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

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Brendan Rodgers made a huge mistake again in his line-up, dropping Jamie Vardy. Resting Vardy will any day of the week weaken a Leicester team. Vardy is as important for Leicester as Lewandowski is for Bayern Munich, Haaland is for Dortmund and Kane for Spurs. Vardy is the key reason why this football club has been able to compete at the top level in recent years, without him Leicester are a bit lost.

But it looked as if Brendan Rodgers had hit bulls eye with his selection, giving Daka a start, with the Zambian international assisting Harvey Barnes with his fantastic 1-0 goal.

Leicester as so many times before this season looks a bit shaky after scoring and lets the other team get back in the game and with sloppy defending again from the defenders Villa came back in the 17th minute with a Konsa goal.

Leicester looked the strongest team for the rest of the first half and had a number of half chances to score, but not able to convert, which is a pity as they played ok.

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall got his first start in a Premier League fixture and he was positive, but in the end he is in there because Youri Tielemans was absent, never managed to set the record straight as Tielemans does, and again not being able to get the ball over the line.

Instead it all went into totally darkness when Konsa turned up inside of the Leicester penalty box after 54 minutes and his header found the net from close distance. Sadly it was not possible for Kasper Schmeichel to clear it, and then a fantastic 1-0 lead had been turned around, not to understand.

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Brendan Rodgers again missed vital points in his team selection, needs to do strange changes bringing on Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, who BR has put totally in the freezer, it’s a shame. A desperate act of BR as he again stumbles again and can only blame no one but himself missing vital points as he upset balance in a team that was on a road of something of a good ride.

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Kasper Schmeichel had to do a number of massive saves to keep Leicester in the game and he also left his goal late in the 2nd half to try to help the team getting a goal, but it was not to be.

It’s not the time to talk anyone down as they all are of course doing their best, but what James Maddison did from his free kick just before the end was a riddle.

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A grand gesture was of course the one minute of applause for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. His story and the tragic outfall at the age of six, has alerted the Solihull community. Not to be forgotten and again football showed their true face by using their chance to address this, knowing that the World is watching, as these games goes global and reaches most areas of the planet.

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Despite a late push for goals, Leicester missed their chance of points and after a good run of games it all stopped at Villa Park, sadly because Jamie Vardy had to watch from the stands for too long. Patson Daka is not to blame at all, being positive in the first half, bringing forward an assist.

Leicester will play Napoli midweek and hopefully a new round of games in the Europa League will be the result and with a place in Conference League secured hopefully there will be no one nervous.

  • Positives
    • Barnes and Daka combining fantastic, a brilliant 1-0 goal
    • Not able to play an eleven that can hold on to a lead and secure a win after being in front
    • Kasper Schmeichel making a great number of saves
  • Negatives:
    • Vardy benched, he is not replaceable
    • Sloppy defending
    • Ademola Lookman, he is not better than Albrigton or Perez, Daka or Kelechi, sadly he is starting games and looks as a favorite of Brendan Rodgers

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 6, Evans 6, Thomas 5, Soyuncu 6, Dewsbury-Hall 6, Ndidi 5, Daka 6, Barnes 7, Lookman 4, Maddison 6, Subs: Iheanacho, Vardy, Perez

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Harvey Barnes

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 40 / 60
  • Corners: 3 / 6
  • Shots on target: 4 / 5
  • Fouls: 8 / 25

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