Date: 15th January 2016 at 10:26pm
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Saturday’s evening encounter sees basement side Aston Villa welcome joint-leaders Leicester City to Villa Park.

The hosts picked up their first win in 20 league outings on Tuesday, recording a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace – Remi Garde’s first three points since taking charge of the Villains.

Wayne Hennessey’s error moved them to within eight points of safety, and moved them onto 11 for the campaign – level with Derby County’s 2007/08 record lowest tally over 38 games.

That was also their only home win in the league this season; Villa’s other victory came away at Bournemouth on the opening day in August.

Comparatively, Claudio Ranieri’s men recovered from a mini-slump to keep the pressure on their title rivals as Robert Huth’s late header at Tottenham Hotspur moved the Foxes level on points with leaders Arsenal.

They will need to improve on their recent record against the strugglers; Villa have lost just three of the last nine encounters between the two, most recently a 3-2 defeat in September, in which they led 2-0 before a late comeback from the Foxes.

However, City’s last two wins have come on the road and their only loss away from the King Power Stadium this term came against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Team News:

Captain Micah Richards is fit after missing the win against Palace, but fellow defender Alan Hutton remains sidelined.

Midfielders Carlos Sanchez and Jack Grealish is 50-50 to make the game, as is forward Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Wide man Jeffrey Schlupp is still a few weeks away from fitness for the Foxes, while Matty James is still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Other than that, Ranieri has a fully fit squad to choose from.

League Positions: Aston Villa – 20th (11 pts); Leicester City – 2nd (43 pts)
Previous Meeting: Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa, September 13, 2015
League Form: Aston Villa – LDDLLW; Leicester City – WWLDDW
Key Players: Aston Villa – Jordan Ayew; Leicester City – Riyad Mahrez
Shoot Says: Aston Villa 0-2 Leicester City

 
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