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

Leicester vs Aston Villa prediction: Leicester 3-0 Aston Villa

This tie presents both with a fantastic chance for one of these sides to reach a major cup final.

Leicester City last won a domestic cup when they lifted this trophy in 2000.

Although, of course, they have won the Premier League since then.

Aston Villa meanwhile have won 22 major honours but the last of those was the League Cup in 1996.

Who will have the advantage after this first leg at the King Power Stadium?

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Leicester City vs Aston Villa: Who will win?

Unsurprisingly, hosts Leicester are big favourites to win this one at 2/5.

Aston Villa meanwhile are 6/1 to leave the King Power Stadium with a shock win.

A draw, which would be a great result for Villa, is 10/3.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score no though is 10/11.

Leicester City to win and over 2.5 goals is also 10/11.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: James Maddison of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on September 14, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Jamie Vardy is the top scorer in the Premier League this season. He is 2/1 to break the deadlock and 8/15 to net against Villa again.

James Maddison will also be a threat. He is 11/2 to score first and 13/8 to score anytime.

Jack Grealish will continue to be the visitor’s talisman. He is 17/2 to open the scoring and 3/1 to score again anytime.

Conor Hourihane has scored four goals in this competition this season. He is 11/1 to score first and 7/2 to add to that tally.

Both Kelechi Ịheanachọ and Vardy to score is 3/1.

Both Maddison and Vardy to score is 7/2.

Both Ayoze Pérez and Vardy to score is also 7/2.

Both Jonathan Kodjia and Grealish to score is 20/1.

Both Conor Hourihane and Grealish to score is 22/1.

Both Jota and Trézéguet to score is 40/1.

Leicester City vs Aston Villa: Match preview

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium on December 04, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

It’s been a fantastic season for Leicester City so far.

Can they top it all off by winning a cup?

Their run to this semi-final has seen them require two shootouts so it has not been easy.

In the second round, they edged past Newcastle on penalties before hammering Luton 4-0 and Burton 3-1, both away from home.

In the quarter-finals, they again came through on penalties, despite being 2-0 up at Everton they required spot-kicks to progress.

Now here though, they’ll very much fancy their chances of a trip to Wembley.

Last time out in the Premier League, they easily beat Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park.

Ayoze Pérez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury with the goals.

That made it back to back wins so, despite a wobble around Christmas, the Foxes have actually won ten of their last 13 league matches.

That leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side second in the table, one point above Manchester City but, crucially, 14 points clear of fifth place.

European football looks set to be returning to the King Power and surely it’ll be of the Champions League variety.

That would be a remarkable achievement.

Now though, their focus will be on trying to reach a cup final.

On Saturday evening, they outclassed Wigan Athletic 2-0 in the FA Cup third round to remain in that competition.

But first, in this competition, having got this far they’ll be desperate not to fall at the semi-final stage.

Given that Leicester won 4-1 at Villa Park 31 days ago, the Foxes come into this one as big favourites.

Will they build up an unassailable lead in this first leg?

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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)

As for Aston Villa, they have breezed through to their third domestic semi-final in eight years.

Back in August, they easily beat Crewe Alexandra 6-1 and Brighton 3-1, both away from home.

Then, they’ve beaten a much-changed Wolves side 2-1 at home before easing past that infamously youthful Liverpool side 5-0, also at Villa Park.

Despite this cup run, the Championship play-off winners are really struggling on their return to the top-flight.

On New Years’ Day though, they got a vital victory at Turf Moor, beating Burnley 2-1.

That made it two wins in three but just six overall from 21 league matches meaning they are just one point above the relegation zone.

On Saturday, despite the fact Dean Smith named a pretty strong side, the Villans lost 2-1 at Craven Cottage to Fulham in the FA Cup third round.

It was clear by the river Thames at the weekend that Premier League survival is the priority.

First though, they could still reach a major cup final.

It won’t be easy but, with a sold-out second leg at Villa Park to come, it is imperative they return from the East Midlands still in this tie.

Will that be the case?

Leicester City team news vs Aston Villa

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park on November 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Throughout this competition, Brendan Rodgers has named strong XIs so there is no reason that’ll change here.

In an ideal world, Leicester will rack up a big win making the second leg a mere formality.

Danny Ward started the weekend FA Cup tie but regular number one Kasper Schmeichel will return in goal for this one.

Rodgers has picked numerous different formations in recent weeks but they’re likely to revert to their preferred 4-1-4-1 for this match.

James Justin has started two of the last three matches but Ricardo Pereira will come back in at right-back.

Ben Chilwell will continue on the other side.

At centre-back, Wes Morgan and Filip Benković started against Wigan but Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü are first-choice and will be reinstated.

In midfield, it’ll be all change from the weekend.

Nampalys Mendy, Hamza Choudhury, Dennis Praet, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray and goalscorer Harvey Barnes will all be back out of the starting XI.

In the centre, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans are very established as a trio.

Out-wide, Kelechi Ịheanachọ and Ayoze Pérez, who’ve both been amongst the goals lately, will be looking to support their main man.

Jamies Vardy has missed the last three matches but should be back for this one.

He’s scored 17 goals this season and netted the winning penalty in the quarter-final shootout.

Will the Foxes be too strong for the opponents from the West Midlands?

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)

As for Dean Smith’s side, they make the 37 mile trip with key players out.

Not ideal.

In goal, Tom Heaton suffered a, potentially, season-ending knee injury at Burnley.

So, they’ve been heavily linked with a new goalkeeper but, for now, with Jed Steer also out, Ørjan Nyland will continue in goal.

In that New Years’ Day game at Turf Moor, Dean Smith picked a back five for the first time this season.

As they won 2-1, he’s likely to stick with it.

On the right, Frédéric Guilbert will return at the expense of Ahmed Elmohamady.

On the other side, with Matt Targett injured, Neil Taylor will continue to deputise.

In the centre, James Chester and Björn Engels started at Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

However, Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause and star defender Tyrone Mings will all be back here.

Mings’ return from injury is a massive boost.

In midfield, John McGinn is another headliner when it comes to key Villa players who are out for some time.

So, without him, it’s likely to be Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz in the centre.

Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury will be those to drop out from the weekend cup defeat.

Out-wide, talismanic captain Jack Grealish will return; he’s managed eight goals and six assists already this season.

On the other side, Trézéguet will start at the expense of Jota and Anwar El Ghazi.

Up front, Wesley finally ended his goal drought last mid-week at Burnley but then also suffered a season ending knee injury.

Villa will surely be in the market for a centre-forward this month but, in the mean time, Côte d’Ivoire international Jonathan Kodjia will deputise.

He scored a hat-trick in the last round so can he get a vital goal in this semi-final?

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Aston Villa.

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Leicester City

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Leicester City.

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

Premier League table:

1Liverpool FC26251061154676
2Manchester City26173667293854
3Leicester City26155654262850
4Chelsea FC2612594336741
5Tottenham Hotspur2611784334940
6Sheffield United2610972824439
7Manchester United2610883829938
8Wolverhampton Wanderers2681263532336
9Everton FC26106103438-436
10Arsenal FC2671363634234
11Burnley FC26104123039-934
12Southampton FC2694133248-1631
13Newcastle United2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove Albion2669113138-727
16AFC Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham United2666143045-1524
19Watford FC2659122440-1624
20Norwich City2646162448-2418
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