After their stunning win against Liverpool before the international break, unbeaten Aston Villa now travel to Leicester City in the Premier League.
The King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
Key Stat: Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches, winning all three so far this season.
Expert Verdict: Aston Villa made it three wins from three in the Premier League in stunning fashion before the international break. Leicester have been inconsistent so far, beating Manchester City but losing to West Ham in their last two games. Villa should have confidence and can snatch a result at the King Power Stadium.
James Maddison is expected to play some part in this match, while Jonny Evans and Dennis Praet could be in contention. Evans is more likely to feature than Praet. Jamie Vardy is another facing a late fitness test and Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu are set for lengthier spells on the sidelines.
Kasper Schmeichel – Aston Villa hit seven goals last time out so the Foxes’ experienced stopper – with injury absences in front of him – could be key this week.
Jamie Vardy – Scored three goals in Leicester’s last win as they saw off Manchester City, having also scored twice against West Brom.
Harvey Barnes – The winger grabbed a goal and an assist in the win against Burnley and remains a key part of Leicester’s attacking play.
Leicester City have won one of their last three matches but it was a notable win – Jamie Vardy hitting a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Manchester City. James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also scored. Either side, however, Leicester have fired blanks – a 2-0 loss to Arsenal and a 3-0 defeat to West Ham.
Defenders:Timothy Castagne, Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans, James Justin
Midfielders:Youri Tielemans, Nampy Mendy
Attacking Midfielders:Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under, Ayoze Perez
Bjorn Engels was injured again but is expected to be available for this match, while Kortney Hause could also return. Wesley and Tom Heaton are still long-term absentees.
Jack Grealish – Set up three goals and then scored twice in the destruction of Liverpool last time out and still seemingly has something to prove to England manager Gareth Southgate too.
Ollie Watkins – Announced himself as the goalscorer Aston Villa so desperately need with his three goals last time out.
Ross Barkley – Scored last time out and could prove a smart signing as he looks to rebuild a career that stalled with his move to Chelsea.
Aston Villa lost 1-0 to Stoke in the Carabao Cup but they have won all three league games they have played so far this season. They stole the headlines in the last weekend before the international break with their stunning 7-2 win against Liverpool. Ollie Watkins scored three times, John McGinn and Ross Barkley hit the target and Jack Grealish’s double added even more gloss to the scoreline.
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, John McGinn
Attacking Midfielders:Trezeguet, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish
After nearly four years between fixtures, Aston Villa and Leicester met four times last season. Leicester won both league matches comfortably – winning 4-1 at Villa Park and 4-0 at home. Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes scored twice each in the most recent fixture. In between, however, Villa won in the Carabao Cup semi-final with a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 win to win 3-2 on aggregate.
Aston Villa were in stunning form prior to the international break with their incredible win against Liverpool last time out.
It made it three wins from three and was a true statement of a much-improved team, with a clinical finisher up front and their key creative player still in their ranks too.
Jack Grealish scored two and set up three, while Ollie Watkins scored three and grabbed an assist.
Grealish was already their key player but Watkins could be a the key addition up front, having been crying out for a goalscorer last season.
There is no way they cannot take confidence from the win against Liverpool and they can follow that up against inconsistent Leicester.
The Foxes beat Manchester City 5-2 to answer themselves this season, but a 3-0 defeat to West Ham last time was a surprise and they also lost in the League Cup to Arsenal.
Jamie Vardy remains their key attacking outlet and is expected to be fit, but he is one of ten players in total on the potential injury list.
They are light at the back as a result and the Foxes could pay the price. Aston Villa can win this game.
Leicester are 11/10 to win 888sport but in-form Aston Villa might be worth backing at 13/5 with Bet365.
After the goals in their fixtures this season, over 2.5 goals is worth 4/6 with Bet365.
Both teams to score has been set at 8/15 with Bet365 and 10Bet.
Jamie Vardy is a best price of 19/20 to score at any time for Leicester, while Ollie Watkins is 2/1 with 888sport for Aston Villa.
Aston Villa are in winning form and were spectacularly clinical against Liverpool last time out. They can back that up in this game.