Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
After eliminating Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup round 3, Leicester City will be aiming to extend their winning run in all competitions to four games when they host Aston Villa at their King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening. Jamie Vardy is rated doubtful for the Carabao Cup clash against Aston Villa, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered.
Brendan Rodgers is doing an amazing job with Leicester City, who are on the right track to book their place in the Champions League. The Villans, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement in the Premier League of late, but away win should not be considered as they often struggle on the travels. When the two teams met at Villa Park in the English top flight earlier this term the Foxes outplayed the Villans 4-1.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later.
The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite.
Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946.
Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well.
The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.