Aston Villa 1, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers is now following a plan we love, as he continues to play with four men in the back and just slot players in and out as he goes from strength to strength. He also keeps believing in Luke Thomas as he did with James Justin and it just works wonders for the younger players.

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First half was a fantastic performance from Leicester and the goals scored was taken out of the book of football as the team evolve from game to game, and came back heavily from the 0-0 in Prague midweek.

James Maddison scored the first after great link up’s with Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, Barnes slotted in the second as his goal form is on and with Gareth Southgate watching from the stands it must thrilling for the two English internationals to just tear Aston Villa apart.

Leicester had a clear and controlled domination and being 2-0 up away at Villa Park after 45 minutes is just perfect, but also a difficult lead as you still are in a game that could end anywhere really, though we all believed Leicester would come out second half and try to score more.

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But it was not the best of starts in the second half as Leicester conceded an early goal from Traore, who was on fire, and among a group of players that Brendan Rodgers should look carefully on as he tries to strengthen his squad for next season.

After this it never really was not a game of excitement anymore with Aston Villa pushing on for an equalizer, but Kasper Schmeichel did well and kept Leicester in the game with some good saves from different attempts.

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There were five minutes added on, and a bit of nerves came in, but all in all a great defensive performance second half secured another win which takes Leicester into second place in the table, three points in front of Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers must be very pleased with the team and despite having a bit of a number of injury problems and also seeing James Maddison limping off today, it’s really impressive to see how he manage to bring a new and competitive side to the field in every game.

  • Positives
    • Another great performance from the team, greatly selected by Brendan Rodgers
    • James Maddison and Harvey Barnes goals
    • Jamie Vardy looking lively and close to getting a goal
  • Negatives:
    • The start of second half, not good enough
    • Not able to kill the game completely, not making much offensively second half
    • Maddison probable injury
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 7, Soyuncu 7, Evans 7, Thomas 7, Tielemans 7, Ndidi 8, Maddison 7, Vardy 6, Barnes 7, Pereira 6 Subs: Mendy, Choudhury, Amartey
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Wilfred Ndidi

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 50 / 50
  • Corners: 7 / 8
  • Shots on target: 2 / 7
  • Fouls: 11 / 11

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