Leicester – Aston Villa is the 3rd-versus-2nd Premier League matchup that precisely no one expected — not even in matchweek 5, early as it is — but it’s setting up to be the perfect litmus test for each side when they meet at the King Power Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 2:15 pm ET, online via Peacock Premium).
For the Foxes, the question is this: Can they bounce back from a rather embarrassing 3-0 defeat to West Ham United last time out, and re-establish themselves as the top-four contenders they believe they are? Brendan Rodgers’ side will have to do so while shorthanded, though, as the hugely important trio of Jamie Vardy, Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans is unlikely to be available due to injuries.
As for Villa, the world wants to know just one thing: Where did the team that dismantled defending champions Liverpool, 7-2, come from, and will they be sticking around for the remainder of the season? While their red-hot form is something of a new development, perhaps Dean Smith worked out the magic formula late last season as Villa went unbeaten in their final four games of 2019-20 and have done the same through three to start 2020-21.
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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Leicester – Aston