Leicester didn’t have a difficult task winning over Wigan Athletic at home with a 2:0 result in the FA Cup last Saturday afternoon.
They made a concrete and solid start into the match, taking the lead via an own goal in the 19th minute and have doubled up the lead in the 40th via Barnes.
The Foxes remained to be better despite lowering down the tempo a bit, however without further scoreline change.
The side also comes from two back to back victories in Premiership away to Newcastle and West Ham. They continue to fly high in the second position and enjoy the season completely for now.
Central defender Benkovic (1/0) is out injured, same as another central back Morgan (7/0).
Aston Villa couldn’t progress further in the FA Cup, even though the team visited Championship side Fulham and could have done more.
In the end, they have suffered a 2:1 defeat, pretty deservedly as the Villans played very passive in the first halftime. The match became more interesting in the second, but the tempo was brought by Fulham who took the lead first.
Even though the guests leveled up in the 63rd minute via El-Ghazi, they weren’t able to cope with the hosts who simply created more and also deserved more overall.
As for the Premier League, the come from a 1:2 victory away to Burnley, in a bit surprising but deserved manner since their hosts looked terribly passive all the match.
Forward Davis (6/0) is doubtful, while injured are goalkeepers Steer (1/0), Heaton (20/0), forward Wesley (21/5), midfielder McGinn (18/3) and left-back Targett (14/1).
So deep into the competition, the full competitive motive is expected from both teams. Having that in mind, anything but an easy victory for the Foxes will be a surprise.
Not only they are much better individually, but the team is playing with much bigger fluidity all season long and should control the result all the way. Since it’s a knockout phase, it’s difficult to see the Villans remaining stable at the back once they start risking more.