Aston Villa and Leicester City square off in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tonight with the tie level at 1-1 after the first leg at the King Power Stadium.
With Manchester City favorites to overcome rivals Manchester United in the other semi-final, a Wembley battle against Pep Guardiola awaits the victors at Villa Park.
📝 Match Preview
It’s fair to say that the Foxes were unlucky in the 1-1 draw in the first leg. This is why they’re favorites this time, even when they are playing an away game. They definitely have the manpower to beat Aston Villa in Birmingham, which is what they showed in the Premier League in December when they won by 4:1.
Jack Grealish will be critical to any hopes of a Villa win. The 24-year-old, who has nine goals and six assists in 25 appearances across all competitions this season, has even earned support for a first senior England call-up.
Dean Smith's underdogs proved at the King Power earlier in January that they have the potential to disrupt Leicester's rhythm, but bettering that result on home soil will be a tough ask. They will, however, find the back of the net.
✅ Betting tips
The last time Leicester traveled to Villa Park they struck four past a hapless Heaton and will be confident of inflicting further misery on the Villa goal. With Ndidi back in the midfield to sure things up and optimism high on the King Power terraces, Rodgers should have enough momentum to galvanize his troops and coax a win.
Scoreline prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Leicester
💵 Our expert bets
- Back Leicester City to score over 1.5 goals priced at 1.55
- Back over 2.5 goals priced at 1.57
- Back over 0.5 Villa goals priced at 1.38
- Shoot for the moon and back a 1-3 scoreline at fulltime priced at 9.25
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