Leicester vs Aston Villa: Little clarity was gained in the confusing mid-table mess as the Foxes and Villans played to a scoreless draw at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
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The Foxes (42 points) started the weekend 9th in the Premier League table and have since slipped to 10th following Newcastle’s fourth straight win on Saturday. Aston Villa (37 points), meanwhile, remains 15th, still very close to the top 10.
Leicester vs Aston Villa final score, stats, results
Final score: Leicester 0, Aston Villa 0
Scorers: Leicester (None), Aston Villa (None)
Shots: Leicester 5, Aston Villa 11
Shots on target: Leicester 2, Aston Villa 3
Ownership: Leicester 64%, Aston Villa 36%
2 things we learned – Leicester v Aston Villa
1. Foxes focused on Thursday: Despite having 64% possession in the game, Leicester managed just five shots, with just three of them in the first 75 minutes. Given his team selection, Brendan Rodgers didn’t appear to be looking past Aston Villa as the Foxes prepared for Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the Europa Conference League semi-finals on Thursday, but their pace painfully slow and their risk aversion painted a different picture. . They’ll likely be on the back foot for much of this tie, so it makes sense that Rodgers coached his team on smart possession and solid defensive transitions, using Saturday’s game as a low-stakes test of their readiness.
2. A solid team without making a difference: On the one hand, Aston Villa are in the race for a place in the first half of the same season in which they sold Jack Grealish to Manchester City. On the other hand, Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia, the three players signed with the $140 million received for Grealish, have combined for just 8 goals and 11 assists in 3,911 minutes this season. None of the three are close to the 2,000 minute mark (Ings is the closest, at 1,602) due to injuries and poor form throughout the campaign. And yet, they are in no danger of being relegated and could still finish in the top half. The same reason why this season has been a slog could also be the biggest cause for optimism next season.