in five away games. As a result, Betway’s 5/2 odds for a stalemate at Villa Park is a decent selection for the Midlands clash this weekend.
BTTS – Yes
One market that cannot be ignored between these two is for both teams to score. Aston Villa has seen scorelines of 2-1 in their last two matches and they have seen both teams score in three of their last four home matches. Leicester cannot keep clean sheets away, but they equally score a lot of goals. The Foxes have been involved in both teams to score scorelines in their last 14 away matches in the Premier League. Recent head to heads between these sides also suggests goals are coming as the last six encounters at Villa have seen BTTS. At 5/7, SBK are currently offering the best returns for goals at both ends.
Anytime Goalscorer Betting Market
As goals should come at Villa Park, additional value can be found in the anytime goalscorer market on Sunday. Firstly, looking at Leicester, there is one standout choice following his brace against Watford last weekend, Jamie Vardy. The veteran striker cannot be contained and he is the Foxes’ top scorer this season with nine goals. At odds of 7/4, provided by Bet365, there is some good value on Vardy to score anytime. But our goalscorer pick this weekend comes from Aston Villa’s ranks. Ollie Watkins has found his scoring feet in recent weeks, netting two in his last three matches, including one against City in mid-week. Sky Bet will provide the best odds for a Watkins strike at anytime at 2/1.
Villa vs Leicester has produced some stand out clashes in recent years and, given the goalscoring form of the two sides heading into this tie, another exciting encounter is expected at Villa Park. Please be aware that our tips always intend to point you in the direction of good value. But, please remember that we do not provide certain winners. We try to use the best information available to provide well-researched and reliable tips and odds. Always ensure you are gambling responsibly. For more detail on bookmaker’s available free bets, please check out our homepage for up-to-date, great value betting offers.