Aston Villa’s Premier League season resumes for the final time this weekend when they make the short trip to Europa Conference League semi-finalists, Leicester City.
Villa head into the game on the back of four successive defeats and are desperate to get onto some sort of positive track to conclude what has been a turbulent season to date.
The Foxes on the other hand have their attention fully on European success and their distraction could provide the little bit of complacency Steven Gerrard’s men need to capitalise.
When and where is the game?
The game takes place on Saturday 23rd April at Leicester City’s home of the King Power Stadium.
Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 (BST).
Is Leicester City vs Aston Villa on TV?
No. Due to the standard 3PM blackout across Saturday games in England, the game won’t be aired on television.
Supporters will however be able to listen to audio commentary of the game via Leicester City’s LCFC TV or alternatively, watch highlights of the game on Match Of The Day from 22:20 on BBC One.
Who is the match referee?
Andy Madley will take charge of the game this weekend with Richard West and Mark Scholes his assistants.
Martin Atkinson is on fourth official duties whilst Peter Bankes and Neil Davies are in charge of VAR.
Madley has only taken charge of one Leicester and Villa fixture this season. He officiated the Foxes 4-2 win over Watford in November and more recently was the man in the middle for the claret & blue’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal last month.
After getting more minutes under his belt in a behind closed doors fixture versus Brentford, Marvelous Nakamba will be pushing for his first start of 2022 following injury.
Lucas Digne (collarbone), Bertrand Traore (groin), Morgan Sanson and Kortney Hause will all be unavailable for the trip to Leicester, though.
Leicester on the other hand will be without a number of key men.
Wilfried Ndidi and Ryan Bertrand are already confirmed out for the fixture whilst Jamie Vardy could make an unlikely return dependent on how he responds to his last round of injections on his knee injury.
Form guide (all competitions)
Leicester City: DDWWLD
Aston Villa: WWLLLL
The Foxes have the better of the two historically, winning 44 times to Villa’s 36 with 25 draws.
Things have been incredibly even over the last 12 meetings, though with both sides picking up five wins each with two ties.
An Ezri Konsa brace was enough to hand the claret & blue all three points in the reverse picture back at Villa Park in December.
Leicester City: 17/10
Aston Villa: 6/4
(Odds correct as of 21st April with SkyBet)
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