Game #5615

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #27 |

League Match | #23 |
Manager Game | #110 |
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Premier League | Home | Leicester City | Villa Park | Behind closed doors | 

20-21 #27 John McGinn
20-21 #27 John McGinn

Sunday, 21 February 2021 | Super John McGinn takes time out to tie his laces and contemplate being 2 goals down to Leicester City

20-21 #27 Ollie Watkins
20-21 #27 Ollie Watkins

Sunday, 21 February 2021 | Ollie Watkins retrieves the ball from the ex-Villa keeper's son after Bertrand Traoré pulls one back on 48'

20-21 #27 John McGinn
20-21 #27 John McGinn

Sunday, 21 February 2021 | Super John McGinn takes time out to tie his laces and contemplate being 2 goals down to Leicester City

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Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 14.05 |
Referee | Michael Oliver |

 HT Score | 0-2 |

 FT Result | Lost |
 FT Score | 1-2 |

Last 5 Games | WLWDL |

Scorer(s) | Bertrand Traoré | 48' |

League Position | 8th | - |

Team News

Matty Cash and captain Jack Grealish are ruled out through injury whilst right back Kaine Kesler is called up to the Premier League squad for the first time this season alongside midfielder and fellow 17 year old Carney Chukwuemeka who makes his first ever squad appearance for the club.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez |

RB Ahmed Elmohamady | BOOKED | 59' |

CB Ezri Konsa |

CB Tyrone Mings |

LB Matt Targett | 

M Douglas Luiz | BOOKED | 51' | SUB OFF | 81' |

M John McGinn |

M Ross Barkley | SUB OFF | 76' |

W Bertrand Traoré | GOAL | 48' |

W Anwar El Ghazi SUB OFF 67' |

CF Ollie Watkins |

Substitutes

W Trézéguet for W Anwar El Ghazi | 67' |

M Jacob Ramsey for M Ross Barkley | 76' |

M Morgan Sanson for M Douglas Luiz | | 81' |

Unused Substitutes

GK Tom Heaton

LB Neil Taylor

RB Kaine Kesler

M Marvelous Nakamba

M Carney Chukwuemeka

CF Keinan Davis

Cards

Yellow | Douglas Luiz for a bad foul | 51' |

Yellow | Ahmed Elmohamady for a bad foul | 59' |

Match Stats

Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 11

Fouls A | 12

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 26.51 | 

Oldest Player | RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 33.48 |

Youngest Player | M Douglas Luiz | 22.81 |

Not Selected

GK Jed Steer

Unavailable

Injury | 5 |

CF Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - Unknown |

CB Kortney Hause | Foot, 20 Jan 21 - 20 Mar 21 |

RB Matty Cash | Hamstring, 21 Feb - Unknown |

M Jack Grealish | Leg, 21 Feb - Unknown |

CB Björn Engels | Back, 21 Feb - Unknown | 

Loaned Out | 4 |

CF Cameron Archer | Solihull Moors | 2 Oct 20 - 3 Jan 21 |

GK Lovre Kalinić | HNK Hajduk Split | 18 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21 |

M Conor Hourihane | Swansea City | 20 Jan 20 - 31 May 21 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | RC Strasbourg Alsace |  31 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21 |

On this day 21 February 2021

17 year old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka makes his first ever squad appearance for the club

Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Sunday, 21 February 2021*

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers said his squad have a "greater calmness" in chasing a Champions League place this season.

The Foxes went six points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea as James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win against an Aston Villa side without the injured Jack Grealish.

Leicester missed out on a Champions League spot on the final day of last season after a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United, despite spending much of that campaign in the top four.

"We were able to go in and reflect on last season and go through it in pre-season," Rodgers told Sky Sports after his side's win at Villa Park.

"There's a greater calmness. We're playing some great football, but at times you have to dig in and have spirit, and we are able to do that."

Villa were given a lifeline when Bertrand Traore volleyed home a loose ball, but Leicester controlled the game and held on to all three points.

With England manager Gareth Southgate watching on, English duo Maddison and Barnes starred for Leicester in the first half.

Maddison, 24, had been involved in eight goals in his past nine league appearances coming into this fixture, and it took him just 19 minutes to curl Leicester in front after a lay-off from Barnes.

And Barnes was then in the right place moments later, tapping in after Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez parried a close-range Jamie Vardy effort.

Maddison was substituted midway through the second half after a knock to his hip.

But Rodgers told BBC Sport that the change was merely a preventative measure.

"James had an issue with his hip last season so we'll assess that. He felt some pain, so as a precaution we took him off."

He added: "I thought some of our football and the speed of our game was really, really good. We didn't have too many concerns defensively.

"I was so pleased and very proud of the team."

'We'll assess Grealish as we go'

A leg injury sustained during training meant that for the first time since November 2019, club captain Jack Grealish was not in the Aston Villa squad for a Premier League match.

"We will assess it as we go. It is certainly not a recurrence of an old injury and certainly not long term," Aston Villa boss Dean Smith told BBC Sport.

"I expect him to be pushing, if not for [our next game against] Leeds, then the week after; but I'll be guided by the medical staff.

"They haven't told me how long he'll be out for yet, so the speculation is great. We'll just see how it goes."

Nobody has been involved in more Villa goals than Grealish this season, and without their captain, Smith's side looked a shadow of their usual selves in the first half as they went 2-0 down.

Forward Traore halved the deficit three minutes after the restart, pouncing on a loose ball after Matt Targett's cross was flicked on by John McGinn.

But Leicester easily wrestled back control, with a late Tyrone Mings header the only other chance of note for the hosts.

Grealish had started Villa's previous 48 league fixtures - but they must learn to adapt to life without him if he does not return quickly.