Birmingham news Aston Villa vs Leicester City LIVE updates from Villa Park PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - We're live inside Villa Park for today's showdown between Dean Smith's Villa and Brendan Rodgers' high-flying Foxes with Villa winning the reverse fixture back in October
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It's match day in B6 again as Villa bid to return back to winning ways against Leicester City this afternoon. Dean Smith admitted this week how he deleted last week's match video of the goalless draw at Brighton and put it down to a rare off-night. Fast-forward a week and it's high-flying Leicester who stand in Villa's way as Smith looks to bounce back by out-foxing Brendan Rodgers' men. In terms of team news, Smith's without the injured Matty Cash for the next three to four weeks after his hamstring injury while it's expected Ahmed Elmohamady will start in his place. For Leicester, the visitors drew 0-0 in Prague on Thursday night but Rodgers will have full-backs Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira back in contention. Stay with us for all of the pre-game build-up, confirmed team news, kick-by-kick coverage, player ratings and post-match reaction. Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece will be inside the Trinity Road Stand providing updates before, during and after as Villa will look to climb the table once more. The dedicated blow, BELOW, will automatically update.Ashley PreeceBrendan Rodgers: Aston Villa have been fantastic (Image: PA)Brendan Rodgers believes Aston Villa are onto a winner with Dean Smith.The two managers come face-to-face in a short while when third-placed Leicester rock up at Villa Park for today's 2.05pm showdown.Here's what Rodgers said about Villa in the build up:They’ve been fantastic for me this season, because of the nature of how they came up, you’re always chasing it when it’s the play-offs, getting new players in.There was a lot that Dean had to deal with last season but they got over the line, stayed up, and that gave them the summer to invest in the squad and stabilise everything.They’ve brought in very good players. The goalkeeper has given them that security, Ross Barkley is a fantastic player, Jack Grealish is one of the top players for me at this level, he’s such an outstanding talent, and he’s one that makes everyone else better.And Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash coming in, these are two boys that have shown the hunger to succeed at the highest level and that can really spread through the group.I think, one game a week, you can prepare and get ready, and they come into every game, and in the main, have played very well.Earlier in the season we had a really tight game against them, they got the goal towards the end. They’ve shown they are a team of quality and we’ll look forward to hopefully a good game.Ashley PreecePredicted line-up: Morgan Sanson in for Ross BarkleyNow, in terms of potential changes today, Morgan Sanson did well on his brief cameo against Brighton last week and is closer than he's ever been to gate-crashing Smith's starting XI.That could well happen knowing his energy will be needed up against Leicester. A sensible change, though, could be the inclusion of Marvelous Nakamba knowing a: Leicester's ability going forward and b: James Maddison in his No.10 role.However, here's how we think Smith could line up with Sanson potentially in for his first start:Leicester last time out vs Liverpool (won 3-1): Schmeichel; Amartey, Evans, Soyuncu, Pereira; N'didi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.Ashley PreeceCLARET & BLUE: Talking all things John McGinnAshley PreeceDean Smith: Konsa won't be getting distractedDean Smith was quick to laugh off suggestions linking Ezri Konsa with a money-spinning move away to the likes of Liverpool or Tottenham.The 23-year-old is, according to The Athletic, attracting serious interest from both Liverpool and Spurs with the two clubs said to be "keeping tabs" on the impressive centre-back.Smith was asked how Konsa would deal with such gossip, and said:He certainly won't get distracted. I'm not sure Ezri reads any newspapers but he's probably seen it online I would have thought, somewhere.
News source = PremierLeague-News.Com
.He's enjoying his football and it's his first full season, really, in the Premier League.He's excelling in his position at the moment and he's been one of our best players this season and done really well. He's very consistent and reliable.That's what I wanted from him. I wanted him to get out of his game the concentration lapses he was prone to having and he's done that really well and he's become an established player now.Ashley PreeceJack Grealish: I've got a good football brain to adaptAston Villa's Jack Grealish reactsAston Villa captain Jack Grealish has detailed how the opposition in recent weeks have been getting the better of him, but said: "I've got a good enough football brain to adapt."The talented skipper hasn't hit his usual standards in Villa's last three Premier League fixtures with Brighton doubling up on him once more last weekend.He said: If I'm honest the last three games have been the most difficult - only because I feel like in the West Ham, Brighton and a little bit against Arsenal that the opposition have set up to stop me.They've doubled up on me massively and have followed every movement I do.But that's down to me. It happens to all good players over the world. It's up to the good players to do something different in the game.I've got a good enough football brain to adapt to that.Ashley PreeceMarc Albrighton: Aston Villa was my lifeAston Villa will come up against one of their own later today when Marc Albrighton returns to Villa Park.The 31-year-old has been a favourite for Brendan Rodgers this season and made his 12th start of the campaign for last week's impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool.The boyhood Villan spent 16 years at Bodymoor Heath and went from boy to man after making his first-team debut on the opening day of the 2009-10 season under then-manager Martin O'Neill.He spoke about his exit and why he chose to move to Leicester on a free back in 2014:I looked at Leicester and the stability I felt they had there was long-term. The players that they had.They were my kind of players who want to work hard for each other. It was the best move I could have hoped for.And, as upset as I was to leave Villa, them not offering me a contract was the best thing that's happened to me because anything that was on the table; whether it be a year or pay-as-you-play, anything, I would have signed because that was my club.I just totally loved the club. I knew no different. That was my life.Aston Villa was my life since I was young. I'd probably say I was getting a bit complacent there and never really pushed on as much as I could.
Source = PremierLeague-News.Com