ANOTHER stunning win for Leicester on Wednesday. Will Aston Villa be their next victim here? Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) gives us his view.
Aston Villa v Leicester | Saturday 17:30 | Sky Sports 1
Lots of people seem to be putting Leicester at the heart of their weekend bets and it’s not hard to figure out why. Their story this season has been one of the most enriching I’ve ever seen in top-flight English football in my lifetime.
Claudio Ranieri’s side, like a brilliant jumps horse, seem to answer every call and clear the fence/opponent with grace. Ok, they have dropped points in the last couple of weeks but that midweek win over Tottenham was a massive victory that screamed, “we’re here to stay!”
Imagine this was Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool or Tottenham going to Villa Park on Saturday. Would they be odds on? Hell right they would be. Leicester are seven points ahead of Spurs having just beat them on their own turf and an enormous 12 clear of Liverpool. Odds against Leicester feels generous.
My only word of warning about lumping on the Foxes would be Villa’s reaction to that much much-needed win on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace. Could that galvanise the squad a la Leicester last season? I very much doubt that. Leicester had played fairly well last season despite sitting bottom, Villa deserve to be propping up the table.
Remi Garde’s side had just three shots on target on Tuesday night against a Palace side now on their worst top-flight goalscoring run since the 1990’s. Turning point? Not for me. But let’s see.
Looking at this game pragmatically you’ve got the side with the fewest defeats in the whole league up against a team with defeats in 66% of their matches and you’re getting odds against on the in-form side. Keep it simple and back Leicester.
Aston Villa v Leicester – Leicester to win (6/5 Bet365)
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