Aston Villa vs Leicester betting tips: Carabao Cup semi-final second leg match preview & predictions

Aston Villa vs Leicester prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester

A place at Wembley beckons.

After a tantalising first leg at the King Power three weeks ago, this one is on a knife edge.

In that one, Villa took a shock lead through a magnificent diving header scored by right-back Frédéric Guilbert.

However, Dean Smith’s men could not hold on.

Hamza Choudhury pinched the ball off Douglas Luiz and found substitute Kelechi Ịheanachọ who fired in a priceless equaliser.

1-1 it finished.

So, with no away goals rule, it’s winner takes all at Villa Park.

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Aston Villa vs Leicester City: Who will win?

Aston Villa, despite being the home side, are big underdogs at 3/1 to win this match.

Leicester meanwhile are odds on at 3/4 to repeat December’s win at Villa Park.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 29/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score is 8/15.

Leicester to win and over 2.5 goals is 5/4.

Leicester to win and both teams to score is 2/1.

Villa are 2/1 to make the final; the Foxes are 4/11 to qualify.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish will, as always, be Villa’s talisman. The Captain is 13/2 to open the scoring and 23/10 to score anytime.

Mbwana Samatta could make his debut for the club. The Tanzanian international is 7/1 to score first and 12/5 to mark his first appearance with a goal.

Jamie Vardy meanwhile has 17 goals to his name this season. Vardy is 13/5 to break the deadlock and odds on a 3/4 to add to his tally.

Kelechi Ịheanachọ has been in fantastic form lately. He is 14/5 to score first and 10/11 to score anytime.

Both Anwar El Ghazi and Grealish to score is 11/1.

Both Tyrone Mings and Douglas Luiz to score is 55/1.

Both Ayoze Pérez and Vardy to score is 9/2.

Both Youri Tielemans and Ịheanachọ to score is 11/1.

Aston Villa vs Leicester City: Match preview

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Will Aston Villa qualify for the final?

Ahead of the first leg, nobody gave them hope.

But the 1-1 draw they battled to at the King Power leaves them in a very good position.

In their last game seven days ago, they took a massive step towards all important Premier League safety.

They hosted relegation rivals Watford last midweek but the Hornets led 1-0 at the interval.

Nevertheless, Douglas Luiz gave them hope before they won it in the 95th minute when Ezri Konsa’s shot flicked in off Tyrone Mings’ foot.

A massive victory for Dean Smith’s men.

It was their third league win in six and it lifted them out of the drop zone. two clear of danger.

On Saturday they travel to Bournemouth in another huge game against a side just below them.

But first, can they book their place in a cup final?

So far in this competition, the Villans have overcome Crewe Alexandra, Brighton & Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool.

Aston Villa have won 22 major trophies in their illustrious 145 year history however, the most recent of those came in this competition in 1996.

Will they keep alive their hopes of another piece of silverware and book their place in a first final for five years?

Leicester on their way to Wembley?

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü of Leicester City after their sides 3-1 win during the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Leicester City meanwhile came into this tie as overwhelming favourites but do not make the 38 mile trip west with a lead.

Brendan Rodgers’ side come into this game having played twice since their opponents were last in action.

In their last Premier League match, goals from Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira and a late brace from Ayoze Pérez saw them hammer West Ham 4-1.

That means they remain third but now with a chasmic 14 point advantage over fifth place.

Champions League football looks set to be returning to the King Power Stadium but will they also be lifting some silverware?

On Saturday, Kelechi Ịheanachọ scored the only goal of the game as they defeated Brentford at Griffin Park.

That saw them progress through to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons to keep alive their hopes in that competition.

But, in the Carabao Cup, they are just one step away from potential glory.

In earlier rounds, they’ve had to defeat Newcastle, Luton, Burton and Everton with their two wins over top-flight sides coming in penalty shootouts.

They will not care how they get through here just that they do.

Will the 2016 Premier League Champions book their place in a cup final for the first time since 2000 when they won this cup?

There is a very good omen for The Foxes here, that year they beat Aston Villa in the semis after drawing the first leg.

Aston Villa team news vs Leicester City

Aston Villa’s Wesley (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with Trézéguet (left) and John McGinn during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Given that they have had seven days to prepare for this one, Dean Smith’s squad will be refreshed and raring to go.

He still has some big selection decisions to make.

Pepe Reina will continue in goal; the on loan AC Milan goalkeeper is yet to lose since joining the club.

Ørjan Nyland, who started the first leg, will be on the bench; Tom Heaton and Jed Steer are injured.

In defence, Kortney Hause, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings will be sorely tested as a back three by Leicester.

At wing-back, first leg goalscorer Frédéric Guilbert will keep his place over Ahmed Elmohamady.

On the left, Matt Targett is back after a hamstring problem so will continue at Neil Taylor’s expense.

In midfield, Danny Drinkwater has been a regular since joining on loan from Chelsea.

However, after scoring in Villa’s last game, Douglas Luiz is likely to come back in alongside Marvelous Nakamba.

Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury are the other options; John McGinn is still two months away from returning.

Up front, with Wesley out for the season and Jonathan Kodjia having joined Al-Gharafa of the Qatar Stars League, they have been playing without a recognised centre-forward.

Those days could be over though.

Last week, Tanzanian international Mbwana Samatta joined the club from Belgian champions K.R.C. Genk for £10 million.

He is expected to be thrust into the action and tasked with leading the line.

Captain Jack Grealish will be on the left looking to add to his nine goals and six assists this season.

On the other side, Anwar El Ghazi is likely to get the nod over Trézéguet.

Jota and young American Indiana Vassilev are the other options.

Will this XI lead Aston Villa to March’s Carabao Cup Final?

Leicester City team news vs Aston Villa

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

As for Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers made nine changes at Griffin Park on Saturday so does have options all over the park.

In goal, Danny Ward got a rare outing at the weekend but Kasper Schmeichel will return for this one, looking to add to his eight clean sheets this season.

In defence, Çağlar Söyüncü was the only man to start against both West Ham and Brentford.

However, he’ll be rejoined by the regular defence of Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and Ben Chilwell.

James Justin, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs will drop back out.

In midfield, how big could Wilfred Ndidi’s return be?

The Nigerian played nearly an hour off the bench last midweek and there is no coincidence that Leicester’s form has dropped off while he’s been injured.

Nampalys Mendy, who Ndidi came on for in that West Ham win, is now injured himself so Hamza Choudhury will be the understudy on the bench.

Ahead of him, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison will return with Dennis Praet back on the bench.

In attack, Rodgers has some big decisions to make.

Ayoze Pérez scored twice off the bench six days ago so is likely to keep his place.

As is Kelechi Ịheanachọ; his goal at the weekend was his seventh of the season, five of which have come since the start of December.

Jamie Vardy has been confirmed fit for this match and is in the Leicester squad for the trip to Villa Park.

That would mean in form Harvey Barnes, Demarai Gray and Aston Villa fan and former player Marc Albrighton are left out.

This would be a 4-4-2 diamond meaning they can dominate the midfield and play two centre-forwards up against Villa’s three centre-backs.

Brendan Rodgers won all five domestic cups up for grabs when he was north of the boarder at Celtic.

Will he lead Leicester to an historic cup final?

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Leicester City.

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Aston Villa.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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