Game #5615

2020-21

Position:

8th (-)

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Premier League

Leicester City

Villa Park

Attendance: Behind closed doors (COVID-19)

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Villa are below par once again as Leicester win in B6.

Aston Villa

1-2

Leicester City

Scorer(s) | Bertrand Traoré | 48' |

Assist(s) | None

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5615

Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Match | #23 |
Manager Game | #110 |
Sunday, 21 February 2021

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 2.05pm |
Referee | Michael Oliver |
HT Score | 0-2 |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | WLWDL |
League Position | 8th | - |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £159.03m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 26.51 |

Oldest Player:
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 33.48 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 22.81 |

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.

UNAVAILABLE

Not Selected | 1 |
Jed Steer

Injury | 5 |
Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - Unknown |
Kortney Hause | Foot, 20 Jan 21 - 20 Mar 21 |
Matty Cash | Hamstring, 21 Feb - Unknown |
Jack Grealish | Leg, 21 Feb - Unknown |
Björn Engels | Back, 21 Feb - Unknown |

Loaned Out | 3 |
Conor Hourihane | Swansea City |
Frédéric Guilbert | RC Strasbourg Alsace |
GK Lovre Kalinić | HNK Hajduk Split |

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

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB Ezri Konsa |
CB Tyrone Mings |
LB Matt Targett |
M Douglas Luiz |
M John McGinn |
M Ross Barkley |
W Bertrand Traoré |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
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

THE OPPOSITION

GK Kasper Schmeichel, CB Çağlar Söyüncü, CB Jonny Evans, RB Ricardo Pereira (CB Daniel Amartey), RB Timothy Castagne, LB Luke Thomas, W Youri Tielemans (M Hamza Choudhury), M James Maddison (g) (M Nampalys Mendy), W Harvey Barnes (g), M Wilfred Ndidi, CF Jamie Vardy.

Manager: Brendan Rodgers.
Team Cost: £161.75m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Ollie Watkins tussles for the ball, 21 February 2021

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MATCH TIMELINE

19’ Goal, 0-1, (Leicester City)
23’ Goal, 0-2, (Leicester City)
HT Aston Villa 0-2 Leicester City
48’ Goal, 1-2, Bertrand Traoré
51’ Booking, Douglas Luiz for a bad foul
59’ Booking, Ahmed Elmohamady for a bad foul
67’ Sub off, W Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on W Trézéguet
76’ Sub off, M Ross Barkley, Sub on M Jacob Ramsey
81’ Sub off, M Douglas Luiz, Sub on M Morgan Sanson
FT Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester City

ON THIS DAY

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

QUOTES

*Dean Smith*
*Sunday, 21 February 2021*

'We'll assess Grealish as we go'

"We will assess it as we go. It is certainly not a recurrence of an old injury and certainly not long term," .

"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."

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*BBC Sport*
*Sunday, 21 February 2021*

"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."

*BBC Sport*
*Sunday, 21 February 2021*

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​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.
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​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.
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